Atea is a musician from the San Francisco Bay Area who graduated high school from The Branson School (“Branson”) in Marin. At 8 years old, Atea began performing with the international children’s choir, VOENA. There she sang with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Clegg, Rita Coolidge and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At Branson, Atea was the singer in her school’s jazz and rock bands. During her sophomore year of high school, she spent several months writing and recording her own music in Los Angeles: a mixture of jazz, hip-hop, and funk. One of these songs will be featured in a major motion picture to be released in 2017. Atea is currently exploring all that New York City’s art scene has to offer as well as singing in jazz cafés around the city.
Why PS @ NYU?
I chose Performance Studies because it constantly pushes me to dig beneath what’s on the surface of various forms of performance. I’ve always believed that music should have a message and Performance Studies gives me the opportunity to analyze not only the social and political significance of music, but all art forms.