Today we have our first official Nile Project concert in Aswan at the Cultural Palace. We’ve been rehearsing 8 hours a day, learning backing vocal parts in 6 languages, writing songs, finding new tunings for all our instruments, understanding entirely different approaches to improvisation. This residency has been deep musical expansion time. I can’t wait to see how it all trickles into everything that we make and do.
It’s been blowing my mind to see all these ways of understanding sound trying to come into conversation with one another. I think the most beautiful part of it is how eager everyone here is to listen. To listen with kindness. Think about it. Imagine you are sitting with a friend, and you are having a conversation with them, and they are truly present with you. Doesn’t it change what you say? Cant you say more to them? This happens musically too. When you have ears that are listening with kindness, you also sing differently, play differently, with more of yourself.
For audiences, this means that you have immense power! You are the shape of the bowl that the sound pours into….. You influence musicians, and change the course of a show. I dont know if people know this. Maybe I knew it at one level, but it’s deeper now. Onwards to tonights show!!!!
Look out! I’m finally releasing my second full length solo album this March, titled We Are Alive. It’s been an amazing process, writing eleven original songs, interpreting an Ethiopian classic and an 80s classic and its finally ready for YOU!
We’re doing a PledgeMusic campaign, launched just a few days ago to build this record RIGHT. The theme of the album is simple, as hard as it gets, and as sweet as it gets, We Are Alive. This is not some come-and-go release. No, no, no. It feels like the biggest thing I’ve ever made, and I’m sooooooo proud of how it turned out. Yes indeed.
Unlike other pledge campaigns, the campaign is not so much about raising the funds to record. That’s done. Instead, we are looking to build m-o-m-e-m-t-u-m!!! We’re gathering friends from different corners of our lives, all the folks we’ve met along the way, all the fans who’ve been in our audiences, all the listeners who’ve found us online….. That way, we can tell the world that there’s a tide of supporters out there. Bigger than they realized, and groooooooooowing.
So if you were planning on buying the release at some point, do it now!!!!! You are part of this crazy journey. May the music fly!!!
And sometimes spreading the word is the best thing you can possibly do. Share away, my dear ones!
Oh, and I was just on the ted blog too…. http://blog.ted.com/2014/01/17/celebrating-the-cultural-in-between-fellows-friday-with-musician-meklit-hadero
With deepest thanks for your support!
Hey friends! It’s a new year, with new songs, and you know what that means….. The road is calling!
We’re headed East for a WinterTime tour spreading songs from the snow country to the white sand land. NY, Pittsburgh, New Haven, Burlington, Portland ME, Portsmouth NH, Arlington, Raleigh, Savannah, Miami, and Sarasota. OOooOOooOOoo yes. Cant wait!
See you there for some good music nights.