has been teaching constitutional law since 1981. He has been a faculty member since 2003 at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, where he holds the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law. The Constitution Song represents his first musical collaboration since college. Named a Distinguished University Scholar by Ohio State in 2011, he is the author of over sixty law review articles and book chapters, as well as author, co-author or editor of eight books, including Madison’s Nightmare: Executive Power and the Threat to American Democracy (U. of Chicago 2009). In 2008-09, Peter served as executive director to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, and was the lead drafter of its report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age (Aspen Institute 2009). A frequent op-ed writer on public law issues, Peter has contributed essays to numerous outlets online and across the country including Slate, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, Bloomberg BNA, and Huffington Post, His next book, Democracy’s Chief Executive, will be published in 2022 by the University of California Press. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society.
is a Grammy-award winning saxophonist, recording artist, arranger, composer, and technologist. Over the years, he has performed, written, and recorded with many of his musical heroes, including Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Tune-Yards, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band), Wynton Marsalis, and The Levon Helm Band.
Originally born in Seattle, WA to a musical family, Johnny started working as a professional musician at 12 years old, playing around the Seattle scene, sneaking into bars and venues across the city, playing with rock bands, jazz groups, and hip-hop projects. During his time in high school, Johnny played with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Shrieve (Santana), Reggie Watts, Roy Hargrove, Skerik, and Cedar Walton, won numerous awards, and toured America, China, and Europe. After high school, Johnny went to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he met his mentor Gary Bartz and was selected to play in the nationally touring Oberlin Jazz Septet.
Johnny’s recent album HyperViolet is a sublime, expansive spiritual jazz-fusion masterpiece. Since its release by London-based Hi4Head Records, the album has garnered as much praise overseas as in the US. The Wire says, “Johnny Butler is the real deal - he arranged for Beyoncé, for God's sake – and HyperViolet is just about the freshest thing you'll hear all year.”
Apfel is a Brooklyn-based director and editor whose work aims to capture the quandaries of her generation infused with humor and grit. She edits much of her own work and the work of local activists, artists and musicians in Brooklyn. Arielle’s thesis film, A Chick Called Wanda, which she directed, wrote and produced won BEST COMEDY at NY SHORTS and won AUDIENCE FAVORITE at Iron Mule Comedy Festival in January 2017. Her films have played at Light House International Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Woodshole Film Festival and have been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Vegan and Atwood Magazine. She was awarded a 2018 Made In New York Fellowship for her first feature script, A Tiny Perfect World. Arielle holds a BA in Film Studies from the American University of Paris and an MFA from The London Film School.
Audrey Rachelle and Alex Jenkins co-founded AnA Collaborations in March of 2015 upon discovering their shared passion for honest, risk-taking creation and performance.
Since then, AnA has partnered with artists in numerous mediums including film, music, literature, and set design to create visceral, accessible, and moving experiences for performers and audiences alike.
Audrey is currently a performer in Sleep No More and has performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Tucson, Nashville Ballet, The Equus Projects, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, as well as been featured in films by Bill Hayward and Wired Elephant Studios. In addition, she has performed works by Crystal Pite, Sidra Bell, Maxine Doyle, Paul Taylor, Natalia Horečna, David Norsworthy among others.
Alex has performed live and on film with the San Francisco Symphony, the Mckittrick Hotel, Navarra Novy-Williams, Bill Hayward, Kara Davis' project agora, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Fountain 3 Films, and others, and is the recipient of an Isadora Duncan award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble.
AnA Collaborations has received a Digital Technology Initiative Micro Residency from Gibney Dance Center and has been commissioned by Columbia University. Their award-winning film, Seasoned, has been screened in film festivals nationwide. Other new works have been presented by The CURRENT SESSIONS, Dixon Place, The Bunker NYC, NARS Foundation, HappyLucky no.1, Brooklyn Bowl, C'mon Everybody, Mercury Lounge, and the Wild Project, among others.
Lyric and Video Concept: Peter M. Shane
Music Composed, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Johnny Butler
Video Produced and Directed by Johnny Butler and Peter M. Shane
Editor: Arielle Apfel
Movement Direction and Choreography: AnA Collaborations
Video Colorist: Ace Salisbury
Logo, Campaign Buttons, and Video Credits Design: Eric Conrad
Musicians and Vocalists
Drums: Charles Ferguson
Guitar: Jonathan Goldberger
Piano: Alex Scherber
Saxophone: Johnny Butler
Trombone: Kevin Moehringer
Trumpet: Carter Yasutake
Banjo: Rachel Eddy
Ruben Acosta, Kalen Lister, DJ Due Process
Video Photography Credits
Howard Chandler Christy's Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States (Library of Congress, Public Domain).
Constitution of the United States of America (National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain).
Presidential Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress (Photo by Howard Jackson, Public Domain).
Columns, U.S. Supreme Court building (Photo by Ron Coleman, Licensed via Creative Commons [CC BY-NC 2.0].
Preliminary 1782 version of the Great Seal of the United States by Charles Thomson, the Secretary of Congress (National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain).
Soldiers in the trenches before battle, Petersburg, Va., 1865. 111-B-157. National Archives Identifier 524576. (The Petersburg identification appearing in the official caption for this photograph, received by NARA from the Army Signal Corps, has been disputed. Civil War historians and photo-historians have uncovered documentary evidence suggesting that this image of Union forces was taken by Andrew J. Russell just before the Second Battle of Fredericksburg in the spring of 1863.) (Public Domain).
"Mother" Jones and her army of striking textile workers starting out for their descent on New York, 1903 (Photo by Peirce & Jones, Public Domain).
Protest against child labor in a labor parade, 1909 (Library of Congress, Public Domain).
1963 March on Washington (Created by the U.S. Information Agency, National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain).
Peoples Climate March New York, New York, September 21, 2014 (Taken by Climate Action Network, Licensed via Creative Commons [CC BY-NC 2.0]).
National Farm Worker Ministry Winter Board Meeting 2017, Fresno, CA (Photo by Alexandria Jonas, Licensed via Creative Commons [CC BY-2.0]).
Women’s March on Washington (Photo by Mobilus in Mobili, Licensed via Creative Commons [CC BY-SA 2.0]).
Black Lives Matter Protest (Photo by Johnny Silvercloud, licensed via Creative Commons [CC BY-SA 2.0]).