This is a slow brewing project which aims to unite the traditional musical directions of Ethiopia's various (and sometimes conflicting) regional subcultures. I made a trip to Bahir Dar to do research on the habits and facilities of these phenomenal musical styles. This project is the brainchild of Ethiopian luminary Minyeshu Kifle. She has asked me to lead an ensemble.
From September 1st, I will be leading a project to provide musical activities for the children at the refugee camp in Rotterdam. Though I expect to be rapping, playing Ed Sheeran songs and mousing out Fruity Loops there, I intend to use my knowledge of Arab, Kurd and East African styles to help these mostly Syrian, Eritrean and Somali folks get a foothold in this very cryptic Dutch society.
This former youth concert center (OJC Pandamonium) in downtown Vlaardingen is now a private endeavor and home to art galleries, concerts, workshops, parties and other community oriented fun. I organize concerts here about 4 times a year. Vlaardingen's best kept secret!
Bringing music lessons to primary schools after hours has been the ambition of this teachers' guild since the breakup of Muziekcentrum Opmaat. Some of the region's best, most experienced teachers reside in this collective. This is the place to go when in search of an authentic, professional music teacher. The best teachers tend to fly under the radar.
The hugely successful brainchild of Rotterdam renaissance woman Marjet Roerink offers a springboard to starting artists in Rotterdam South, arguably the home of Holland's greatest concentration of artistic edge and potential. I spend Tuesdays here as musical 'fixer'.
I manage this offshoot of the Rotterdam version in Kade 40. Everyone with any artisitic prowess is welcome to come see how we can help. Some talented folks are making waves here. Every Thursday at 7:30 pm during the school year.