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International Tour of Music Collaborations Seeks to Reveal Common Roots of African, Brazilian, Colombian, Caribbean and American music.
International Tour of Music Collaborations Seeks to Reveal Common Roots of African, Brazilian, Colombian, Caribbean and American music.
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The Story

The common roots of music between Africa and the Americas is vastly analyzed in books but rarely is it expressed in the bold form of its own language. Bassist and Composer Matt Geraghty with his new international music collaboration and video project 'Trade Winds' aims to reveal exactly that.

Matt and his team will travel deep into the heart of coastal cities along the triangle trade route of West Africa, East Coast of Brazil, Caribbean and the US to film collaborations with musicians, capture their story and seek to reveal a musical thread with common roots of rhythm and musical language.

Followed by documentary filmmaker Laura Newman, Geraghty will create 21 improvised sessions and release video highlights online for the public to be able to follow in real time.

Geraghty leads the sessions on bass joined by local premier instrumentalists and vocalists in coastal cities, exposing local talent to an international audience.

The Journey: Part 1
October 1st -15th

  • New Orleans
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica

The Roots

Trade Winds comes on the heels of an ambitious project Matt recently completed called 21 — The 21 video series showcased over 43 musicians from 20 countries.

"The sessions were magical because we were able to craft incredible compositions across cultures and languages within an hour, even though most of us hadn't even met before," remarks Matt.

The Rules

The two rules for each 21 session:

1) The musicians were not allowed to speak about the music.

2) The musicians were to create and improvised composition.

"Through this model we were able to create some very powerful spontaneous improvised compositions," says Geraghty.

The Route

Everyone involved was so inspired by this concept, a new vision arose to expand on this model — to go to the historical ports and hubs of trading in Africa, Brazil and Caribbean and work with local musicians to unearth the common roots of music there.

"Trade Winds will be doing the road back where the migrations were before", says project Executive Producer Zé Luis.

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. But it is just this risk that also demands that artists dig deep and reveal their authentic musical self.

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    Trade Winds T-Shirt:
    Beautifully designed t-shirt with the Trade Winds logo showing you supported a revolution in the global music scene. +Digital Download

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    Skype Thank you from the road. Skype Thank you from the road - We'll call you from the road during one of our sessions and thank you personally. + Tradewinds Kick off concert on 9/7 ticket and Digital Download

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    VIP Concert Tickets. Get the best seat in the house for our Trade Winds Finale return concert in December at a major NYC venue, featuring musicians from Trade Winds and 21.

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    Producer Credit. Your name will be prominently displayed as the producer of one of our 21 videos in a city of your choice.

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    Composition. Inspired from the Trade Wind travels, Matt will write and record a composition personally for you. Audio recording and framed sheet music included in package.

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    VIP Package. Private Concert + 2 VIP tickets to the Trade Winds Return Finale Concert in December 2014. concert, T-shirt, Postcard from the road and Digital Download

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