Tate is a writer, musician, and cultural provocateur who lives and thrives atop Harlem's Sugar Hill. Since 1999, Tate has led the Conducted Improv big band, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally and have released 19 albums on their own Avant Groidd imprint.
The ensemble recently celebrated its 2Oth anniversary of “Avant Groidnuss” by releasing a three-volume mixtape series—Our Groiddest Schizznits—in tandem with concerts at Lincoln Center’s Rubinstein Atrium and Brooklyn Museum.
His books include the acclaimed essay collection Flyboy in The Buttermilk, Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader,Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience, Brooklyn Kings/New York City’s Black Bikers (w/photographer Martin Dixon) and Everything But The Burden—What White People Are Taking From Black Culture.
He is currently finishing work on Beast Mode:Iconic Gods and Monsters of the Bloodthirsty Black Atlantic and Beyond for publication by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux in early 2020.
Tate has been a visiting professor at Columbia, Yale, Brown, San Francisco State, Princeton University, and Williams College. He was a Staff Writer at the Village Voice from 1987 to 2003.
His writings on culture and politics have also been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone and VIBE.
Cosponsored by the Musical Studies Program and the Department of Africana Studies.