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Saundi Wilson, the son of prolific drummer Phillip Wilson (Art Ensemble of Chicago, Butterfield Blues Band), was born and raised in Brüknahm (Brooklyn, NY). Saundi- which is Finnish slang for “sound”(or “beat”)- started playing the guitar at age five, but it wasn’t until his sophomore year at Brooklyn Technical High School that he discovered the “wheels of steel”. Saundi went on to DJ over 200 shows for his rap group (System X), but more importantly, got his first taste of music production. In 1992, Saundi was accepted to the music program at S.U.N.Y. Purchase where he learned to read, write, compose, analyze music. The free-for-all environment at Purchase allowed the self diagnosed eclecto-maniac to spread his wings. Saundi was adorned with numerous awards and accolades, including the Thayer Fellowship (given to one artist in NY State each year) and President's Award. Saundi immediately became active in film and television writing music for A&E, CBS, ABC, and Disney as well as numerous short films. He then entered the masters program at NYU for film scoring where he was awarded Best Original Score at the NYU Film Festival. Saundi would go on to score his first feature film, Manito , which garnered honors at several festivals, most notably the Sundance and South by Southwest Film Festivals. Since it's theatrical release (by Film Movement), it has been licensed to HBO, Showtime and the Independent Film Channel.


After NYU, Saundi began creating The Brüknahm Project with Sebastian Bardin, a former classmate from Purchase. Their first LP (self-titled) was released on Knitting Factory Records to critical acclaim and has been licensed to twelve different shows, including MTV’s Real World and Jersey Shore. The Brüknahm Project completed two European tours performing on some of Europe's greatest stages (i.e. North Sea, Jazz a Vienne). After their tremendous success in Europe, the duo packed up and moved to Paris, where they began working on their second album. Brüknahm was commissioned by Universal (France) to produce tracks for Algerian star Khaled, not to mention two remixes for the Japanese sensation AIR on the LP On My Way (EMI/Capitol). Saundi continued to lay down his eclectic groove as DJ Saundi in various locales in Europe as well as his monthly Brooklyn Zoo parties in Paris. It was also during this period that he developed a love for photography.


Saundi eventually moved back to the U.S., (Los Angeles) importing his Brooklyn Zoo franchise to L.A. hot spots Little Temple and The Standard Hotel. After co-producing the debut album of budding Canadian star Jessica Brooks (Bungalow 7), and producing tracks for bluegrass artist Claire Holley, Saundi began to develop his solo collection – Los Angeles. He also began to become more focused on music licensing. Saundi's music continues to be placed on MTV's most popular programs (i.e. Jersey Shore, Beavis and Butthead), as well as hit shows like the CW's Nikita, and BBC's Top Gear. He signed a sub-publishing deals with Stephen Arnold Music, VQ Creative, and Crucial Music shortly before leaving California. In 2010, Saundi to moved back to New York. He reunited with his Brüknahm collborator, Mr.Bardin, and they completed their second album- City of Light, which has recently been released worldwide by Believe Digital.


Saundi has also begun to turn his passion for photography into a new career. His work has already appeared on Sports Illustrated’s blog Extra Mustard, and he has had a photo chosen as a Smithsonian Magazine editor’s pick. His photography has been featured in the NY Photo Festival Capture Brooklyn exhibit at Powerhouse Arena, and most recently at the Sony World Photography Exhibit (at Somerset House, London)- the World Photography Organisation selected Saundi’s work from 52,323 images selected from 171 countries. Saundi has also worked as a freelance photographer with El Diario la Prensa, the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the country.


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