Internationally acclaimed jazz composer, practitioner of canoe culture, multicultural educator Mixashawn is a descendant of the Maheekanew people of the Connecticut River Valley and and of Joseph A. Emidy, an eighteenth-century griot from Guinea in West Africa, who despite the tribulations of slavery, racism, and war succeeded in carving out an astonishing career as a classical musician and composer in England.
Mixashawn is leader of the Mixashawn Quartet and Wordout as well as co-leader, with his brother, bass virtuoso Rick Rozie, of Afro Algonquin. He has performed in concert, at powwows, in clubs, on radio and television, and has recorded extensively both as leader and as a sideman with many of music's avant-garde.
He is a composer, performer, educator and maritime artist; or simply put a "Wave Artist".
Musically he has recorded and performed throughout the US and Europe with artists such as Rashid Ali, Don Pullen, Bobby McFerrin, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Roy Campbell and Dave Douglas as well as his own group the original Afro Algonquin.
He has lectured throughout the North East for thousands of students K-Graduate School, including Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity College, The National Musium of the American Indian, American Museum of Natural History among others.
His original canoe designs have been featured in the Cape Cod Times, Soundings Magazine and the Hartford Courant
He is a product of the Hartford school system a Grandfather, Hartford Home owner and taxpayer, presently an IDP student at Trinity College pursueing a degree in History and Musicology, which has resulted in his latest project "Live from Down Town Atlantis..(coming to a city near you)"; i.e. presenting history through music, stories and the audience to promote left and right brain (or past and present) thinking, because the future is all in your head and revealed everyday by forces beyond our control.
For more information visit www.mixashawn.com.