Born in Rome (Italy), Sara Pettinella studied art, design and photography in Italy and the United Kingdom. She won the Interfaces Award (University of Rome – Museum of the Photographic Image and Visual Arts) in 2002, and worked in theater and movie productions for several years in Italy and Belgium.
Since 2004, she has been active in the non-profit sector in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa working with refugees and other vulnerable groups through photography and design. In 2011, she relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where she showcased her work and received photography awards (ArtisTTable 2014, the New York Center for Photographic Art 2015).
Since 2014, she has ben directing, shooting and editing video documentary, with a special focus on music and performative arts. Her ongoing projects are the documentation of the work of New York based artist Elena Berriolo and the documentation of the music relief project OTONOWA, started in Japan after the 2011 earthquake-tsunami by a Japanese American jazz band.
At the end of 2016, she became involved with the jazz band blood drum spirit. She conducted interviews and filmed the band in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont during live performances and lectures and combined the footage with the footage the band had collected during its trip to Ghana.
At 3 years old, royal hartigan was tap-dancing in variety shows. He has gone on to forge a unique and influential voice, both as a drummer who draws on a wide range of influences, and scholar in world traditions and their adaptation to jazz. royal’s publications include West African Rhythms for Drumset; and Dancing on the Time. royal has played on numerous recordings, and is the recipient of Fulbright awards for study in the Philippines and Ghana.
David Bindman has been part of the New York jazz avant-garde since the late 1980s. His work as both saxophonist and composer is heard on acclaimed recordings by the Brooklyn Sax Quartet, the group he co-led with Fred Ho, by his sextet, and many others. David creates works with artists across media, including a new collaboration with visual artist Malin Abrahamsson.
is a virtuosic pianist active in New York and around the world. Coming out of the fertile Asian American creative music community in San Francisco, he has participated in tours sponsored by the State Department, and tours frequently in Japan with Akira Tana and others. Art’s trio has released three recordings.
Wes Brown has the distinction of having played with artists from three different centuries. Wes toured the world with legendary pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines, and has played with such iconoclasts as Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, and Anthony Davis. His versatile work on bass, keyboard, and African flute is documented on numerous recordings.
A master dancer, dramatist, and musician who has toured the world, recorded, given master classes, and appeared in films about African culture. He studied at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana-Legon and was an artist and teacher with the Arts Council of Ghana. Kwabena was a founding member of the African jazz-highlife Talking Drums ensemble. An authority on African dance, language, culture, and drama, he is a professor of African dance, music, and culture at UMass Dartmouth. He is collaborating with royal hartigan on a book with DVD on Asante adinkra symbols, their meaning, and musical adaptation.
A master drummer, dancer, and authority on African music and culture who has toured the world, recorded, and performed with many legendary artists in African American traditions including Ed Blackwell, Anthony Braxton, Jayne Cortez, Hugh Masakela, Steve Gadd, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Max Roach, Nexus, World Drums, Dave Holland, and Rufus Reid. He studied at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana-Legon, and was a master drummer with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble.
He has also influenced and inspired students and professional musicians through his life with his Jazz-Highlife group Talking Drums, and as co-author (with royal hartigan and Freeman Donkor) of West African Rhythms for Drumset, a groundbreaking notation and adaptation to trap drums of traditional and contemporary African rhythms, and (with Dumisani Maraire and Judith Cook Tucker) of Let Your Voice Be Heard! Abraham has been awarded the Afro-Caribbean World Music Symposium Achievement Award and the Percussive Arts Society Award.
Kobena taught at Wesleyan University’s renowned world music program from 1969-2016. He is a father of African music in the U. S.
Professor and former Director of the Centre for Cultural and African Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumase, Ghana. He had his Secondary Education in Achimota School and holds a BA with Honors in Art, an MA in African Art, and a London Diploma. He is also a member of the College Arts Association of New York, USA, and specializes in African Art, Culture, Visual Culture, Technology in Education, 3D Architectural Renderings and Animation, Sound Engineering, Sound Design, and Videography. He collaborates with musicians, visual artists, literary artists, and other performance artists throughout the world, and is a strong advocate for global multicultural education.
Visual artist from Ghana who has studied and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology in Kumase, Ghana. His has been active with his photography and video in Ghana.
Writer, photographer, and videographer from the San Francisco bay area, California, USA. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, where he studied International Political Economy. After graduation, Cohn moved to Yangsan, South Korea where he taught English for one year. He was the recipient of a Fulbright-MTV award to Ghana in 2014-15 and his research focused on the political-economic impact of music on Ghana’s rich history and culture. He set up a program to facilitate access to music education for the youth of Accra, Ghana’s capital. Working with local musicians and organizations, Cohn developed a program to give the students a voice and instill the power of music into those who seek it. Ben assisted with video recording and logistics and chronicled our activities for online posting for our film project. Since returning to the United States, he has focused on music journalism, as he founded a hip-hop web site, Da-What.com.