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The music and image of the legendary jazz icon Thelonious Monk will be jettisoned into the technological future through a collaboration with creative pioneer and visual artist Rah Crawford. Mr. Monk’s music will serve as the inspiration for Crawford’s trademarked portrait style that fuses words, shapes and line-form within figures. The collaboration between a legendary jazz musician and a contemporary visual artist will produce a completely new type of future forward art offering called an Audio Reactive NFT, which is an emerging form of crypto art available exclusively on the blockchain. 

‘Audio reactive’ is the combined elements of sound and sight imagery paired together to deliver a harmonious experience to the viewer. An NFT, or non-fungible token, is a special type of cryptographic token which represents something unique on the blockchain. Non-fungible tokens are used to create verifiable digital scarcity, as well as digital ownership.

Thelonious Monk is one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and the father of modern jazz and bebop. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards, including "Well, You Needn't," "Blue Monk" and "Round Midnight."

ABC news stated that Rah Crawford “has arrived on the scene and is changing the face of contemporary art”. The New York Times has described his work as "Buoyant" "Exuberant" and "Optimistic".

This momentous collaboration was envisioned by art/tech consultants Universe Contemporary, alongside the Estate of Thelonious Monk, World Owned—Arts and Entertainment and Legacy Media. The team plans to make history by reigniting the cultural legacy of the iconic Thelonious Monk on the blockchain and documenting the creative journey as an art documentary.

The artwork will be auctioned exclusively on the SuperRare platform. SuperRare is a blockchain based marketplace to collect and trade unique, single-edition digital artworks.

Thelonious Monk x Rah Crawford

A Jazz Music Icon and Blockchain Art Collaboration




Weds. Feb 24th (9am PST / 12pm EST)
Clubhouse chat  

An open conversation with The Thelonious Monk Estate, Rah Crawford, Lady Phe (Universe Contemporary) and special guests.

Thurs. Feb 25th - Art auction on Superrare


Thelonious Monk Estate website

Artist Rah Crawford website






Guests can preview the artwork and VR exhibition here.