His professional profile reflects an articulate, disciplined, creative thinker and educator, skilled in executive management, public speaking and the performance arts. Early training in physics and engineering culminates in an assistant principalship of an urban alternative high school (Bed-Stuy Street Academy) at twenty years of age. At twenty-two establishes career change to performance artist, composer and choir master.
A proud product of the New York City public school system, its specialized high schools, Brooklyn Technical High School, Long Island University and Columbia University, Rachiim is clearly indebted to the strong familial and community ties to his beloved Bedford-Stuyvesant, for the powerful nurturing crucible from which he drew his sense of self-reliance, self-pride and social responsibility.
Rachiim is the author of over four hundred compositions, the recipient of several "Meet The Composer" Awards and former Artist-in-Residence for New York State and North Carolina. Rachiim has held world premieres at the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Conservatorio de Musica in Aveiro, Portugal, the Teatro Cameleon in Amsterdam, Holland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, Holland.
Rachiim is formerly Professor of Jazz Studies and Jazz Performance at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; Queens Conservatory of Music, New York Jazz Mobile (NYC), The Center Stage Institute, and currently teaches master classes in Jazz performance, Jazz history and vocal performance throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Rachiim is currently a member of the Board of Directors; Network- Drum and Bugle Corps (NYC); Andy Kirk Research Foundation; IX TENTHS Film Production Company (NYC), and has served as Educational Coordinator for Shabazz Center Harlem, NYC.
Rachiim has been Oral Historian for the Andy Kirk Research
Foundation, among others and is seen in the following
documentaries, Yusef and Friends (A Jazz Odyssey: 1978-1980,
WUNC-TV) running currently. He was also musical director for Ebony
Exposures (WUNC-TV, 1976-1980). There is a series of biographical
interviews hosted by Dr. Delridge Hunter, from 2000 - 2007 and broadcast
on City University of New York Television Network, WMEC-TV (Medger Evers
College) Brooklyn, NY. Rachiim Ausar-Sahu has also been interviewed by
THE BBC RADIO NETWORK; Radio Netherlands; GRAZ (Austria) Network Media;
National Public Radio (NPR); WKCR FM New York (Columbia University), and
scores of local, regional, and international media outlets.