In 2014 & 2015, Sayak traveled several times to Kabul, Afghanistan to teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and work with young people mostly from AFCECO, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization. Sayak taught and shared his traditional North Indian music, collaborating with other musicians, young and old. Sayak conveyed his sense of urgency for cultural arts exchange in Afghanistan. In his own words, “This period of Afghanistan is very crucial and tender as presidential election results will be out very soon, and the future of the country will be made. But what has been most striking is to see is the amount of raw talent and sincerity among the young people. This period is very crucial, as it will determine which path the country chooses for itself.” Enjoy this video of the performance.
Istanbul Portrait: Jinda Kanjo
Jinda Kanjo is a vocalist originally from Kobanî, Syria and currently living in Mersin, Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Jinda led a workshop with displaced children from Syria, in partnership with Small Projects Istanbul. “I have been playing music since i was a child. I loved music so much, but also I wanted to study. Back then, I wanted to do something with my life. I completed primary education. I entered Conservatory and wanted to graduate from there. Then we came here (Mersin, Turkey). We fled because of the war. I couldn’t do anything about it. I could not finish my studies. The world’s common language is music. I think that children who are familiar with music and those who do not know music are not the same. Music creates a balance, a humbleness in their souls. By humbleness, i mean that music improves them. It broadens their horizons, it brings them to […]
Daniel Limaverde Portrait
Daniel Limaverde is a Rio De Janeiro-based producer and composer. “The nature of electronic music comes from studio work — it’s not meant to be a performance, and that’s the challenge of right now. We are just like a bunch of fake VJs and fake DJs because everyone just presses play. Once in awhile you can create some interactive stuff. Eventually technology will catch up on that, and we’ll have some kind of interface, but right now we don’t have it. If you want to be an artist, with your name on it, you have to perform. That’s the main revenue of your living. I have to create a music that is doable live – but i don’t want to create something that is just, “press play.” Because i don’t feel comfortable doing that, like looking at a screen. When you go to a piano concert, you can choose to […]