Cassie Shankman is an Austin-based composer, orchestrator, pianist and DJ (Cass&Ra). As a composer and orchestrator, she has been recognized for her work with film, visual artists, chamber groups, wind ensembles, apps, musicals, and music therapy technology. Visit her IMDB page for more information on her past and upcoming projects. As a performer, she's played with legendary musicians such as jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at Lincoln Center and DEVO's frontman Mark Mothersbaugh. As a DJ, specializing in health & wellness, she has DJ'd for clients from Soul Cycle to Expedia to Spredfast's SXSW Social Suite 3-Day House Party, with over 3,000 people in attendance. You can find more about her upcoming shows on her facebook page DJ Cass&Ra. She is currently playing keys/synth in Austin local indie-band, Russel Taine Jr and James Junius.
Cassie is currently focusing on creating compositions that use brain-based movement technology to help people walk again, with Austin's Center for Music Therapy on the Movement Tracks Project. She recently spoke at SXSW 2017 on this topic, "Movement Tracks: Where Biotech and Music Converge." You can watch the panel talk here.
As a proponent for music education, Cassie is the co-founder and head of marketing for Picardy, an interactive web app for developing theory and musicianship skills. She is also an active committee member for the Grammy Foundation's education board. Cassie previously was the Program & Media Manager/Lead Producer for the non-profit Golden Hornet, a music composition laboratory for commissioning and producing new and original works co-founded by composer Graham Reynolds.
Cassie's love for music, tech, and marketing brought her to do artist management and digital media marketing for various musicians, artists, actors, and tech companies across the U.S. She designs and executes client’s overall digital presence, promotes their assets, and also helps coordinate tour marketing and promotion.
She is a graduate from The University of Texas with a degree in music composition and a secondary focus in film studies. She also studied music production with the Berklee College of Music.
Check out a recent interview with artist/musician/writer Mary Bryce (SMiiLE & Dreamboat) here.