Abraham Marder is a singer, film composer and screenwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. Marder’s recent works include the progressive score for the film Sound of Metal; drifting in-between hearing and deaf perspective, the music creates a viscerally vibrational experience of sound and stillness. Abraham co-wrote S.O.M with his brother, Writer and Director, Darius Marder. Commissioned to compose music in varying genres, Marder has written music for documentaries, including the HBO award-winning film Loot. His song Green, produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) is the credit song in Sound of Metal, and marks the first of a series of recordings due to be released in 2021.
"Mom, can astronauts be black?” Aku’s mom had prepared for this question, she knew it was inevitable. She climbed to the top of her closet and dusted off the astronaut helmet she had kept up there since the day he was born. This wasn’t any old helmet, this helmet held the powers that would propel Aku across the universe and teach him to dream without limitations. Aku, meet the world. World, meet Aku.
Inspired by the nephew of former MLB player turned artist Micah Johnson, Aku was first introduced to the world through an NFT drop dubbed Aku: The Moon God, depicting a young black astronaut. The drop on Nifty Gateway generated over $1mm in sales and set a precedent for art within the space that is both empowering and representative of racial equality.
Micah's journey and historical documentation through the lives of his nephews make up the rest of the new series. The work is soft-spoken, conveying messages of empowerment and the dismantling of racism in a beguiling whisper by exploring the contemplation of dreams without restriction from a child’s perspective.
Andrew Gertler (AG) Artists and the Permanent family of companies are a full service artist management and creative company responsible for building the careers of multiple major label and independent artists and creatives, including Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes & pioneering digital artist FEWOCiOUS. The company houses music management, record label and publishing company Permanent Sound, tech investment arm AG Ventures, as well as film production company AG Films & Permanent Content, a joint venture film production company with Shawn Mendes, and visual artist management arm Permanent Arts.