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 multimedia 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. This project has propelled me forward as both an artist and an advocate for the animals in ways I did not expect.

An excerpt from Michael’s show was featured in the 2017 Compassion Arts & Culture and Animals Festival. Since receiving his grant, Michael has published The Animal Book, which includes the entire text of the show along with performance photos, video stills, and stories of the show’s tour and Harren’s activism on the road. Michael continues his podcast, where he interviews activist artists, and has released a single, called “New Life.