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
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 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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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