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Xavier Muzik is a producer and composer fascinated by the mechanisms used to ascribe essence to people, places, and things. He is concerned with how and why these mechanisms present this attributed essence as an inherent and prescriptive quality. Xavier discovered the fluid, normative nature of such things through his experience with near-constant negotiations with race and identity as a Black, multiracial man: i.e., too Black for the white kids and too white for the Black kids. How can race be an essential biological function if the boundaries of which are in a state of constant flux? His compositional practice inspects and dissects his relationship to this assertion. Ultimately, Xavier believes that the power to create essence lies with the individual with the guidance of a supportive community. He seeks to empower people with the freedom to create their essence by challenging restrictive, normative societal structures.
Xavier Muzik holds a Master’s Degree in Music Composition with a Graduate Minor in Creative Community Development from the Mannes School of Music. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to being a composer, Xavier has worked on political campaigns and as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.