Dara and X-Ambassadors

Sam and Noah attended Boynton Middle School and Ithaca High School, whereas Casey chose the route of the Alternative Community School (now the Lehman Alternative Community School; LACS). But even ACS, he joked, must not have been alternative enough. He dropped out at 17 and got his GED but co-taught music classes with his beloved teacher Dara Anissi, who introduced him to “Middle Eastern and Indian and East Asian musicians” and other genres he had never before encountered.

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