On tour w/ Bombino, the Heartbeat movement, & Pete Seeger

Bonjour mes amis,

As I board a plane to Savannah, GA, I begin another wild adventure with Bombino! We are kicking off a month long American tour at the Savannah Music Festival tomorrow night. After Georgia, we'll travel around the country, playing some far out shows at Coachella, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, along the west coast, deep south, Colorado, Austin, Vegas, and BC. I'll be joining the band on guitar, harp, calabash, and tour managing our journey. Looking forward to rocking the sound of the desert and seeing friends along the way! Check out the full tour dates. What a trip! This has been a beautiful year so far. See below for an update on the Heartbeat tour, Congress, and Pete Seeger tribute. Love you all -Avi Wylder

Bombino & Wylder w/ Junior Marvin from Bob Marley & the Wailers in DC, Dec. 3, 2013

Never a dull moment... I just finished an incredible tour with Heartbeat, the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community. The tour took us from Maine to DC, culminating with our briefing and performance at the U.S. Congress. We're calling on Washington to support people to people diplomacy in aim of creating a lasting and just peace in Israel and Palestine. Heartbeat's making waves to build trust and transform the conflict fom the ground up. It's happening! From person to person, community to community, it's growing! Check out the feature story on CBS.

In a time when fear, violence, and authoritarianism dominate the narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Heartbeat is breaking through to raise the voices of the silent majority who yearn for a safe and equitable future. Mazad mazad! (more to come)

I am working on bringing the ensemble back to the States next Feb-March. Send me a line if you would like to bring Heartbeat to your community.

Heartbeat at Congress, March 11, 2014

Heartbeat at Middlebury College, Feb. 28, 2014

While back in Cambridge for a couple weeks, the Wylders paid homage to the legendary Pete Seeger at Club Passim. Pete lived the power of a song and mobilized people around the globe through singing together. I am grateful for his life's work and the time we got to spend together. He is one of our greatest inspirations.

Somos el barco, somos el mar, yo navego en ti, tu navegas en mi.
We are the boat, we are the sea, I sail in you, you sail in me.



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