Speak for Change: Summer Red - The Role of Music in Modern Culture
Speak for Change presents a live music performance from local music producer, curator, and musician Summer Red followed by a discussion with Thomas Sage Pedersen on the role of music in modern culture.
Summer is the owner and lead producer of Sonivore Studio. A lifelong musician with proficiency and experience in multiple areas of the music world, Summer dedicates his focus to the pursuit of not only making great art but creating structures of holistic support for musicians both locally and beyond. Summer is the pioneer of the landmark program Solo Tracks which creates a pathway for musicians to develop their music alongside industry professionals while accessing networking opportunities for product placement and performance on post-production.
As a curator, Summer uses the medium of live events as a space to allow people to gather, connect, and analyze deeper cultural and personal truths. Summer is also an Event Coordinator on Staff at UCSC where he applies his skillsets for culture building with events to create a diverse and educational experience for students. He has worked alongside The Tannery, Arts Council, Central Coast Creative Corp., SC Arts Commission, Universal Audio, The MAH, and numerous other art-based entities to facilitate conversations around the importance of art in society and provide showcasing opportunities to artists across mediums.
Summer’s overarching take on modern art centers on acknowledging its role in our lives as a tool for conveying truth, connecting us to ourselves and others more deeply, and helping evolve our consciousness and ways of being to coexist in a changing world.
Speak for Change
Speak for Change was founded with the mission of creating positive and lasting social change in our local and global communities. From a studio at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, Thomas Sage Pedersen has hosted over 100 podcast episodes – and now, Speak for Change and Indexical bring you a series of live events! Each event features an interview and a musical guest, with new and custom sets tailored to the topic of conversation.
Thomas Sage Pedersen
Thomas Sage Pedersen’s mission and purpose has shifted throughout the years, but has always revolved around: to explore and implement innovative ways to inspire and create communities that are rooted in health, self-awareness, communication, creativity, accountability, courage and nonviolence. He continues to explore these principles in his personal life as well as in organizations he has created, helped create or are a part of.
Thomas is currently an executive, coach, consultant and co-founder of Ignite Nexus a consulting and coaching firm whose mission is to aid in creating a world where people can liv as authentically as themselves. Thomas was formally the CEO and now Executive Consultant & Founder of the award winning music school Everyone’s Music School.
He is popularly known as the founder and main host of the podcast Speak For Change Podcast. He has been part of numerous projects such as co-Founding the Black Kings of Santa Cruz County which is a black men’s group here in Santa Cruz County rooted in brotherhood and connection.
He is a former member of the Santa Cruz Equity Collaborative who are popularly known for holding responsibility for the BLM mural here in Santa Cruz. When not working in the community Thomas likes to write, paint and create music. He lives in the Redwoods of Santa Cruz County with his amazing artist wife Lauren Ringelman.