Michael Harren

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Michael Harren is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He writes:

I received a grant that allowed me to spend a year as artist in residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary from September 2015 to August 2016. During this time, I made monthly visits to the farm to work with the animals and write about the experience. The resulting piece, “The Animal Show,” was a multi-media performance piece that featured electro-acoustic music, spoken word, poetry, and songs about my experience at the sanctuary along with stories about the non-human animal relationships that shaped me throughout my life. During its three-night run at Dixon Place in New York City, approximately 250 people saw the show, and it got quite a bit of press, including Huffington Post and Sandra Bernhard’s Sirius XM radio show, Sandyland. I documented the residency on my blog and YouTube channel. The show begin a West Coast Tour in the summer of 2017, during which I will be also presenting a talk on arts and activism in a number of cities. This project has propelled me forward as both an artist and an advocate for the animals in ways I did not expect.

Michael’s show is featured in the October 2017 CAF Festival in New York City.

2020 Updates:
Michael is reaching 15 years on his podcast where he interviews activist arts. It can be found at mikeypod.com and all other podcast directories. He has also recently released a new single called New Life. Over the past year, Michael has been doing a regular show at Judson Memorial Church where he performs, invites guest artists, and provides free food for attendees. The show has recently moved online, and invited fellow CAF grantee Donald Vincent on as well.