Bonjour mes amis,
Como ca va? How is your spirit? I am well and fueled with fire from this perpetual adventure. The nomad journey continues this week as I make my way to Australia to tour with my Tuareg brother, Bombino! We will be performing throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania and then we’ll travel to Niger, Africa to play a couple concerts and visit Bombino’s homeland. This will be my first trip Down Under and to the Sahara and Sahel Desert and I am beyond excited! The tour will end with a week of shows in Europe. Will you be abroad? We’ll be back in the States this May and July. Come join the caravan, tour details here.
It was 2011 in Tel Aviv when I was working with Heartbeat that I was first introduced to Bombino's music. My musical lineage from working with the Palestinian and Israeli youth musicians to touring with Oumara "Bombino" Moctar became a natural progression. I continue to work with Heartbeat developing our global initiatives, touring, and diplomacy. I am thrilled to announce that Heartbeat will be touring the USA Feb. 21-March 20!! Friends of all faiths, ideologies, political beliefs- I highly recommend catching a performance! More info below and Heartbeat tour details here.
Heartbeat returns to tour the USA Feb. 21-March 20!! Bringing their powerful sounds and messages of equality and cooperation, the Heartbeat youth musicians will travel from Boston to North Carolina, DC to Chicago for performances at universities, music venues, and congregations. The US tours have been transformative experiences with each concert offering a unique window into the lives of our courageous young artists. Interwoven throughout the concert program, the musicians share their experiences of growing up amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting their creative effort to build a better future as members of Heartbeat. We approach the conflict through a new lens, illuminated by the sounds of hope, co-creation, and our belief in the power of civil-society led change. This tour is about igniting the human spirit, reimagining the barriers that divide us, and coming together to advance dignity and freedom for all people. It has been a labor of love to produce this tour. Spread the good word!
Check out the Heartbeat US tour video:
Heartbeat US Tour
2.21 – Washington, DC – American University
2.24 – New York, NY – House Concert + Reception
2.26 – Philadelphia, PA – Temple University
2.28 – Plainfield, VT – Goddard College
3.2 – Amherst, MA – UMass Amherst
3.3 – Standish, ME – St. Joseph’s College of Maine
3.4 – Waterville, ME – Colby College
3.5 – Milton, MA – Curry College
3.7 – Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College
3.8 – Columbus, OH – Ohio State University
3.10 – Peoria, IL – Bradley University
3.11 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
3.14 – Rockford, IL – Rockford University
3.17 – Nashville, TN – West End United Methodist Church
3.17 – Nashville, TN – W.O Smith Music School
3.19 – Asheville, NC – University of North Carolina Asheville
3.20 – Salem, VA – Roanoke College
As war grips the Middle East and inequalities across racial and economic lines plague every community on earth, it becomes more and more essential that we band together. There is beautiful power in our voice, art, and action. Let us unite and amplify the silent majority of peace-seeking people around the globe. We're all in this thing together.