string(10417) " 1432919486 <![CDATA[Playing For Change Foundation RSS Feed]]> {path='news'} The News RSS Feed for Playing for Change Foundation. en-us Copyright 2015 2015-05-29T00:31:25+00:00 M00o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 2015-05-28T23:31:25+00:00 M20o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Meet Utsav Nepal. He has been blind since birth. We met at the Early Rehabilitation Center in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he expressed his deep desire to someday play music in a band. He said he learned guitar and sings songs but never had the opportunity to perform with others. “This is my biggest dream,” Utsav says.
Utsav has a kind heart and a sweet spirit. It was indeed our pleasure to help make his dream come true. Music heals!

M40o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr On Saturday, April 11th of this year our small yoga center held an art show in the yoga room. The space was full of the landscape paintings of our student and friend Lynn Mehta. For a long time I had known of her reputation as an award-winning en plein air artist and had been to several local shows of Lynn’s work.
In fact we once had a field trip to a large show of her superior art in Washington, D.C. The buffet of Indian food, chai and snacks is part of the appeal and evidence of Lynn and her husband Taj’s generosity.

M60o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr In June of 2013, a collection of teachers, students, former students, and parents from Moorlands Elementary School in Kenmore Washington came together to present “With My Own Two Hands - A Musical Celebration of Peace and Community.” The evening was inspired by the “Playing for Change” movement and featured everything from a student choir to a high school rock band. It was an uplifting evening of music that inspired some of the performers to look for more opportunities to create a little “peace through music.”

M80o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The women in the Mother’s Society in Tintale Village have banded together to protect the rights of women and girls in Nepal. In the short film TO BRING THE CHANGE, PFCF administrator Shyam Basnet discusses a number of the challenges women and girls face each day. Dedicated members of the Mother’s Society travel the region to introduce issues of human trafficking, gender equality, and women’s rights with a focus on social justice - through the creative use of song, dance and dramatic reenactments. They are working towards social and economic empowerment of women and children. Because of this vital effort, many women in the region are now capable of raising their voice, more girls are attending school, and women are becoming more independent economically.

M100o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Since our first trip to Nepal to film and record musicians nearly ten years ago, we have been privileged to experience the profound beauty of the Nepali people and culture—they are among the most welcoming, kind and generous people in the world. They are family. In recent days, we have joined you and the global community to send our love and thoughts to the people of Nepal. We have been anxious to hear from many treasured members of the Playing For Change family in the wake of the devastating earthquake. With two PFC Foundation music programs located in the hardest-hit areas in and around Kathmandu, we are elated and deeply grateful to let you know that the students, teachers, musicians and staff have survived…

M120o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr With one of the biggest lineups in recent years showcasing a diverse range of international superstars and bluesfest veterans - there was indeed a unifying spirit in the air. The Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premiere Blues & Roots Music Festival with more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists. In addition to seven all weather performance stages, there are licensed bars, undercover food courts, food and market stalls. The Bluesfest has consistently grown in popularity over the years and now over 100,000 tickets are sold annually to the 5-day event.

M140o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr “Music education matters.” We heard this message loud and clear in the outpouring of support and enthusiatic participation from the Playing For Change community last month. While celebrating Music In Our Schools Month in March, many PFCF students, teachers, parents, community members, and supporters experienced the joy of learning and sharing music, and took action to be part of the positive change it can make. We’re excited to share some highlights with you…

M160o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Want to see something really special? Two of our Asian Music programs have made a milestone classroom connection via Skype. The Khlong Toey Music program in Thailand and the Musica Music Institute in Nepal have come together to share their love of music and of our PFCF programs via a large-screen, real-time internet connection. Check out this video from their special day and listen as the students perform their favorite song together: “Stand By Me”!

M180o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr PFCF music student, Guem, lives in Mali’s capital city of Bamako and travels 30 kilometers by bus to attend classes at École de Musique de Kirina. Meet his friends, follow him on his journey to the music school, and see how studying music has changed his life.