Words from Collaborators
“Working with Aaron is a lot like playing in a musical duo. Each of the players brings his personal talents / interpretations to the performance to enhance each others creative output with the purpose of creating a “whole art piece”. The resulting performance happens in the present moment. We create a third thing that:
> can never be fully captured.
> becomes a wave in time.
> changes everything .”
- Thank you for the opportunity.
Ryan Lee “Ry”
Working with Aaron J has allowed me to explore new sonic territories and really see first hand how sound and visual art can be combined to create a true experience which appeals to all the senses. I see this becoming something of the future and hope to see more art/music collaborations happening. It has been a pleasure working with Aaron.
When Aaron told me he wanted to write about his ink being the same as other things, I thought “if we all have a common physical AND spiritual origin, then aren’t we truly all made of the same things as everything else?
How different is my body from this ink?.. Just a few atoms difference.
Collaboration with Aaron and Art online has been fruitful in ways that I couldn't have imagined. Their perspective and experience is so different from mine, so it has yielded both process and products that were quite new to me and therefore exciting and beneficial during the chaos of quarantine. I had been curious to explore different ways of making video and live dance that interacted, and while this is completely different from that vision, it was exciting to see how Aaron was able to take my raw footage of dance videos and manipulate that with the over-laying or under-laying of his ink work. The variation of black and white, red, and multicolor evoked different energies plus of course the change of music. Since this was very experimental, we did not start with a concept or an idea of what it would look or feel like. The play of "let's just make something!" allowed us the freedom to create without hesitation. I would, however, also be interested to see what we could create with elements that align with each other in more intentional ways. I'm grateful to have met Aaron and other artists through this online collaboration and am always interested in hearing from and sharing processes with other artists.
I helped ideate for the project presented here. While my interactive book portion didn’t quite get off the ground, it’s always fun to experiment and be part of a process.
In March 2020, Nivi collaborated with Aaron Jack on “Sunday Brunch: a quarantine sing-and-draw.” Aaron Jack illustrated line art live as Nivi sang hits by Billie Holiday, The Eagles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. Audience members interacted with the artists through Instagram Live comments, interpreting Aaron’s drawings.
Tyler Forest “Tye”
Working with Aaron is a spiritual endeavor. He welcomes and entices expression. He speaks from the soul and there’s an honesty and consistency in his artwork. He has a way of connecting with you and really bringing out your deepest emotions.
Bio of Collaborators
LA, CA, USA
Lucas Bakker (Bah-ker) is an American Producer, Composer, Songwriter & Writer. Along with collaborator Tyler Forrest he recently scored the Feature Film "Search and Destroy" from Millenium Films (Netflix, Amazon Prime). He has also scored and worked on other Feature and Short Films, including the Award-Winning "Club Rat$," and "Randy's Canvas." His music has been used in CNN Documentaries, original programming on El Rey Network's "Rebel Without A Crew," and is widely distributed across major platforms.
Raised in a hippie caravan ride up and down the west coast, including five years as a child in Mexico, by a Dutch Father & Mexican-American Mother, he began with piano at age six. Soon after it was on to theatre, classical music, flamenco guitar and rock bands. He graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition, and a side focus in Creative Writing and Theatre.
Lucas has worked with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Amber Patino, Richard Houghten, Know-Madik & more.
LA, CA, USA
Kasey Yale is an LA based Recording Artist with an eccentric focus on Pop and HipHop. You can find his music on all streaming platforms and follow him in all social media at @theofficialyale
LA, CA, USA
Trinity Rose is a beautiful award-winning singer/songwriter from Los Angeles with a heart of gold. She uses her classical training to combine indie pop vocals with perfect pitch and harmonies. In 2017, Trinity was selected as the youngest female contestant ever for the reality TV series, NBC’s “The Voice”. Alicia Keys told her, “Your voice is stunning!” Trinity was also chosen to take part in the prestigious and exclusive GRAMMY CAMP, Los Angeles whose alumni include Maren Morris and Billie Eilish. Her vocal appearances include performances in front of 25,000+ participants at the 2016 and 2018 LA Marathon as well as having starred in the WNBA’s ‘Magic Moment’ at Staples Center for a crowd of 15,000. She is currently working on a EP called ‘Coughing Up Flowers’ with producers Andrew Dixon and Nic Cannone and being mentored by Christina Aguilera songwriter and producer, Heather Holley. Trinity performs in Hollywood venues such as The Hotel Café, Whisky A Go Go & State Social House.
Trinity released a song, "Miss You" this year with Netflix Umbrella Academy star, Aidan Gallagher. These unsigned artists received over 100K streams on Spotify in just the first week and continues to climb. Her latest release, "Coughing Up Flowers" is a signature song for her with its melodic tones and emotional lyrics.
Trinity LOVES to collab. One of her most rewarding projects is a global unity song written, recorded and produced with Ian Sloane called 'Love Is The Only River.' 45 of her local and Hollywood teen friends lovingly named 'One Love Artists' came out and donated their time and voices at the The Musicians' Institute recording studios. Trinity was just named the #1 Teen Songwriter in the world for her work on this project by the International Songwriting Contest. She also just completed a 5 week Music Performance Program at Berklee College of Music this summer which was the top prize.
Trinity has been a part of the LA Mayor's Youth Council for two years and has recently been appointed youth ambassador for Round Table Global that highlights youth who make a difference in the world. They have nominated her to be a Compassionate Leader to join their Summit with the Dalai Lama in 2020.
Trinity Rose has gained a huge following in less than a year on social media. She has over 200,ooo ENGAGED Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & YouTube subscribers with over 2 million views and 500,000 weekly impressions. Her music videos of her original compositions have been selected and won several National Film Festivals.
Trinity Rose is available for music festivals, National Anthem renditions, concerts & special events. She can also be found on IMDb for her acting.
LA, CA, USA
Born in Moscow, Ada came to the U.S. with her family when she was six years old. With musician parents, her childhood was steeped in classical music as she developed into a virtuoso violinist, winning competitions and earning standing ovations from audiences of 2,000+. Her life and career were dramatically altered when severe tendinitis and overuse made playing the instrument impossible. For two years, she lived as a normal teenager, not knowing if she'd ever play again.
She discovered Berklee College of Music, and at the last possible moment submitted an application. As she slowly picked up the violin and prepared one of her favorite pieces to perform at the audition, it was as if she had never stopped playing. After her father drove her to Boston and accompanied her on piano, to her amazement she was awarded the school’s highest honor; A Presidential Scholarship (a full ride)
At Berklee, Ada was intrigued by the diversity of people and music and absorbed a variety of genres such as Pop, Jazz, Bluegrass, and even joined a Mariachi band. One day, sitting on the floor of a Berklee practice room studying a jazz standard, Ada held her violin in her lap and began strumming and plucking it like a guitar. “I had never thought about playing the violin like that, especially while singing,” she says. “It just felt so natural, and I was excited to learn that I could accompany myself.”
Ada lives in LA where she is a Songwriter and Recording/Performing Artist.
Gad began to sing and write music at age four. He first appeared with his father Benny Elbaz, an Israeli singer, accompanying him on the song "Father I Love You". Gad is featured on four CD's with his father. When he was 20, he met his wife Moran who happened to be a fan of his, and married. He later broke out as a solo artist recording ten albums of his own: "Walk in a Straight Path" in 1998, "Light at the End of the Tunnel" in 2003, "Meanings" in 2005, "Almost Quiet" in 2006, “Between the Drops” in 2007, "Live at Caesarea (2 CDs)" in 2008, " Words of Spirit" in 2013, “Nigun Umizmor” in 2014, “Ze Hayom” in 2014, and his latest "Lechaim" in 2017. His multi-city world tours to promote his music and message were successful. His Hashem Melech Tour had over 180 shows in 53 cities. His music videos have been regularly shown on Israeli Music 24 station.
In 2017 and 2018, Gad ranked #1 on the critically acclaimed list of Most Views On Youtube by an Orthodox Jewish Singer, Elbaz has 61 million views on his YouTube channel and 79,000 subscribers.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Lee Robinson is a multidimensional musician who has been an active
participant in the Pittsburgh music scene for over 35 years. Performing
since the age of 9 playing the clarinet, Lee now concentrates his energy on
playing tenor and soprano saxophones.
Lee has performed several local R&B bands, Gentle Persuasion and Band
of Angels to name a few as well as performing with a variety of visiting
jazz performers, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Lew Soloff, and Jack
Lee Robinson has also opened various concerts for Stanley Clarke,
Bachman, Turner, Overdrive along with other professional artists.
As a composer, Lee Robinson has composed original music for
independent films, theater, and dance. He composed the music scores for
PBS documentary: JOBS: A Way Out. Lee also composed the original
music in collaboration with Rhea Harmsen’s for her poetry CD, “Isiah’s
An experimenter of music Lee Robinson in 1996 formed the duo I/O with
Ravish Momin with performance in Japan, in 2001 the Unspunt Orkestra
and in 2003 Time Expansion performing at the Distillery Jazz Festival in
ISKA was the first professional jazz quartet formed and lead by Lee in 1979
also most widely recognized. Lee and ISKA recorded a live session at the
Balcony Restaurant in 1987. For more than 35 years Lee Robinson & ISKA
have been blending his improvisations with various styles of music.
Whether its funk, fusion, original, contemporary or classical jazz, Lee
Robinson performances for generations has taken his listeners on a
To hear and learn more about Lee Robinson, visit his website at
Ryan Lee “Ry”
Binghamton, NY, USA
Ry. is a musician/producer out of upstate NY. His style defies genres incorporating elements of electronica,jazz,rock, and hip hop plus many more into an eclectic thought provoking style all his own. Lyrically you will hear themes of esoteric nature and content not normally discussed or mentioned in modern music. His sound stems from his influences that range from early childhood to modern day so his sound is always morphing and transforming.
Cornflower’s sound emerges from the moment connecting you to your Soul. His voice calls us deeper into Presence utilizing modern mantra-like lyrics upon a landscape of vocal loops, he builds layers and dimensions of harmony and groove like a sonic tapestry into an anthemic chant to set your body ablaze in movement and prayer.
With influences ranging from Phish to Michael Jackson and Al Jarreau to Björk, Cornflower’s music is a mix of experimental vocal soul, world-funk, jam & electronica layered over a delicate balance of structure and improvisation.
Cornflower has shared stages with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bobby McFerrin, Victor Wooten, Jeff Pevar, Ayla Nereo, Mike Love, Indubious, Jai-Jagdeesh, Fanna-Fi-Allah, Janet Stone, and best-selling authors Neale Donald Walsch and Gary Zukav.
His newest releases “Explorations, Vol. 1”, “You Are The Medicine feat. Indubious" & “Monks on Main Street” are his most potent to date.
Southern CA, USA
Nathan Rivera- multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Southern California. Travels and performs his improvised jazzy blue and country picking on the accordion, resonator guitar, piano, voice and more in English and Spanish.
Josh ‘Yehoshua’ Brill is a master musician, instructor of Nada Yoga, and sound healer devoted to using music as a medium to facilitate inner peace, awareness, and consciousness through musical mindfulness practices that he has learned and developed.
Once a Berklee College of Music instructor, Josh is now an internationally recognized expert on the esoteric nature of music, Nada Yoga, mysticism, mindfulness, and meditation. Merging his deep understanding of the inner working of harmony, sacred laws of vibration, sound healing, and immersive studies in various mystical arts and traditions with his extensive experience as a professional musician and artist, Josh is able to seamlessly present music as a practice of meditation and as a tool to heal and explore deeper parts of the inner nature of the human and universal experience.
As an artist Josh has released six albums, scored music for many yoga dvds, produced a variety of artists, toured across the world, and continues to spread his healing music in various forms of mediums and experiences.
In addition to his current work as a presenter and artist, Josh currently is an active participant in Guitar Craft/Guitar Circle courses and practices, directed by Robert Fripp.
Josh has performed, supported yoga, and facilitated workshops across the U.S. and internationally. He has and continues to work with current masters such as Alanis Morissette, Shiva Rea, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Sianna Sherman, Mark Whitwell, Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Sean Corne, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Saul David Raye, Scott Blossom, Janet Stone, Suzanne Sterling and many others.
Tyler Forest “Tye”
LA, CA, USA
Tye is a musician and filmmaker in Los Angeles originally from Abita Springs, Louisiana.
Nivi Canela (Sherill-Marie Henriquez) is an NYC-based singer, actor, and MC. Originally from Union City, NJ, she is best known for her off-Broadway appearances in The Sex Myth, Lucky Petra, of a certain age, Margaret: A New Musical, and Now Comes the Dust. Her one-woman show, Daddy Issues: An Open Letter to Junot Diaz, My Father, and Other Recovering Dominican Man-Whores, debuted at The PIT’s SOLOCOM festival in 2019.
Nivi is the host of Misbehavin’ Musicals, New York City’s Broadway burlesque revue, and an active member of NYC’s nightlife entertainment.
North Carolina, USA
IG @SoulSocietyNC @TWalkerNC
S.O.U.L. Society is a non-profit organization for community empowerment and youth mentoring. Our mission is to empower minority communities through artistic expression, cultural awareness, and economic empowerment; with a concentration to motivate, uplift, empower, and inspire the local youth to fulfill their optimal potential by providing Support, Opportunities, Unity, and Leadership (S.O.U.L.).
We organize events, seminars, and workshops centered around artistic development, artistic therapy, public speaking, financial literacy, career development, and entrepreneurship empowerment.
T. Walker is an artist, educator, gallery curator and co-founder of S.O.U.L. Society, non profit organization focused on community empowerment and youth mentorship through the arts. T. Walker has toured the country opening for artist such as Cyhi The Prince, Nick Grant, Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), Sunni Patterson, KRS-One, Pastor Troy and more. Utilizing his art to push forward conversation and discuss important topics through hip hop he had the opportunity to have a viewing of his “Gentrification” Music video at UNCG, NCA&T and the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC to discuss the topics of gentrification and redlining. In 2019 during his 2020 Vision tour, he headlined the National Black theatre festival’s Words & Verses, formally known as midnight poetry jam in Winston-Salem, NC, alongside his WORD Society poetry team. Upon completion of his tour in February 2020, he had the phenomenal opportunity to speak alongside Mr Kent Ford, founding member of Portland’s Black Panther Chapter of the 60’s era, to celebrate Black History Month with a special event exploring the local history of the Black Panther Party. T. Walker is currently studying the arts as a revolutionary movement and focusing even heavier on education of history, entrepreneurship and storytelling through hip hop and poetry.
More Musical Collaborators
Patrick Keddie, Wandering Musician @one_trick_patrick
Sumi Daswani, Mumbai, India, IG @born_from_the_earth
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Gabi Montoya is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, Pilates instructor, and artist based in Philadelphia. She just finished two years of service as an ArtistYear fellow teaching dance and choreography, running dance club, sponsoring school performances, and facilitating multimedia projects including a dance video contest submission and an inclusive pride flag mural. Gabi graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Dance with Minors in Psychology and Somatics in June 2018, where she also became certified as a Pilates Instructor in 2016. Gabi is passionate about supporting individual and community growth through access to arts education in order to create space for more exploration, expression, and connection. Her own artistic work has involved inquiry in self awareness, safety or the lack thereof, and loss of control through dance and various visual art mediums. Gabi can be found on instagram @_gabimontoya_
Giusy Colamartino was born in Bari on 10/15/1979 and began her dance studies at the age of 9 studying classical, modern and contemporary dance. At 19 she won a scholarship at the Opus Ballett in Florence, a center for advanced professional training for contemporary dance. in parallel she started teaching and winning choreographic prizes. Currently she is the artistic director of the center of the Performing Arts Dynamic Lab, the artistic director of the Dynamic Dance Company and the artistic director of the Danceagency group, an agency of events and shows that operates in the territory with success.
"the continuous experimentation of dance with any other artistic form is the necessary push towards innovation and the creation of new languages capable of breaking rigid patterns with the aim of spreading more and more art and beauty."
Sean Athey, Seattle, USA
Artemio Morales, NYC, NY, USA, IG @thisisAltSalt
Artemio Morales is a software developer and interdisciplinary artist. With a focus on creating digital books for iOS, Android, and other platforms, he loves collaborating with others to produce new kinds of multimedia work.
Rasul Welch - The Ronin Chef - Cleveland, OH
As a food photographer Rasul learned to cook from some of the best chefs and stylists in the country. Rasul discovered he is happier in the kitchen than the set and transitioned into farm-to-table cookery. His business evolved into a catering business and eventually a career in restaurants, bringing delicious local and international flavors to guests in Northeast Ohio and beyond.
Soap Gallery - Youngstown, OH
Soap was founded in October of 2015
Stephen Poullas - SOAP Gallery Co-Owner
Occasional photographer, began displaying art shows in downtown Youngstown starting in 2010. Co-founder of the gallery in 2015 educated with and MBA. Goal is to make culture succeed in Youngstown and beyond
Daniel Rauschenbach - SOAP Gallery Co-Owner
Artist specializing in ceramics and painting. Artwork available at Rauschenbachart.com. Has curated Art shows for 10 years. MFA from YSU.
Other Team members include
Jaime Weinfeld - Ronin Chef - Harrisburg, PA
Stephanie Holmes - Ronin Chef - Cleveland, OH
Adam Lee - Youngstown, OH
Devon Lee - Youngstown, OH