FARBEON is an artist, educator and agent of change that epitomizes the Hip Hop Renaissance. As a poet, emcee, singer and photographer, he has graced stages, panels and classrooms across the United States and abroad. In addition to rocking shows with The Last Poets, Rob Swift, Fishbone, The Coup, J-Live, Method Man, Camp-Lo, Blu, Aloe Blacc & DJ Exile, he has co-taught classes with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Sadat X and Fab Five Freddy.
FARBEON has independently released 5 records, including his debut album, “Collective Memory” which was produced by Foundation (1090 Records) and which remains a classic nearly 13 years after its release. His performance range includes the use of loop stations, effects pedals and live computer production. FARBEON’s music has been featured in television and film. And he has consistently toured nationally and internationally since 2008. As the co-founder of the independent label Say Word Entertainment and manager for Freestyle Mondays—NYCs longest-running live-band Hip Hop jam session—FARBEON works to maintain and support the development of global hip-hop culture, community, and activism.
With over 15 years in arts-education, FARBEON works to develop critical pedagogy that bridges the gap between the arts, academics and social youth development. He has taught Poetry, Performance, Song-Writing, Photography & Hip-Hop History and Culture at high schools, universities and community centers throughout the United States and abroad. FARBEON is the Founding Director for The Hip Hop Re:Education Project and NYC Project Director for the BronxBerlinConnection, a year-round cross cultural exchange program that uses Hip Hop to explore and express the unique experiences of urban youth around the world, the critical challenges they face and the solutions necessary to enact change in their communities.
FARBEON dedicates his time behind the camera lens to documenting Hip Hop’s revolutionary urgency and transformational potential. He has had the honor of documenting Hip Hop pioneers, practitioners and fans at concerts, exhibitions, workshops and cipher-jam sessions the world-over. FARBEON has exhibited work in NYC at La Galleria at La MaMa, B.O.B. Bar and alongside pioneering Hip Hop photographer Joe Conzo at the Bronx Music Heritage Center. FARBEON’s photos and writing have been featured both in print and digital media, including in the House of World Cultures (Berlin, DE) publication Translating Hip Hop.
Farbeon recently completed his Masters Degree in Hip Hop Re:Education through the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University. In the summer of 2015 he will be begin teaching at the Metropolitan College of New York, as well as conduct a two-week long artistic residency with YES Academy Thailand in Bangkok.