BIOGRAPHY / ABOUT MIKE LADD

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Born in BostonMassachusetts, Mike Ladd is influenced by FunkadelicCharles StepneyBad BrainsBurt BacharachKraftwerkBollywoodJungle Brothers and Divine Styler.

Mike Ladd has released several solo albums, including Easy Listening 4 ArmageddonWelcome To The AfterfutureNegrophiliaFather Divine and Nostalgialator. He also released Gun Hill Road and Bedford Park as The Infesticons and Beauty Party as The Majesticons. He released two collaborative albums, In What Language? and Still Life With Commentator, with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. He has collaborated with artists such as Company FlowRob SonicSaul WilliamsU-GodBusdriverBlue Sky Black DeathDaedelusJackson and his Computer BandColdcutDJ Spooky among others. He has remixed songs for the likes of Yo La TengoAntipop Consortium and Enrico Macias. Mike Ladd has toured extensively for several years throughout America, Europe and Asia, establishing a cult following in the process.

Mike Ladd received his B.A. in Black expatriates in the Nineteenth century from Hampshire College and an M.A. in Poetry from Boston University. As a Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, he produced and directed Blood Black and Blue, an audio documentary/performance about Black police officers in the United States. In 2005, he completed a fellowship at the Asia Society, where he created a musical/theatrical/visual installation In What Language? with Vijay Iyer. It was a project about people of color in relation to globalization in the context of airports. They also put up another installation Still Life with Commentator, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for 5 nights of performances.

Mike Ladd has been published in several literary magazines including Long Shot Review and Bostonia. His work is also featured in the book Swing LowBlack Men Writing and several anthologies, including, Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets CaféIn Defense Of MumiaBum Rush The PagePor La Victoire and Everything But The Burden.

Mike Ladd lives in Paris with his wife, daughter and son.