Maybarduk at fountain 3May 21 — The Wall Street Journal covers our access to medicines work in Peru today. Peru’s bold Ministry of Health is confronting the multinational pharmaceutical industry and the ministry of commerce in order to bring down AIDS drug prices and expand access to treatment and prevention services. Public Citizen has published this short profile of me and our program’s work.

Our longstanding fight for health and public interests against harmful measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is front-page news across the USA this month. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and I have an op-ed in The Hill about TPP provisions that risk lives in developing countries while undermining pledges to reduce cancer drug costs here in the United States.

Our no user-fees Sierra Leonean School of Hope has reopened its doors. Join Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of Adonkia as we put Ebola behind and provide education for all. See also this letter in The New York Times from my father, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone, critiquing the US government’s missed opportunities controlling the virus in West Africa.

And thanks for coming out to hear Notaries Public at The Pinch! Stay tuned for our indie rock quintet’s summer shows (we kick it off with a DC house party May 30). Our songs “Star Field Below” and “Meet Me in the Middle” are available for download on Bandcamp.

A ring around the Atlantic
CD cover of A Ring Around the Atlantic

By turns a world music album, field recording, and power pop showcase, A Ring Around the Atlantic is thoughtfully written and orchestrated and features the standout production value of The Magpie Cage’s J. Robbins. Maybarduk’s voice, breathy and soft, reminds me of Hey Marseilles’ Matt Bishop and Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis. His songwriting is thought-provoking without being pedantic, helped by the album’s relentlessly catchy hooks and strong backing musicians.

No Hay Pueblo Vencido
CD cover of No Hay Pueblo Vencido

We released No Hay Pueblo Vencido (No Defeated People) on March 19, 2009.
Vencido features kinetic electronic compositions, political rock and acoustic nueva canción, with the musical talents of producer J. Robbins, drummer Darren Zentek, vocalists Shawna Potter and Linsay Rousseau Burnett, pan flautist Marco Ovando and trumpeter Ronald Rollins.
In part, Vencido is a tale of the Americas; of people standing up for their dignity despite oppression. It’s also a personal story. Vencido tracks a dual narrative of social justice and personal evolution, and explores the relationship between them. In the words of Edward Abbey, Action is the antidote to despair.

CD cover of Passengers

Passengers, my first LP, is an introspective and primarily acoustic narrative recorded with J. Goody at Mega sonic in West Oakland, CA.
I made Passengers in 2006 under a routine of moderate solitude near the bay and trains. I recorded soundscapes from around northern California, linking songs together to hint at a unified story. Listeners can draw their own meanings from it, but I think the related themes of impermanence, travel and isolation, as both personal narrative and rising social illness, come through. I’m pleased to say it’s earned the affection of many careful listeners.

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Por el Derecho a la Salud en Ecuador

A Spanish-language interview with ANEPI, a news service of Ecuador’s public agencies, about a national policy on patents and access to medicines which we helped develop. 

Notaries Public @ Velvet Lounge 4/11

Our indie rock quintet Notaries Public will play Velvet Lounge, in Washington DC’s U Street corridor, on Saturday, April 11. In the words of Notaries guitarist Ben O’Donnell, you will want to be there when we break the wax seal … Continue reading

Op-ed with Representative Schakowsky

Representative Jan Schakowsky (Democrat of Illinois) and I have an op-ed in The Hill about how U.S. government proposals in closed international trade negotiations are risking lives in developing countries, while undermining pledges to reduce cancer drug costs here in … Continue reading

A Sierra Leonean School of Hope

In Sierra Leone, state collapse and resource shortages mean that many students cannot attend school unless their parents can afford the user fees. In the town of Adonkia, children bare the scars of working stone mines instead. A man named … Continue reading