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Pierce Freelon – Professor/MC



Pierce Freelon is a musician, professor and artivist with a passion for creativity and community. He is front man of the genre-bending The Beast, hailed as a “natural, engaging blend of jazz and hip hop,” by Jazz Times Magazine. He has taught music, political science and African American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, and has performed, lectured and collaborated internationally.

Freelon, along with producer/DJ Apple Juice Kid has been co-teaching Beat Making Lab since 2012.

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