Founder & Director
Growing up in Morocco, surrounded by sounds of the country’s Arabic, Amazigh, and Sub-Saharan African origins, Hatim was an award-winning classical pianist and heavy metal guitarist. At Harvard, he traded in his headbanging to study sociology, jazz, composition, and ethnomusicology, but found a passion in electronic music – a medium that enabled him to combine his eclectic influences. For the next decade, while developing a prestigious career at Apple, Hatim composed, produced, and performed in various solo and collaborative music projects.
In 2012, Hatim felt a strong calling to pursue his vision of bringing people together through music, and resigned from his senior management position at Apple to devote himself to creating remix ←→ culture. His journey with the organization has since taken him and his growing number of collaborators around the world, whether filming and recording traditional musicians, leading workshops, or performing live video remixes at festivals (notably Roskilde and WOMEX). Hatim is currently based in Brooklyn, NY, where a vast trove of thriving and interwoven cultures keeps him inspired to continue bridging divides and connecting disparate communities through the power of music and film.
Tyler Wood was born and raised in rural northern Maine. By age 5 he'd fallen in love with playing and recording music, and was making original albums with his brother on a boombox tape recorder. Before too long Tyler was performing professionally as a pianist, and also began a parallel career as an audio engineer and producer. A decade ensued of touring and making records with artists including Chester French, Joan As Policewoman, Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic), Glass Ghost, and Oh My Goodness. Tyler's work has encompassed a wide range of music from avant-garde to pop to traditional. His openness has led him in many directions, some very technologically oriented, but he has always maintained a passion for capturing a pure human performance-- a moment's music in a moment's time. When Hatim Belyamani sought Tyler's advice on early remix ←→ culture work, Tyler fell in love with the music and was refreshed by the intimacy and vitality of the recordings. Tyler happily joined the trip to Morocco in spring 2014, and has been remix ←→ culture's chief audio engineer and audio director ever since.
Michael Silverstein had decided from an early age that music was his purpose on earth. He began studying Classical music at the age of seven but found the rigidity contradictory to his strong impulses to improvise and experiment, and subsequently moved on to studying Jazz. As time went on and his tastes expanded to encompass many different genres of music, he realized that he needed a drastic move in order to fully absorb what so many different cultures and musical traditions have to offer. He decided to study in Berlin, known for its vibrant electronic music scene and its rebellious experimental nature, and completed his Bachelors in Music Production and Sound Engineering at dBs Music Berlin. Upon returning to the States, Michael stumbled upon Remix ←→ Culture by chance and knew instantly it was something really special, a way of bringing people together that he was always searching for. Not only has Remix ←→ Culture been an absolute dream for him to be a part of and to contribute to, it’s also helped him grow in unimaginable ways.
Board of Directors
Sera is a social justice activist committed to working towards balancing the scales of access, equity, and availability in sexual reproductive healthcare. She has training in midwifery, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies, and a Masters Degree in Public Health. Her community organizing background ranges from reproductive rights to violence against women to welfare and poverty issues to pro-immigration campaigns. She has worked on sexual reproductive health actions in over twenty countries spanning North America, Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, having raised over 20 million dollars for programs reaching over three million women. She is the founder of a leading feminist global aid organization, Circle of Health International, a global social justice advocacy platform, ActivateUs, and an online feminist sex shop she is still cooking up.
Pedro is a Brazilian filmmaker and educator whose interests gravitate around the intersection of art, anthropology, and culturally-sustainable international development. His work includes over 100 audiovisual productions for clients such as the Brazilian Ministry of Rural Development and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, and ranges from promotional pieces to award-winning feature-length films. Pedro has taught visual anthropology courses for graduate and undergraduate students, and has personally trained over 20 anthropologists in the use of image-based research tools and methods.
Pedro has also taught various filmmaking courses and workshops for youth across Brazil, Honduras, and Morocco, as well as in Pakistan and the Maldives in collaboration with the World Bank. Strongly informed by academia, Pedro also currently serves as Associate Consultant and Guest Lecturer at IRIS (University of Brasília’s award-winning laboratory for visual anthropology), of which he is a founding member.
Molly Garfinkel is the Managing Director of City Lore, as well as the Director of City Lore's Place Matters program. Both roles enable her to lead initiatives related to cultural resource management, public history, museum education, exhibition curation, and traditional arts presentation. Garfinkel’s research explores Western and non-Western building traditions, theories of cultural landscapes, and histories of urbanism and city planning. She holds a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University and an MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Jascha Hoffman is a singer, songwriter, and journalist in Brooklyn. Songs from his early albums, which have been compared to Regina Spektor and Leonard Cohen, have appeared on The Atlantic and Boing Boing. His latest album, The Afterneath, based on obituaries, was featured on NPR. An prolific improviser, Jascha shares song daily on SoundCloud and is the co-founder of the Society for Spontaneous Singing. He is addicted to Brazilian music.
Stephen is a business owner with a passion for music and the creative process who has lived in New York City for nearly 23 years. Having had the opportunity to travel to many countries, he is fascinated by the power of music to connect people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and continually searches for ways to incorporate music into daily life.
Raised in New York, Moroccan born filmmaker Assia Lakhlif is a writer and director with a background in fine arts. Her award-winning films have been presented at ArteEast NY, Dubai Film Festival, Malmo Arab Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Bushwick International Film Festival, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Film Series. Her gallery-based video work has been featured at Art Dubai, The London Festival, Mahatat Collective Egypt, India Art Fair and the Maraya Art Center in Sharjah. Lakhlif received her BFA in Fine Arts from The Cooper Union, and her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts. She is currently a film professor teaching film theory and production courses in New York City.
Driven by the entrepreneurial spirit and business challenges, he was a partner in a digital branding and creative agency that had the opportunity to work on projects for a wide range of companies and non-profit groups including Rockport, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson and Johnson, Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Muhammad Ali Center.
Stephen currently consults for UNICEF in Geneva Switzerland to solve complex business needs related to fundraising processes and content development.
Rosylyn received her BA in documentary filmmaking from Harvard University. A Gardner Fellowship recipient, her films have screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., and on PBS. Her work has appeared on KPCC’s Take Two, Mental Floss, and in feminist film theory journals.
After serving as In-house Documentarian for The Music Center, where she produced a catalogue of videos on the center's education programs, she continued her documentary work with organizations such as United Way, California Arts Council, Alvin Ailey, Otis, and MOCA. Rosylyn grew up in Centerville, OH and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their son.
We are also immeasurably grateful to the many friends (old and new) who have lent a hand or an ear along the years, including:
Khalid Agli Yasser Belaiachi Sully Chamand Mhammed Elyadini Bajram (Kafu) Kinolli Eno Zangoun
Abla Benyahia Michelle Chen Nina Jordan Souki Mehdaoui Will Truesdell Sya Warfield
Khalid Agli Khalid Belyamani Meryem Bensouda Fatima Matousse Yang Shuo
Youssef Aziz El-Idrissi Daniel Giffin
Arian Behzadi Shawn Feeney Danielle Regan
Antonin Bouvier Andres Karu
Khalid Agli Hamza Atifi Youness Aziz El Idrissi Yahya Badaoui Yassine Bellamine Mourad Belouadi Abla Benyahia Antonin Bouvier Sephira Fierce Jordan Fletcher Mohamed Gara Hassan Houari Aicha Jabour Nina Jordan Andres Karu Barjam (Kafu) Kinolli Souki Mehdaoui Sophia Menni Richard Milligan Yasmine Yata Sya Warfield
Amina Bensouda Casey Karr Layal Rhanem
Ed Bentley Bajram (Kafu) Kinolli Aziz Nashat Derek Nievergelt Tyler Wood
Josh Bonati Joe Lambert Tyler Wood
Jordan Fletcher Mounir Kabbaj Barbara Toy
Darby Beck Natalie Cohen Shawn Feeney Daniel Giffin Altay Guvench Scott Hawley Maryann Hulsman Michelle Lobo Mark and Alexis Mian Maria Ruhe Maha Elmadi