The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Asst Fdn advocates for acoustic wellness and protection from noise-induced hearing disorders.
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Since she first began working at NOMAF in 2010, NOMC&AF Save New Orleans Sounds Program Director, Stacey Morigeau, has been dedicated to sustaining New Orleans’ cultural traditions and music. She brings more than 20 years experience in production to our Practice Safe Sounds Initiative and to producing NOMAF’s benefits: Shakedown Jam and Down on the Bayou with JoJo Hermann from Widespread Panic.
After growing up as a Native American in Montana and California, Stacey graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, studying stage management. Her passion for our music led her to move here in 2004. By 2008 she had landed a job as an assistant stage manager on the10th Anniversary production of Vagina Monologues at the New Orleans Arena. Working with local bands Bonerama, Papa Grows Funk, Leroy Jones, New Orleans Helsinki Connection has led to her working behind the scenes at Voo Doo Fest, the appearances of the Dalai Lama, Jammin’ in the Canyon with Jane’s Addiction, as well as stage managing Nine Lives.
While his legions of fans may know Paul Sanchez as a founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth, for his role in the HBO series TREME, or as the creative force behind the musical, NINE LIVES, few may know that he suffers from two noise-induced hearing disorders… a hole in his eardrum and constant ringing in his ears. In 2014 Paul joined the NOMAF team as the Co-Coordinator of our Practice Safe Sounds Initiative in order to give back to our music community that nurtured him after the floods of 2005. As Paul says, “living with tinnitus for twenty-five years means that the constant ringing in my ears drowns out all conversation.” Hence Paul is determined to raise awareness in musicians of all ages about the affects of loud music on their hearing and their future.
Native New Orleanian and Redemptorist grad, Paul Sanchez, was born in the blue-collar Irish Channel across the street from the Mississippi River. It was thanks to Trinity Episcopal School’s program to help the under privileged kids from his neighborhood that his career was launched playing The Artful Dodger in a summer day camp performance of OLIVER. By the time he was twelve, his brother, Andrew, was teaching Paul to play guitar. His first experience with organized music was watching his older siblings march with drum and bugle corps. Soon Paul was playing xylophone with such gusto that his ears began to ring.
Paul Sanchez began writing songs and playing his first professional shows in the French Quarter before he turned sixteen. By the 1980’s, Paul was an established part of the New Orleans rock scene, playing in The Backbeats along with Vance DeGeneres, another native New Orleanian.
Today Paul Sanchez defies categories and is noted as an actor, songwriter, singer, producer, writer and musician, with 11 solo cds under his belt. In January of 2010 Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul three Best Of The Beat Awards: Songwriter of The Year, Best Song Of The Year, Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year Gambit Weekly awarded him Best Roots Rock Performer at The Big Easy Awards.
Acoustic Advisor of the NOMC&AF Save New Orleans Sounds Program, Christophe E. Jackson Ph.D. has earned bachelors and masters in Biology and Piano Performance and completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Performance Arts Medicine through the Biology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he worked across the disciplines of biology, physiology, physics, engineering, and music. Jackson was awarded funding from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) and Ford Foundation to conduct seminal research to compare the voice fatigue of trained and untrained singers. His research focused on the translation of scientific investigation into clinical application for specialized care to performing artists as well as the design of portable acoustic devices to dampen ambient noise.
In addition Jackson is a “musician at heart” who maintains an active classical and jazz performance life. Growing up in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama, Christophe Jackson made his first public piano concert at the age of eight at the First United Methodist Church’s Nellie Burge Community Center, and never stopped playing thanks to the support of his grandmother and the congregation.
Outside of performances and research, Jackson actively seeks opportunities to increase awareness and educate musicians about performance health. He has established state-of-the-art voice laboratories, developed acoustic environments to dampen noise, established voice screening for incoming voice students, and facilitated visits for music students, during which he taught other musicians about preventative health and wellness for performing artists.
Currently, Jackson is working with researchers from Wichita State University and Tulane University to establish a center for music, science, and technology. Its purpose would be to conduct interdisciplinary studies on music cognition and neuroscience, performance arts medicine, technology, and the performing arts. The center would be a hub for other universities to establish collaborations, which would promote, scholarship, innovation, and culture found only in New Orleans.
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