also been a musician for more than 40 years and for more than 12 years
was the artistic and founding director of DIAJ
(Drummers in a Jam), a performing and recording group which included
musicians from the mid-peninsula and wider San Francisco Bay Area (CD
and samples available).
performs with SoundMoments
Duo in the Puget Sound area.
New York City, 1968. Created and screened film short, Mandarin
Museum of Contemporary
Crafts, New York City, 1969. Created an interactive installation
in the Contemplation
Environments exhibition. It was a free-form, tensioned fabric
and acrylic environment in which people were totally “immersed.”
The guide and visitors' breathing, heart beats, and galvanic skin response
controlled all sound and lighting.
Camden Maine, 1977. Created a harborside gallery to market his photographic
works and granite sculpture.
The Image Bank,
New York City, 1978. Provided glamour and nature images to this
international stock agency. Robert was one of The Image Bank's early photographers.
San Francisco, 1980. Built and exhibited
(biosignal imaging system) installation. It was both an artistic
and educational expression using glass, acrylic, and fiberoptic lighting
emulating multi-channel biofeedback. This was for use in the "special
needs" and "abled" communities. Biosis derived from his professional
work in the field of psychophysiology.
Gallery, San Francisco, 1983. Exhibited selections from his East
Coast photographic collection of glamour, nature, and abstract images.
Private and Proprietary
Commercial Design and Development, 1983 - 2004. Created computer-based
psychophysiological and medical instrumentation for a wide range of
2004, the weekend of July 4th. Screened
Edge - Spirit's Journey.
Edge - Spirit's Journey screened throughout the evening on Vashon
Island's "First Friday" gallery tour event.
The Vashon Theater,
Edge - Spirit's Journey opened an evening of films at Vashon Theater
on Friday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Film Expo 2005,
Vashon, WA. Screened
Edge - Spirit's Journey at this juried evening of films at Vashon
The Vashon Theater,
2006. Here and
Now: Vashon-Maury Island opened an evening of films.
Local Expo 2006,
Vashon, WA. Screened
and Now: Vashon-Maury Island at this juried evening of films at Vashon
Menlo Park, CA, 1997. In 1997 he created and performed in "Sweet
California," an African-inspired performance of original and traditional
music and dance, including his original ballet, "California Suite" at Burgess
Theater in Menlo Park, California. Robert has been creating original improvisational
music for more than four decades and had earlier founded DIAJ
for Bay Area drum circles and dancers in the early '90s.
Haven Media Studio,
Menlo Park, CA, 1998. Produced Pangaea:
Old World, New Visions, an album by DIAJ
(Drummers in a Jam) (on CD). Pangaea features Robert Bornn,
Laura Worth, and Ma Boukaka, the Congolese musician, entertainer, and teacher
with other San Francisco Bay Area musicians. The Pangaea album contains
original, African-Inspired, California-Grown
world music. The album
was released in 1998. Robert was the founding and artistic director
of DIAJ (Drummers in a Jam)
performing and recording group.
Los Altos, CA, 2001, Independence Day. Robert created and performed
in "The World Is You,"
an original, African-inspired music and dance performance to celebrate
World Human Rights.
Studio, Caspar, CA, 2004. Created the movie,
Edge - Spirit's Journey, a nonviolent nature story from the Northern
California coast. It celebrates the lyrical, spiritual, and sensuous
sides of nature. Evocative African-inspired music: six original instrumental
ballads by Robert Bornn (on xylimba and standing drum) and Laura Worth
(on alto recorder). The music track for Ocean's Edge was recorded
Studio. Video and sound were edited at the Seadrift Media
Studio in Caspar, California. The movie was released in 2004.
Lights of the
Sound at Blue Heron Gallery, 2004. After moving to Vashon Island,
Robert and Laura collaborated with local artists to create a celebration
of positive dance and music. This evening of community included an
immersive light and sound installation by Robert, his film and music, dance,
performance art, Vashon Island's
Circle of Sound and music by Laura
and him as SoundMoments
Duo. Screened Ocean's
Studio, Vashon Island, WA, 2005. Here
and Now: Vashon-Maury Island is the second movie in a series of
nonviolent nature art movies. This is an alternative, romantic view
of nature in an artistic, narrative-free, and nonviolent style. Filmed
throughout 2005, the film's enchanted naturalism touches each season on
Vashon-Maury Island in Washington. Evocative natural waterscapes
and landscapes on Quartermaster Harbor are set to a medley from the Discovery
Suite, Robert's improvisational piano works.
Studio, Vashon Island, WA, 2009. Produced
a 2-CD album by DIAJ (Drummers
in a Jam) to honor Ma Boukaka, the Congolese musician, entertainer,
and teacher. The album features Robert Bornn, Laura Worth, and Ma
Boukaka with other San Francisco Bay Area musicians. The Mouyami
album contains original,
music. The album was released in 2009. Robert was the founding and
artistic director of DIAJ (Drummers
in a Jam) performing and recording group.