Greg Landau, PhD, is an award-winning music/video producer, educator and music historian with a doctorate from UC San Diego's prestigious School of Communication. There, he was mentored by Herbert Schiller and George Lipsitz and began researching the role of music as a social force. Instead of focusing his work strictly on academia he has engaged in an ambitious career that combines academic work, teaching and research with music production, resulting in a combination of theory and practice.
Over the last 20 years he has produced six Grammy nominated CD's and over 50 CDs, numerous film sound tracks and videos. He currently teaches at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco City College and has taught seminars in Nicaragua, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba. His academic work focuses on the role of music as a force for social change.
He has worked with renowned artists including: Carlos "Patato" Valdez, Maldita Vecindad, Jerry Gonzalez, Kepa Junkera, Buena Vista Social Club Producer Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, Susan Baca, Bobi Cespedes, Dr. Loco, Pete Seeger, Omar Sosa, John Santos, Pancho Quinto, Quetzal, Los Mocosos, Fuga!, Sambada, Manicato, John Calloway and David Byrne's record label Luaka Bop, Vanguard Records, Six Degrees and many others. His musical productions have been featured in films and television including the new Benjamin and Peter Bratt film, "La Mission", Oliver Stone's, "Comandante", Survivor: Nicaragua, CSI Miami, The Family Guy, Dexter, Burn Notice, Nash Bridges, Punk', HBO's Hemingway and Gelhorn, and numerous PBS documentaries.