Val Jeanty aka Val-Inc

Val Jeanty aka Val-Inc

She // Her // Hers, They // Them // Theirs

[ID: A person with short-cropped blonde hair sits in front of a set of drums, hands resting on their drumsticks.]

Portrait photo by Richard Louissaint.

Afro-Electronica Composer, Turntablist, and Drummer
Lowell, MA
2024 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Barr Foundation.

Val Jeanty, also known as Val-Inc, is a Haitian Afrofuturist, drummer, turntablist, and Professor at Berklee College of Music. Jeanty is a pioneer of the electronic music subgenre called Afro-Electronica (also called “Vodou-Electro”) incorporating Haitian folkloric rhythms with digital instrumentations by synergistically combining acoustics with electronics and the archaic with the postmodern.

Jeanty’s Afro-Electronica performances include the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale in Italy, and the House of the World’s Cultures in Berlin. Jeanty is the recipient of various grants including the 2017 Van Lier Fellowship, the NYSCA/Roulette 2019 Residency Fellowship, and the 2022 Toulmin NYU / Center for Ballet and the Arts Fellowship.

“The Electric Vodou Sound of Val-Inc.” Video by BESE Meets.