We are excited to announce 21: Trade Winds an international music project building a bridge between Cuba and the Americas.
Trade Winds Cuba is a powerful journey into the cultural evolution of music through improvised collaborations. Created by bassist and composer Matt Geraghty this web series brings together top Cuban musicians to improvise spontaneous compositions, documented by filmmaker Laura Newman and professionally recorded by sound engineer and musician Zé Luis.
To date over 200 musicians and supporters have helped create a new platform for music in New York, New Orleans and San Juan, coastal cities that have been cross sections of culture, trade and the evolution of sound over the past several hundred years. Cuba is one stop within the larger project of Trade Winds, which plans to create collectives of musicians along the historic trading routes between the U.S., Caribbean, Brazil and West Africa.
Matt and his team will travel deep into the heart of Cuba this June to film collaborations with musicians, capturing their story and seeking to reveal a musical thread with common roots of rhythm and musical language.
The public will be able to follow the adventure in our 21 videos, featuring a new improvised song by a diverse group of up and coming and established artists/musicians on the Havana scene.
Risks and challenges
Getting musicians together to improvise around the world while documenting these collaborations is inherently risky. We are pushing musicians in new creative ways and inviting them to collaborate on a global stage. The fact that we don't know precisely how the music will be created and played is risky. They are not allowed to talk about the music. But it is just this risk that also demands that artists dig deep and reveal their authentic musical self.
Showing up to a foreign city without knowing anyone, and assembling over 40 musicians to partake in your work, has its scheduling challenges. There are cross cultural concerns in terms of developing trust from the musicians that you have positive intentions and integrity for the ultimate use of the music.
This requires that the trust that you've developed with the over 200 musicians and supporters in each city is treated with care and respect. The biggest challenges can be navigated if you get back to the core purpose of Trade Winds: to lift up and create a new platform for musicians to get their voice heard.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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