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 Photo: Portraits to the People

Photo: Portraits to the People

T is an artist and scholar who engages sound as a tool for human transformation and liberation. They have composed, designed, studied, taught, and performed in theater, dance, film, performance art, and music ensembles since they were a child. With each project, T continues to explore the possibilities for art to create new worlds – some fantastical, others very real.

T’s music ranges from original songs, incidental and underscore instrumentals, musical theater, and a full-length opera. They are comfortable in a variety of styles: pop (old and new), folk, classical, hip hop, and various world music forms. T has also written and performed music for dance, film, and live storytelling and radio events. T’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by their own bands as well as ensembles across the U.S. Listen to T's music.

As a sound designer, T feels equally at home creating realistic effects, atmospheric ambience, large multi-layered sonic events, and magical audio worlds. They have worked with theater companies across the country, in everything from major regional houses, storefront black boxes, university arts centers, and experimental and site-specific settings. Highlights include Steppenwolf Theatre Company, San Jose Rep, About Face Theatre, American Theater Company, and California Shakespeare Theater. Listen to T's sound.

T performs regularly as a percussionist, singer, and bandleader. They currently lead The Singing Bois, a genderqueer pop group redefining the boy band as a space for anti-racist and feminist action. T was previously lead buleadorx for Las Bomberas de la Bahía (Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance ensemble), co-leader of The Crane and the Crow (eclectic folk ensemble), and has performed as a guest artist with Afia Walking Tree, Desde Cero, Tambuyé, and the Spirituals Project Choir. In 2013, T co-founded the Spiritual Technologies Project to explore early African American music through research and performance. Explore T's projects.

T is currently Associate Professor of Music at University of California, Berkeley, where they teach courses on popular music and politics. T has published multiple books and articles and frequently offers presentations and workshops on music, identity, and cultural politics in a variety of venues in the U.S. and abroad. Download T's academic CV.