Angel Ruediger

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Call Our Father


Adelaide's Voyage


Behind the Music

Music touches and influences powerfully - not only individuals, but groups of individuals too. Thus, to use music to bring attention to lawlessness at sea and human rights issues is not only an innovative use of journalism but also a very effective strategy to reach people. The creative process for composing these tracks didn’t differ too much from my usual process, but with these tracks for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project there was the added challenge of producing something that could touch them on another level. 

I had already heard and read about Ian Urbina's project(s), but since he's always (and tirelessly) showing us different angles, it's almost impossible not to form new perceptions and be increasingly touched when he comes up with a new scoop. I really enjoyed collaborating with Ian on this project. His book, The Outlaw Ocean, is vital reading for the world we live in today.

Angel Ruediger
About Angel Ruediger

Angel Ruediger is a Brazilian pianist and composer. Her untimely passion for piano music led her to study classical piano at the age of nine and start to write compositions two years later. Although she ran on classical piano study for almost 10 years, the choices she made led her to pursue an academic career and achieve a doctorate in political history with a strong interest in social life. Her interest in history and art was always interconnected in creative reflections which brings insights into her musical inspiration. In 2018, she decided to record and release some original compositions and has been releasing music ever since. She plays mostly neoclassical and new age music, sometimes crossing over into jazz, ambient music and bossa nova. 

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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