The complex and difficult situation in Colombia that began with protests on April 28th inspired artists to come together virtually and unite in solidarity, using cultural music and art to heal. Half of each ticket went to local NGOs in Colombia to support their social work around the country - Dejusticia, Afros Unidos, and Temblores. Live paintings by Josue Soriano y Lexi Hilderman were auctioned to collect monetary funds for the each NGO. For this event, artists gathered from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Canada, and USA.
Asian Community - Music Healing
Event goals were to process, heal, and share stories through music and art in the face of ongoing hate crimes, discrimination, and racism against Asian communities across North America.
Workshop Facilitator: Flory Huang (The Rested Revolution). Musicians: Gisun, Amanda Sum, Anh Phung, Kristin Fung Poets: Christie Wong & Joyce Jodie Special Guest Speaker: Sara Yacobi Harris - Founder of No Silence on Race - artist, filmmaker, media professional and community organizer. Her work focuses on equity, inclusion and anti-racism strategy and policy implementation.
Gisun put together a cover of the song Gracias a la Vida with the following vocalists - Sans Soucis, Joy Morales, Ada Lea, Bianca Muñiz, and Luz Pinos; as well as guitarists Stephen Orr & Alper Tuzcu.
The idea behind this global project is to shine light on the gratitude for life during a difficult time with all that this year has brought. We are raising awareness & funds for the healing power of music and donating the proceeds of the song to Music Heals. To support with covering the costs of this project, please click here. Thank you!
Gracias a la Vida Project
One Reason Recordings + Children's
Gisun's song Suspiras was selected to be part of One Reason Recordings' album "A Bear, A Child, And A Red Balloon." The compilation was used for One Reason Recordings' Miracles Campaign Album, benefiting the Children's Medical Centre in Dallas, Texas. The campaign raised over $6,200 in monetary and gift donations for the Center.
Speak For Music
Speak for Music (SFM) is a spoken word poetry project that aims to develop English skills through a creative medium. SFM was founded by Gianni and Giselle, Master students at Berklee College of Music Valencia, and Catalina Millán, a local language professor, DJ & poet.
SFM worked with high school students at Escuelas Pias Malvarrosa. Students composed original spoken word pieces, coached by visiting slam poets. Once the compositions were complete, the students visited recordings studios at the Berklee Valencia Campus.
Here, they learned about technology and recorded their pieces. The final product amounts to an album with each spoken word piece scored by Berklee musicians.
Music Workshop at SideDoor Resource Centre for Youth in Yellowknife - Hosted by Justin Nozuka
A collaboration with SideDoor, a youth resource centre providing housing and lifestyle development to youths around Yellowknife. Giselle coordinated this community engagement effort for a songwriting workshop as well as Nozuka's performance with youth at Folk On The