My name is Ayana Contreras, and I’m passionate about sound and color. I work in sound, and was the host of Chicago Public Radio’s “Global Overnight” program. I currently host and produce a show called “Reclaimed Soul” on Vocalo.org (a sister station of Chicago Public Radio). I am also a DJ, sound designer, and music historian. I used to also teach audio documentary skills to Chicago high school students. I collect records (LPs & 45s), and enjoy the stories behind them, especially those recorded locally.
I also love Chicago: where we’re going and where we’ve been.
Darkjive is about arts and culture with a purpose, rooted in the community (but not without humor). It’s about inclusiveness and uniqueness. It’s about the many facets of creation in Chicago. It’s about our common history and varied goals. It’s also about recognizing the value in the undervalued vestiges of what came before us (culturally… artistically… musically). What may have once been deemed obsolete, out of fashion, or otherwise lacking. The jive. I, for one, embrace the jive, the whole of our cultural inheritance. So, jive on.