Noah Baerman, Founder and Artistic Director
Noah Baerman is a pianist, composer, educator, author, activist and, since 2012, Artistic Director of RMI. His devotion to the arts as a force of good in the world dates back to his teen years, as does his interest in the intersections of different art forms. Through RMI he has furthered his work of raising awareness of topics including disability, nonviolence and the American foster care crisis, while teaching and nurturing others seeking to find transcendence of self and society through art.
“It is an amazing gift to have a bright future in spite of adversity. I hope to create things of sufficient beauty that I can give that gift back many times over.”
– Noah Baerman
For more information on Noah Baerman, please visit his artist page on this site
Dave Kopperman, Director of Communications and Social Media
Dave Kopperman is an artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Rockland County, New York. Dave holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as a design professional and Creative Director for over fifteen years. His comics work has appeared in a variety of publications, including KPMGo
, Anything But Monday
and Signal to Noise
(in collaboration with Duplex Planet creator David Greenberger), and he has developed and taught courses on the creation of comics. Dave has recently completed his first solo record, available August 15th on limited edition vinyl and digital download from RMI Records. Visit his artist page
for more information.
Gabe Gordon, Program Associate
Gabe Gordon is a musician, educator, and arts administrator in New York City. During his studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, Gabe cultivated his passions for music and education, playing piano/keyboards in a number of ensembles and working at Green Street Arts Center. He moved home to New York in the summer of 2012 and joined Manhattan School of Music as Distance Learning Program Coordinator. When he is not scheduling and supporting distance learning music education programs, Gabe is performing at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl and Rockwood Music Hall with a number of projects including the successful young soul band The Rooks.
Peter LaMalfa, Program Associate
Peter LaMalfa is a jazz pianist from central Connecticut, now based in Portland, OR, where he is a graduate student in music. A jazz studies alumnus of the music program at Purchase College in Westchester County, NY, Pete has studied with esteemed musicians such as Ray Vega, Pete Malinverni, Todd Coolman, David Hazeltine, Darrell Grant and George Colligan. Peter is passionate about defending the environment, promoting equal rights and arts education. He enjoys traveling, cooking and a good cup of coffee.
Claire Randall, Program Associate
Claire Randall is a New York City-based vocalist and songwriter. She envisions music as a force that provides reinforcing support to individuals, communities, and movements. It is her hope that positive creative energy will aid in the upheaval of hatred and ignorance and their corresponding social implications.
Her artistic pursuits have continued to evolve since her studies at Wesleyan University, where she earned her B.A. in Music, with a focus in Jazz studies and Ethnomusicology. Claire’s professional passions lie in social services and education, specifically in relation to domestic violence prevention and substance abuse treatment programs. She is currently performing and writing with a number of musical groups while working in arts nonprofit management, and enjoys volunteering with local social service agencies through New York Cares.