USING MUSIC PARTICIPATION FOR SPIRITUAL UPLIFT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

  • Alive Inside, a documentary about how music can be used to helping enliven sufferers of dementia and Altzheimers


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  • Mocedades - Eres Tú (Sinfónico En Vivo)



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  • Dear Readers: under "music participation" as per this thread, I would include singing as one of the most personal ways of expressing emotions. While instruments such as the cello are held very close to the body, thus one always feels the vibrations that the cello produces, the voice itself is the most immediate. Ideally, one would sing songs which are meaningful for oneself, and for HEALING. So singing ones own songs would be the best method. This is my experience. But for those who are not into composing or writing, one can of course sing songs that others have provided. Here is an album of my songs that I have recently published. In the hope that these may provide solace an uplift all those who hear them, and all those who sing along.


    Music Album: SONGS FOR THE ERA OF LIGHT AND LIFE

    https://rjspirit100.bandcamp.c…the-era-of-light-and-life



  • https://rtd.rt.com/films/dangerous-music/ - 27' Documentary


    Dangerous Music

    Reviving traditional Afghan music in spite of terror threats


    Years of war and Islamic extremism have left their mark on Afghanistan’s traditional music culture. Though the Taliban was driven from power some 15 years ago, a generation was “brainwashed” into believing music was sinful and against Islam. Now, one school is trying to plant the seeds of rebirth for Afghanistan’s musical heritage, despite stiff resistance from conservative elements in society, which often leads to inter-family conflicts, death threats, and sometimes even acts of terrorism.


    When Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast returned to Afghanistan after the Taliban’s ouster, he found the country’s once thriving music scene in ruins, without even one orchestra capable of playing the Afghan national anthem. In an attempt to rebuild it, he turned to society’s youngest and most needy members: its children. Since 1988, there hadn’t been a school in Afghanistan dedicated to teaching children, and education in the country, especially for girls, was minimal, at best. Dr. Sarmast founded the National Music Institute of Afghanistan to transform the lives of Afghan children for the better through the study of music and ensure that the country does not lose its unique musical identity.


    Related: Music helps Palestinian children get through the devastation of war


    The project has now borne some impressive fruit. We’ll meet young Murtaza, who fell in love with the tabla on his first day of school, and sells plastic bags on the streets in the evening to support his family. Then there’s Wahid, who came to the school from the streets as a young boy and is now on the verge of graduating as an accomplished musician. He hopes to start his own music school one day to help people as he was helped. There’s also Negin, whose father split with his family, which objected to educating girls, and moved to Kabul so his daughter could study. She may be the country’s first female conductor someday and dreams of founding a national orchestra.


    Though each has faced their own hardships to attend the school, their musical success has made them optimistic, enthusiastic, and ambitious – and none is willing to give up.

  • Amazing young violinist who is not only brilliant in her own right, but who is also capable of blending with and working with an entire orchestra at the age of 11, showing extreme depths of emotion: Chloe Chua from Singapore who won the 2018 Yehudi Competition.

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  • Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion

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