Ron Ragin // artist
I write, sing, compose, and make interdisciplinary performance work that integrates sound, text, and movement. My creative interests include music of the African Diaspora, embodied ancestral memory, improvisational creative processes, liberation aesthetics, and the development and maintenance of spiritual technologies. I grew up in Perry, Georgia and received my musical training at the Saint James Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. I’ve had the honor of performing with brilliant souls like Amara Tabor-Smith and Grisha Coleman, studying my crafts with luminaries such as Joy Harjo and Brenda Wong Aoki, and being a soloist on Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Dawns. I also make a mean red velvet cake and can throw down on some biscuits.
NPN supports a current work-in–progress, Spiritual Technologies Project, a collaborative piece between Ron, Michaela Leslie-Rule and T. Carlis Roberts. The Spiritual Technologies Project seeks to generate, document, and transmit performative practices that unify and shape individuals and groups of people. The project manifests through recordings, writing, and live laboratories in which artists, culture bearers, and other creative practitioners explore old and new tools for personal and collective work.
Support for Ron Ragin’s Cultural Projects can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “Ron Ragin’s Cultural Projects.”
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