**Our goal of 2,750 covers minimum costs to make this project possible. However, the ideal goal of fundraising is to total 3,750 to fund the ideal quality of the project. A project with this many different voices benefits from more studio time and energy from the producer. We will make a Spirit Sounds CD with what we have - but your donations help shape the sound.**
WHAT? Spirit Sounds: A Collaboration of Inter-Faithful Musicians is a 12 track CD and Interfaith Concert of original inter-religious music from Atlanta, Georgia. Once completed, all CD tracks will be freely downloadable to all. The Concert will serve as a fundraiser for the Clarkston Community Center, a non-profit that offers community programming in Clarkston and DeKalb. We are specifically funding a performance art program for refugee youth (http://clarkstoncommunitycenter.org/aboutus).
WHO? All musicians have significance religious and spiritual exploration partnered with an investment in music and the arts. Artists commit to collaborating on song composition and instrumental accompaniment with members of different faiths to jointly express religious commitment and struggles; connect with history and tradition; utilize faith-based musical style; channel spiritual energy; and address concerns of modern religious challenges and questions. We are all students, alumni, staff or faculty at Emory University. Participating members include guitarists, vocalists, keyboardists, pianists, drummers, and lyricists of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Baha'i and Atheist identities and backgrounds.
WHY? This project was inspired by President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which stresses the importance of religious collaboration to develop understanding and relationships across traditions. All religions, through various practices, use music to unite with a greater whole, and Spirit Sounds has the potential to create a dialogue of common experience and raise up individuals within the context of their tradition. Our deepest wish is that this project will be a national example of how music, reflection, spirit, education, and creativity can cultivate beauty, peace and loving friendship.
MUSIC? You can listen to a few of our demos at http://www.arielrootwolpe.com/spiritsounds.cfm
WHEN? The project will culminate in an Interfaith Concert on Thursday, April 19, 7:00 at Cannon Chapel in Emory University
MONEY? The CD will be produced by Will Robertson, a graduate of Berklee School of Music and Synagogue Chorus Director of Congregation Bet Haverim. And we need to pay him for his valuable time! Donations will also go to ordering CDs and concert costs.
So please contribute, whatever you can makes a difference. Thank you for your good wishes and donations!
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