THE LIFE OF MUSIC AND THE MUSIC OF LIFE
As we continue to overview MuHa 2011, I shall mention Kaby Vedala music video and September 11 concert. All the developments of the video production were covered earlier in this blog here, here and here. The end result from BrettMetal Films – ’a beautiful tribute to a terrible event ‘ (Skinder Hundal) – is perhaps the best way I could have shown my response; promote beauty of life, peace, and stay away from any aggression .
It was a painful project for me personally on physical and emotional levels from the first freezing shooting day and ending with September 11 concert. I have chosen to speak up about my 9/11 American experience to the MuHa audience, media and friends. Though 10 years later in England this topic did generate some interest and we managed to get a bit of media coverage of our project, I felt it was not something English people were too passionate to commemorate. Understandingly, 10 years after- 9/11 events are not more than a history that affected the world of today in various, mostly non positive ways. Besides, America with its foreign policies is not a very popular country here in the UK among free thinking educated people.
Nevertheless, ’ 9/11 UK community ‘ commemorated the anniversary with a usual passion. Through this project I was lucky to meet Rob Halligan – musician, broadcaster fro Coventry who, like myself, lost his father in 9/11. He and his family welcomed me in his house and we talked about 9/11 and music in his radio show.
September 11 Concert at Nottingham contemporary Caffe Bar happened to be more of MuHa’s family and friends community support event rather than a big scale commemoration event I initially hoped for. Looking back at it however , I am happy it happened this way. It was great to see close friends and friends of a friends supporting the event. I am very happy to say special thanks to Manushi Dance Company lead by a beautiful woman Vina Ladwa; Ling Peng with her amazing Erhu playing; Abel Chaude on clarinet; Richard Kensington on percussion; Emma Mario organizing fundraising; Ste Alan for booking us such a beautiful venue; Steve Barnet for a great sound; photographer Robert Balmer and all the people who came and helped us to raise money for the War Child charity.
It was an amazing experience to work with all the people who were involved in one way or another, but to be completely honest, I am happy the project is over and we can concentrate on our future collaborations, including animation project with Chinese studio…. oops… not to spoil the surprise- will leave it to 2012!