About RAS


Musican .. Composer .. Writer .. Poet .. Educator


Rachiim Ausar-Sahu
is a highly respected bassist, composer, lyricist and educator. The Brooklyn born and raised native has toured most of the world over the last thirty-five years. He has lectured worldwide most notably in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Russia and Germany as well as Guadeloupe and Martinique. A consummate professional in both the lecture hall and performance hall, Rachiim credits the tremendous resources of cosmopolitan New York; the libraries, museums, concert halls, clubs, parks and community-based programs of the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's, as vital keys to his early growth and development.

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.

It is important to note that Rachiim has consistently maintained a connection with key local community service programs for youth and adults in NYC. From 2008 to 2009 he served as educational coordinator the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial Educational and Cultural Center (The Shabazz Center), located in Harlem, NY. During this time he designed year-round educational outreach programming for the Harlem community. He is also a highly sought motivational speaker with special emphasis on youth programs and community-based service programs.

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