me-1MeMA-Music Founding President and Chicago native Jeanne Warsaw-Gazga, has spent 25 years working in the music industry, promoting prominent recording artists such as, Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz, Tina Turner, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Isaac Hayes, Boz Scaggs, Tina Turner, and many more. During that time, she actively worked with multi-million dollar recording artists to bring their music to the community and into schools to speak with young people about social issues and how music can be a voice for change.  Jeanne‘s career experience provides her with unique insight into the world of popular music, and her professional network provides a connection to active musicians, artists and multi-media professionals in the community.  Among her numerous credits, Jeanne served as Promotion & Marketing Director for an extensive array of major record labels, including Sony Music, RCA/BMG, Elektra/Warner Bros. Records, and Virgin Records/EMI.  

Kathryn B. Cox earned her doctorate in historical musicology from the University of Michigan, and her dissertation is entitled “‘What Happened to the Post-War Dream?’: Nostalgia, Trauma, and Affect in British Rock of the 1960s and 1970s.”  She has given presentations of her research at several international conferences, including the SongArt Performance Research Group at the University of London; the International Association for the Study of Popular Music U.S. Branch; the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux Branch; and the International Beatles Conference. She is also a contributing author in New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles: Things We Said Today (2016) and co-editor of the essay collection The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper, and the Summer of Love (2017).

The Present Elders is an electronic music duo with a hip hop foundation that specializes in unforgettable live performances where all of the music is composed and manipulated through synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, drum machines and FX. Featuring Brother El and Radius, two veterans of Chicago’s electronic and hip hop scenes, the duo has been playing pop-up street shows throughout Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and now in Portland, Oregon.  The duo’s goal is to heal and inspire by tapping into the frequencies of their audiences.

Ugochi Nwaogwugwu was born in the United States to two Igbo (Eastern Nigerian) parents. Ugochi is an international creative and independent teaching artist.  Ugochi has written and performs her one woman show about her families immigrant experience called, Season’s Of Separation (S.O.S.). She has also penned poems and essays that have been honored in international anthologies “A Storm Between Two Fingers,”  “Golden Shovel Anthology” and “Not Our President.”  She has written, performed and executive produced three albums titled, “African Buttafly,” A.S.E., and “Love Shot.” Ugochi Nwaogwugwu is a multidisciplinary artist living in Chicago, llinois.

Rogelio Gazga, (Ro for short) a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, has an extensive broadcast background.  His wide mix of expertise stems from hands-on experience working as a news photographer and editor with Telemundo and NBC  News Departments and Creative Services Departments, as well as Network Television work on Univision shows including Control, Despierta America, Don Francisco, and Christina.  Rogelio, is co-owner of SPI Creative / SPI-tv Media group,  a full-service video production agency he launched in 1994.

Chicago Hip-Hop artist “Thrills” ( born Charles Dion Bryant) was raised in Evanston and schooled at San Diego City College in California.  He began his musical journey at an early age, and like most kids, he played various sports to keep himself off the streets.  His parents were a great influence by encouraging him to stay in school and work hard toward his goals.  After serving four years in the Navy, including being a Gulf War veteran, he decided to remain in California and  develop his musical career.  In 2004, he was part of a documentary called, “Rhyme Spitters” about underground rap battles.  Today, Thrills is working with producer Phil “Absurdbeats” Alexander, and putting out music on his own label, Mayday Hillman Inc.

Gloria A. Bernard has a wealth of experience as a creative arts therapist. Prior to receiving her MA in Art Therapy from New York University in 2010, she worked overseas in East Africa for over a year with two healing arts organizations: Project Focus and In Movement: Art for social change.  Gloria received a certification in teaching Kundalini yoga, which focuses on breath work and meditation. Gloria utilizes this training in her current therapeutic work at Chicago Read Mental Health Center.  

Staff November 20, 2011


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