Chikadibia Ebirim

Artist

(B. 1993, Omaha, NE)

duruemeghara@gmail.com | Portfolio: www.chikadibiaebirim.com


    Chikadibia is an emerging Omaha artist, able to develop ideas and produce a wide range of art from hand as well as computer programs fluently in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Ableton Live 9. His work stretches from multimedia art, musical production, modeling, and cultural production. Being a freelance artist, he has learned to promote and market himself through several channels such as creative events, art showcases and organized collaborations. One of Chikadibia’s many goals is to spread peace and light through his community as well as the knowledge of self. He illustrates that through his projects touching on numerous subjects, enlightening those around him along the way.

 

“Art is my life and my life’s duty is to spread light and illuminate. I hope to spread light to all of my peers.”  

- Chikadibia Ebirim


 

Experience

 

 

MUSICAL PRODUCER:
ABLETON . REASON . LOGIC . PROTOOLS . FRUITYLOOPS
“As a music producer we have a wide range of responsibilities, but primarily a music producer oversees the creation of a specific music project”  -anonymous
Vocal Production: Prepare and coach artist/musician for their recording. Assists with vocalist to find/sharpen melodies. Support recording artist with song.
Audio Engineer: “Mix and mastering"; track equalization; organizing and filtering studio recorded vocals, sound, and music.
Sound Design: Experimental rhythmist,physics of music, frequency manipulation and management, originating sounds, DAW theory, tonal therapy, binaural beats.
Performing & Recording Artist / Songwriter: Live performance art via music venue, event space, art gallery, etc. Displaying live performance for live instrument studio recording . Capturing multiple takes and repeating sounds with professional audio equipment. Lyrical content management, word choice,  word arrangement, melody and rhythm understanding. 
Independent (Omaha, NE) 2013- present | Chikadibia Music


 

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST/DESIGNER:
PHOTOGRAPHY . CINEMATOGRAPHY . GRAPHIC DESIGN
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, and more.
Collaborates with the art director to plan, organize and execute projects; develops video, photos, graphics, etc. accordingly for presentations, billboards, internet site, or print. Manages production setup including lighting, camera angles and placement, microphone selection and audio specifications. 


-Freelance artist (Omaha, NE) 2013- present | www.chikadibiaebirim.com
-Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) 2015-2017 | www.bemiscenter.org
-Year of the Startup (Omaha, NE) 2015-2016 | www.yearofthestartup.com
-Identity by Design (Omaha, NE) 2014-2015 | www.identitybydesignmag.com
-Do Space (Omaha, NE) 2015-2017 | www.dospace.org
-Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) present time | www.U-ca.org

Awarded
-2018 Fellowship with the Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) 
-1st Place: Metropolitan Community College- Media/Film Conference 2017 (best music video ‘O.B.E [Out of Body Experience]’ Directed and Performed by Chikadibia Ebirim)
-2nd Place: Metropolitan Community College- Media/Film Conference 2017 (best music video ‘Black Lives Matter’ Directed and Performed by Chikadibia Ebirim)

 

 

MODEL:
PRINT . RUNWAY . FILM . LIVE
Displays clothing, companies, websites, products or merchandise in/on billboards, commercials, social media, advertisements and/or fashions shows. Works closely with designers, photographers, fashion coordinators, producers, stylists, makeup artists, agents and clients to produce desired looks and to finish photo/video shoots on schedule.

-Omaha Fashion Week
-RAW Artist Fashion Show
-Self Managed (Freelance) 8/15 - present | www.instagram.com/chikadibia_
-Develop Model Management (Omaha, NE), 08/13 – 08/15 | www.develop-models.com

Awarded
-Develop Model Management Model Call Winner 2013 (2-year Professional Model Contact) 

 

 

ARTIST MANAGEMENT: 
We Wood Management (Omaha, NE) 2014
Held auditions and interviews to discover potential talents to provide services to clients; communicated with artists to develop marketing plans for their music career. Responsible for collecting fees stipulated in contracts as well as maximizing exposure by implementing promotion and advertising activities.

 


CULTURAL PRODUCER:
EVENTS . SHOWS . FESTIVALS . PARTIES . WORKSHOPS . NETWORKS . EDUCATION
Collaborate with space/venue/gallery owner. Promote and invite community to experience art. Plan and strategically budget/prepare for event. Gather content and people to fill the space/venue/gallery. Campaign to specific markets in specific ways to ensure proper promotion. Make sure everyone has a good time!
Assemble a core group of professional educators/speakers and plan an engaging communication event based on a specific social/educational topic. Help others learn the intricacies of an innovative curriculum while simultaneously maintaining a proper learning environment. Understanding the community when working with the diverse age groups to dissect and reconnect common/social knowledge as well as career/artistic intelligence.

collaborations:

-University of Nebraska in Omaha (Omaha, NE) 2016-2017
-Union for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE) 2017
-Malcolm X Foundation (Omaha, NE) 2014- 2017
-Rose Theatre for Performing Art (Omaha, NE)  
-MilkRun DIY Performance and Art (Omaha, NE) 2017
-Orpheum Theatre for Performing Art (Omaha, NE) 
-Neo Art Gallery (Omaha, NE)  2017
-KANEKO (Omaha, NE) 2017
-Benson Theatre (Omaha, NE) 2017
-BOILER ROOM STUDIOS (Omaha, NE) 2015-2016
-Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE) 2015-2017
-Carver Bank (Omaha, NE) 2015
-Park Ave InCommons (Omaha,NE) 2014-17
-Metropolitan Community College (Omaha, NE) 2017
-Omaha Rockets’ Canteen and SoCo Cafe (Omaha, NE) 2017
-Hot Shops Art Studios (Omaha, NE) 2009-2012
-Do Space Digital Library (Omaha, NE) 2015-2017
-Omaha Design Center (Omaha, NE) 2017
-The Slowdown Performance Venue (Omaha, NE) 2017
-Sokol Auditorium for Performance and Art (Omaha, NE) 2017

 


 

Projects

 

 

PURPLE ABSTRACT LISTENING PARTY:

 Location:  Hi-Fi HOUSE 
September 30, 2017
7:00pm - 10:00pm
"Purple Abstract"  a new collection of songs by Chikadibia Ebirim. 

HI-FI HOUSE says “Chikadibia is one of Omaha's most creative and prolific young artists and producers. Following this year's wide release of the video and song "Black Lives Matter" Chikadibia has been hard at work producing new music and images for "Purple Abstract", an as-yet unreleased collection of 9 new songs. This was a special preview listen to his new work. 

The evening will also showcase Chikadibia's work in the music video format with the screening of 3 original videos, as well as a guided meditation using singing crystal bowls, led by Gaye Marie and Chikadibia which aims to prime listeners to experience the new work from a refreshed mental state. 

In a statement from the artist, "Purple Abstract" represents the chosen life of an artist; a life which transcends the red/blue divides Chikadibia recognized growing up in environments marred by gangs, and which allows for the abstract view of life and self to flourish into artistic work.”

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER: VIDEO PREMIERE
February 26th, 2017
Malcolm X Foundation
3448 Evans Street, Omaha, NE 68111

Doors opened at 8:08 pm.
Listening Party started at 9:09 pm.
Music Video started at 9:19 pm SHARP. $5 Cover at the door.
Dress Code: Wear all black.

Chikadibia teamed up with Verlies Produktion (and others) to create a music video to Chikadibia's most talked about song "Black Lives Matter." 
Hear Nebraska says, "Omaha rapper Chikadibia spits a few scathing verses atop minimalist production in his latest single 'Black Lives Matter.' The track can be found on his new self-produced 'You Bleed Exactly What I Bleed' mixtape." 
Mind & Soul Radio 101.3 FM says, "IT'S LIT", as Chikadibia talks with hosts, Black Excellence and The Sweetness, about his influences behind the track "Black Lives Matter" and much more. 
UNDISPUTEDHH says, "No two thoughts are the same but the basis of his music is lyrical peace. He just dropped a mixtape 'You Bleed Exactly What I Bleed.' The mixtape is a creative masterpiece that opens our heart to what matters. It sounds like a huge video game comprised of working to make it, maintaining, and culture. 'You Bleed Exactly What I Bleed' is an amazing masterpiece." Chikadibia says, "This music video premiere will be a very intense experience for my team, for my city, and for me. I just appreciate all the support so far. Wear all black and bring people with you! [laughs] See you there!" #FTP

 

ONLY PEACE - Art Community Festival: 
This peaceful event was a curated arts festival hosted by Chikadibia Ebirim at Carver Bank, September 2015 (OP1) 
There were musical performances by Mola B, DJing by Dojorok, live art by Jacasta Barber-Holmes, photos by Damion Grace, henna by Aissa, and dance by Moses Nebalasca. 

Only Peace marks the closing of Carver Bank’s five-month series A Call to Respond - which has taken audience interaction and collaboration as its focus, aiming to generate meaningful dialogue around collective action and creative placemaking. 

This community arts festival also hosted hula hooping, face painting, chalk drawing, food and drink along with a donation station for clothing, canned food and school supplies for area charities. 

 

A NEWDOOM NEW YEAR [ #ANNY ]:
Omaha’s Best New Year's Eve Party
location: BOILER ROOM STUDIOS
4383 NICHOLAS OMAHA, NE

when: December 31st, 2015 @ 9:30 

LIVE ART | LIVE DANCE | MIDNIGHT COUNTDOWN

Photography by David Gass

Chikadibia Presents another cultural production for the creative, the cultured, and the innovative. 
Not only was this an event to celebrate the end of the exciting year of 2015, but it was a time where we all came together peacefully to unite and set our positive intentions as a developing city.
Another reason of the event, Chikadibia wanted to give Omaha artists the opportunity to wrap up the end of their year with a bang! 
Most of all, Chikadibia just wants to have a great time! 

 

OPEN RELEASE FESTIVAL:

Live art and concert event

When: October 2014

Artists Chikadibia and Brisx hosted a festival for the release of Brisx’s independent album, Open, with complimentary food and drinks as well as live painting and a clothing raffle by Dparts the Villain with Dope Attire. The event was equipped with a mobile subwoofer lab provided by InPhase Car Audio and Live interviews were held by RGTV. 

 

SPACE AND TIME EXPERIENCE:

Music event with live art

When: September 2014
Location: Park Ave InCommons
A social experiment to observe and shed light on the minds of local omahans. Diverse music selections from free formed singing to techno music to hip hop, fitting for an equally diverse crowd. Meditation session made available to all attendees during intermission.

 

ONLY PEACE EVENT:

Art showcase and charity event, September 2014

Location: Park Ave InCommons

In an effort to pull together resources from the community, Only Peace provided a donation station for food, school supplies, and clothing. Donations were equally shared amongst the Malcolm X Center, InCommon Community Center and Salvation Army. On site was a fun photo booth to capture the day’s memories and an open sidewalk for guests to ‘chalk’ on. Three lucky winners also won priceless art pieces through a raffle.

 

#CONNECT24 : BUS TOUR

A transculturation celebration via 24 Metro bus.

Bemis Center artists-in-residence Tug Collective and a group of Omaha change-makers invited you to get on the bus with them Friday, November 10 to evaluate and address issues of access and connectivity while riding the 24th St. route from North to South, and back, with insightful stops along the way.

Organizers hoped to provide a ‘transculturation celebration’ by highlighting people, places, and happenings along this vibrant, historic corridor, while providing an opportunity for people to experience and think together about ways to improve service along 24th St. as well as the Metro system as a whole.

#Connect24 happened at the North Omaha Transit Center (between 31st Ave. & 30th St., two blocks south of Ames) at 3:45 p.m. for a ride that will included stops at the Fair Deal Village MarketPlace, the Union for Contemporary Art, the Latino Center of the Midlands, the International Bakery, and OutrSpaces.

Route Schedule
-3:45 pm North Omaha Transit Center (Pre-Tour Walk)
-4:00 Official Welcome
-4:15 BOARD 24th St. bus
-4:20 OFF at 24th and Lake (The Union, Fair Deal)
-4:52 BOARD at 24th and Burdette NW
-5:11 OFF at 24th and M St. (Latino Center, Bakery)
-6:13 BOARD at 24th and Q St.
-6:26 OFF at 24th and Howard St. (OutrSpaces)
-7:27 BOARD at 24th and Harney St. 
-7:49 Arrive North Omaha Transit Center

-Facilitated by Tug Collective
Kayla Meyer, Dawaune Lamont Hayes, Chikadibia Ebirim, Manuel Cook Jr., Rachael Bohnenkamp, Gustavo Aguilar, Gaelyn Aguilar


 

References

 

 

ALEX PRIEST SCAPE:

Exhibitions Manager- Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

www.bemiscenter.org

alex@bemiscenter.org

 

JOANNA LEFLORE:

Writer & Marketing Consultant
Writer of Hope For Women Magazine

www.joannaleflore.com

joannaleflore@gmail.com

 

GAELYN and GUSTAVO AGUILAR:

Founders- TUG Collective

www.tugcollective.org

tugcollective@gmail.com

 

ASHLEY KNOX:

Magazine Editor – Identity by Design

www.identitybydesignmag.com

aknoxpr@gmail.com