Department of Music alumnus Andy Jarema's composition included in 2021 Earth Day festival

AndyAndrew Jarema, M.M. '20, continues to makes waves in the industry as his master's thesis, Currents, was included in the 2021 Earth Day Art Model Festival. The event was held on April 22 and featured a video performance of Jarema's piece by six musicians.

Currents is a musical project that depicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's database of the last 40 years of billion-dollar weather disasters in the United States. The data is translated into music through sonification.

"Currents is a way of giving this data a more visceral narrative, keeping the conversation afloat about the urgency of climate change and the ominous shift in weather patterns on our planet," said Jarema.

At Wayne State University, Jarema pursued a master of music with a concentration in composition and theory. While a student, he was selected by the National Parks Arts Foundation in 2018, 2019 and 2020 as an artist-in-residence at the Great Smoky Mountains, Hawai'i Volcanoes and Yellowstone National Park. At the parks, Jarema provided hands-on, sound-based workshops with visitors and also recorded natural sounds in the parks to later manipulate with computer software.

To read more about Jarema's recent project, visit

Da'Stanza Murphy,
CFPCA Information Officer II

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