IRIE RHYTHMS ACADEMY

Irie Rhythms Academy will provide music, arts, and literacy programs at no cost to its students. The Foundation’s team is building out a variety of audio, visual, and music production curricula in addition to providing free music lessons and dance classes. Irie Rhythms will be a one of a kind experience for students, elementary through high school. It will be a safe space with structured activities to improve academic performance and decrease after school violence and mischief.

 
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Irie Rhythms Academy will be located on the fourth floor of the new Carnival Center for Excellence building. This state-of-the-art music production facility will be the star of the building that also houses a brand new computer lab, modern styled young adult dream library, comfortable space for homework and tutoring, and a fitness room donated by the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund.


extracurricular opportunitIES

Unlike any other recording studio, Irie Rhythms is designed to use music as a tool to teach students lessons and keep them curious. Working in the studio will help them to build social networks, analyze data, be creative, peer-review, communicate positively, and continuously strive for self-improvement.

Anticipated Classes:

  • DJing, Recording and Mixing
  • Vocals and Instruments | Piano, Guitar, Percussion, and Afro Caribbean Drums
  • Dance
  • Audio/Visual and Photography
  • Audio Broadcasting
 

                                  David Frangioni

                                  David Frangioni

TECHNOLOGY VISIONARY

David Frangioni is a renowned audiophile consultant, recording engineer, studio installer, and technologist. His love of music started at two-years-old and he began performing gigs with rock bands at the age of 12. At that time, David was solely focused on playing but he followed the trends in drumming to stay cutting-edge. Since the future of drumming was in technology, in essence, he ended up discovering an incredible passion by accident! He was bitten by the technology bug! Word of mouth spread about David’s electronic endeavors and this talented kid of 16 started his own MIDI consulting business. He even got himself an 800 number to consult and design MIDI systems. As his referrals grew, so did his depth of knowledge for other types of technology with the instruments and equipment necessary for making music. A big break in his career occurred when the band Aerosmith brought him into their camp as their in-house engineer/technologist in 1989. He never looked back and subsequently worked on dozens of projects with the band including seven albums, technology for their tours, video and arcade games, amusement park rides, and the theme song for the Spider-Man animated television series with Joe Perry!

For his entire career, David has been focused on honing his skills to stay ahead of technology. Over the past 10 years his focus has expanded to charitable work, hoping to inspire others through art. David has arrived to the point in his career where what’s most important to him is to share what he’s learned. David started the Frangioni Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to engage, teach, inspire, heal, and enrich lives through the power of music, technology, faith, and drumming. One of David’s many passion projects is the Drum Experience Center that has original stage-played drum sets from famous drummers. Youth will be able to learn, play and be inspired on actual celebrity owned equipment. Famous drummers will do clinics and presentations, along with private events. All on behalf of Frangioni Foundation.

Throughout his career, David has written for and been featured in numerous technology magazines, consulted with industry icons such as Head Monster Noel Lee (Monster Products) and worked with hundreds of artists (in addition to Aerosmith) including the Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Journey, Styx, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, and Cher. He has been the recipient of dozens of gold and platinum albums as technical consultant, engineer, and programmer.

Irie Foundation is proud to have David Frangioni’s expertise as Technology Visionary and Chief Technology Engineer/Project Manager for Irie Rhythms Academy music production and technology center. David is a living testament to what a kid can achieve with persistence and the access necessary to making a dream come true. He is excited about the totality of the project. He remarks, “When it’s completely built out, the versatility of this facility will be completely innovative. The ability for children to learn so many different forms of art under the same roof is going to transform individual lives and the greater community in a major way for years to come.”