Korg USA has announced the hiring of Natalie Chami as product specialist. A noted synth influencer and musician, Chami is based in Chicago and will play a key role in creating Korg USA’s product content and training resources for customers and dealers.
Chami arrives at Korg USA from the Chicago High School for the Arts, a school that she helped found and where she served as vocal chair. At ChiArts, she developed curriculum for a variety of courses, including music technology. She also oversaw the development and implementation of anti-racist and trauma-informed curriculum with compassionate instruction, and built relationships with various organizations, including music conservatories and universities, in order to provide opportunities for students. Ontario-born Chami is a graduate of Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with concentrations in classical voice, opera performance, and choral conducting.
Since 2009, Chami has performed and recorded under the TALsounds moniker, a project that explores drone, ambient, and electroacoustic improv disciplines. After a series of tape releases on labels like Hausu Mountain and Moog’s own physical imprint, Chami released her first TALsounds LP, Love Sick, with New York's Ba Da Bing Records. Her second LP, Acquiesce, arrived in 2020 on NNA Records. The Fader magazine acknowledged that Chami “has spent the past decade developing a reputation as one of America's most compelling DIY artists.” As a member of free music trio Good Willsmith, she has toured the U.S. and released nine albums since 2012. She also performs as half of ambient duo Damiana (new album slated for next month), and regularly collaborates in informal improv ensembles with musicians from Chicago and beyond.
In addition to maintaining a private voice studio for students since 2010, Chami was tapped in 2019 to be an influencer and ambassador for the online musical instrument marketplace, Reverb.
[Photo at top: Natalie Chami by Maria Tzeka]