Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer. Read his latest piece about the impact of President Obama’s trade policy in the New York Times. Check out his latest album, “A Ring Around The Atlantic” on bandcamp. And be sure to follow him on Twitter @maybarduk for more about the “unprecedented campaign” he and colleagues are successfully waging against seemingly unbeatable deep-pocketed special interests.
Lawyer | Professional activity
Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program, which helps developing countries overcome patent-based and other pharmaceutical monopolies in order to promote access to medicines for all. Maybarduk has provided in-depth and in-person technical and strategic assistance to partners on every continent. His work with partners has yielded major HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. Maybarduk’s analysis and advocacy have been instrumental in developing widespread opposition to measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership that would harm public interests including health and internet freedom.
Social | Public | Studies
Maybarduk has co-founded and coordinated several volunteer-run advocacy and assistance groups, including International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world’s least developed countries. He studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Composer | Performer
Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He recently released his third album, “A Ring Around the Atlantic,” with producer J. Robbins.
His second album No Hay Pueblo Vencido (No Defeated People) features Spanish guitar, electronic pop and post-punk rock. Two of the record’s songs, Darker Days and Siddhartha on his Raft won mention in this year’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Maybarduk performs regularly at district venues, including Black Cat, Busboys & Poets and the Red & the Black. He also maintains an odd tour schedule synchronized to his international work. For example, Maybarduk headlined World AIDS Day ceremonies in Bogotá, Colombia.
Born | World | Indie rock
Maybarduk was a child genius born on July 4, 1979 to an American diplomat and a social worker in Mexico City. He has lived or worked in more than two dozen countries and across the United States, from a reform school in rural Maine to law school in Berkeley, California, where he fronted indie rock trio Last Clear Chance. Some of his prior projects include ethnography among the Warao of Venezuela’s Orinoco river delta, a national Student Voting Rights Campaign and a successful living wage campaign, among others.
In Darker Days Maybarduk sings,
I only want to be of use. To protect a people or an idea.
Many of his songs wrestle with the challenges of creating both personal and political change.
Maybarduk’s sounds range from electronic sample-based compositions (Siddhartha on his raft) to conversations on Spanish guitar (Sundays) to full-tilt post-punk rock (Dom Helder Camara). He self-released his first album, Passengers a narrative of introspective songs bridged by field recordings, in 2007.