About us

These are the people who are leading Ear to the Earth to a new level of global activity.


Board of Directors

JOEL CHADABE, founder and president, has a strong background in innovative organizations and new ideas in music. In addition to Ear to the Earth, he recently founded Intelligent Arts, an electronic publication company. He has performed worldwide; written extensively; and received grants from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and other organizations. He is currently adjunct faculty at New York University.
TOM BEYER, vice-president, has had a wide-ranging music career with interests in percussion, software and hardware design, and uses of technology. He has particular expertise in distributed performances, with players in different stations throughout the world. Co-founder of International Composers & Interactive Artists, he is currently Chief Systems Engineer for the Music Technology Program, Network Administrator, and adjunct music faculty at NYU Steinhardt.
LEAH BARCLAY, PhD, vice-president, pursues a dynamic career as artist and researcher. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Australian Rivers Institute investigating the possibilities of aquatic bioacoustics, president of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and founder of Biosphere Soundscapes, a large-scale project exploring the soundscapes of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves throughout the world.
WILLIAM BLAKENEY, lawyer based in Toronto, Canada, partner at Blakeney Henneberry Murphy & Galligan, has an extensive background in professional liability work. He has represented film and television productions, publishers, musical instrument manufacturers, record labels, recording studios and concert promotion companies in errors and omissions matters. He is a specialist in marine and environmental law.
AGNIESZKA ROGINSKA, PhD, board member, researches sound to create accurate simulations of acoustic spaces. She has directed research in audio simulation and spatialization with grants from government agencies, research centers, and universities, including an award from the U.S. Army to study acoustic direction finding for soldiers. She is currently a faculty member at NYU Steinhardt in New York City.
BERNIE KRAUSE, PhD, is well-known for documenting and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. He defined the concept of biophony and he was a key figure in implementing natural soundscapes as a resource for the U. S. National Park Service. His recent book, The Great Animal Orchestra, published by Little Brown in 2012, has been translated into 7 languages.
RICARDO DAL FARRA, PhD, board member, has founded or played an important role in many organizations, among them CEIArtE (Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas) in Argentina; Hexagram, a technology consortium in Canada; and Balance/Unbalance, an annual international conference on the climate. He is currently a faculty member at Concordia University, Montreal.



DANIEL NEUMANN, sound artist, Ear to the Earth event producer, assembles events and uses conceptual and collaborative strategies to explore sound and its modulation through space and multimedia, resulting in performances, installations, or internet presentations. He is currently pursuing a freelance career as performer and audio engineer.


Project director

MARYANN PERRONE, director of This is My Neighborhood, is a dance artist/choreographer and teacher, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary arts. She created and directed the dance department at the National School of Music, Dance, and Theater in Villeurbanne, France; building relationships within the culturally diverse community through events, workshops, open houses, and artistic projects. She is currently a professor for the French National Diploma of Dance and is co-creating a new dance collective at Intersections International in New York.





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Joel Chadabe
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About us




Amongst other things, I co-founded and artistically directed a series of cross-cultural projects titled From Here to There, working with a range of students and pre-professionals both in France and England. Many artistic pieces were created together on film, stage and site-specific. Our aim was to find pathways, through the use of the arts, to connect people and to bridge the gap between social and cultural barriers.

In this regard, I perceive the creative process in a holistic manner, interweaving arts, cultures and communities. I aspire to continue working with people from all walks of life, artistic disciplines, and cultures. I hope that together we can address the social and environmental imperatives that surround us, and help build stronger, more compassionate and creative communities.

Maryann Perrone