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Monster Donates 100 InspirationHeadphones to Be Hand- Painted by Ten Renowned Haitian Master Artists; One-of-a-Kind Headphones Will Be Auctioned to Raise Funds for Construction of EPAC HAITI Performing Arts and Convention Center –

Monster, the world leader in high-performance personal audio, is partnering with the Enigma Performing Arts and Convention Center of Haiti (EPAC HAITI), for the “Headphones for Haiti” fundraising initiative that will benefit the people and culture of Haiti. As part of the initiative, Monster is donating 100 pairs of its Inspiration headphones to be used as “blank canvases” that will be hand-painted by ten renowned Haitian Master Painters, including Frantz Zephirin, St. Jean Saint Juste, Richard Barbot, Mario Benjamin, Patricia Brintle, Joseph Eddy Pierre, Yael Talleyrand, Pascal Merisier aka “Pasko”, Levoy exil, Harold Dessalines, Pascale Monnin, Philippe Dodard and Patrick Ganthier aka “Killy”.  

 Each Master Painter was given ten headphones to transform into unique, personalized works of art. Ten of the completed hand-painted headphones will also have accompanying canvas paintings by the artists, which will be auctioned off at the celebratory launch event in New York City on June 25, 2014.  The additional hand-painted headphones will be auctioned on eBay (ebay.com/headphonesforhaiti) from June 23 to July 1, 2014. All money raised at both the New York silent auction and the online auction will be used to help fund construction of the new performing arts center EPAC HAITI. In addition to helping fund this ambitious construction enterprise, the goal of the “Headphones for Haiti” program is to generate positive awareness about the art, culture and people of Haiti as the Caribbean nation continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The “Headphones for Haiti” project is part of Monster Cares™, Monster’s charitable division that was created to support local charities with education, music, sports and technology.

The Art of the Headphone: To Allure, Inspire and Mystify

Head Monster Noel Lee noted: “We created the Monster Inspiration headphone line out of a desire to merge the worlds of art and technology so music lovers could elevate both their listening experience and their self-expression. They reflect an artistic and an emotional signature that strives to allure, inspire, and mystify, while also offering truly great audio performance. The opportunity to use our Inspiration headphones to help an artistic project like EPAC HAITI, which is so important and vital to the people of Haiti, is indeed an honor.”

The EPAC HAITI Performing Arts and Convention Center, designed by world-renowned Pritzker-Prize winning architect Kevin Roche, is a groundbreaking project that will inspire and transform generations of young people, while providing a much-needed boost to the Haitian economy by creating an estimated 4,000 jobs for Haitian workers. Haiti is a country steeped in art and culture, where four out of every sixteen citizens are artists. EPAC HAITI will be a true national cultural center that will educate, employ, entertain, while also creating a major tourist attraction in Haiti. The EPAC HAITI project enjoys full support of the Haitian artist community and sees this project as a lifeline.

All Monster headphones feature the company’s breakthrough Pure Monster Sound™, specially tuned by Head Monster Noel Lee. Pure Monster Sound uses Monster’s latest proprietary technologies and sonic innovations to bring the full experience of live music to music lovers and concert goers everywhere. Articulate, tight, and ultimately revealing, it’s as close to live music as being on stage with the musicians.

For the past 35 years, Monster has been a catalyst for innovation and big ideas. Discovering that cables in hi-fi systems influenced the sound, Head Monster Noel Lee developed Monster Cable® – an immediate hit. Monster engineered the sound of Beats® headphones, and has since become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance headphones, all featuring Pure Monster Sound™ technology.  Today, the company offers advanced connectivity solutions for professional musicians, home entertainment, computing, mobile and gaming, as well as high performance AC Power and conditioning products. Monster continues to lead in innovation with over 662 patents worldwide and 100 pending, offering more than 5,000 products in over 160 countries. Monster also prides itself in helping those who are in less-than-fortunate circumstances through Monster Cares®. Above all, Monster does what it does Because The Music Matters.  

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EPAC HAITI is a state of the art performing arts and convention center that will be built in the country of Haiti. World-renowned Pritzker prize winning architect Kevin Roche designed the center. Soon EPAC HAITI will be a major Haitian cultural hub and entertainment destination for Haiti’s people and tourist. With this initiative, EPAC HAITI will promote economic development by creating an estimated 4,000 jobs and provide the highest caliber of arts education in the Caribbean. The center will include a 3,000 seat concert hall, a state of the art convention center, a school for performing arts, museum, gallery, movie theaters, a 500 seat theatrical theater, artisans market, TV studio and many more. EPAC HAITI was founded by Haitian-Americans Youdy Sanon an entrepreneur and Kishner Deprinvill, a filmmaker and photographer. Their passion envisions a modern and respected Haitian society driving by its rich cultural heritage.

JOSEPH EDDY PIERRE: Much of Joseph Eddy Pierre’s art deals with identity, trans-cultural existence, and African-Diasporic rituals. Working in mixed media, with an emphasis on painting and installation, Joseph Eddy Pierre’s art is layered, luscious, and often dense. Joseph’s quality of work is in demand throughout galleries worldwide.

PHILIPPE DODARD: Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1954, Philippe Dodard is a leading contemporary artist of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. His artistic evolution was a series of steps, leading to a major solo and international exhibitions including, Arte Americas (2008), the Venice Biennale (1999), Biennale of Latin American Drawings, Santo Domingo (1997), and the Biennale of Caribbean and Central America Art, Dominican Republic (1996). Dodard attained international prominence by rejecting the ‘primitive’, ‘naïve’ classification that dogged Haitian art.  His paintings— Eternité de Mes Songes, Parole d’Ile (2005), Flûte Enchantée (1999), the Kosovo series, Femme aux Trois visages (1989), and Syncretism (1991)—are not any kind of works, states Michelle Frisch, Director of the Marassa Gallery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  “They were like mnemonic devices . . . created at a moment of Philippe’s coming to term with the forces that texture the Caribbean ethos”. Dodard superbly blended Haitian, Caribbean and African iconographical elements to create deep complex forms. His recent choice of themes, Initiation, Consternation and Baron-Samedi reflects his transformation into “a human Poto-Mitan,” the channeling pole at the center of the Vodun temple through which the spiritual forces descend to the oumphor (temple).

FRANTZ ZÉPHIRIN:orn on December 17, 1968, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He is, by his reckoning, the 24th of his father’s 48 children (born to 19 different women). Zéphirin was raised by his grandmother near her voodoo compound in Cap-Haitien before moving to Port-au-Prince at the age of 16. As a child, Zéphirin started painting images of colonial houses in 1973 with his uncle, the Haitian master Antoine Obin, but he quickly pulled away from the stylized school of the Cap artists. Since 1987, Zéphirin has shown his work at Haiti’s Galerie Monnin. His work is instantly recognizable by the human figures with animal heads, which represent his deep cynicism for the country’s ruling class. Zéphirin’s paintings are characterized by their bright colors, patterns and tightly packed compositions. Extremely prolific, Zéphirin is known for his powerful imagination and devastating social commentary. His inspiration comes from the country’s political history, events in the Bible and voodoo mythology. Zéphirin has shared his vision wherever he has gone, including France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, the United States and Panama.

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