COVID-19 changed almost everything for our band. Like so many people, in a matter of moments, our calendars that had been filled with tours, recording sessions, and teaching opportunities were erased, and all events indefinitely postponed.
We say COVID changed “almost” everything, because the pandemic put to the test our band’s fundamental belief that people are born into a certain time and place with unique gifts, talents, and abilities. We have taught this principle for many years in classrooms, on stages, and (to the best of our ability) with our actions.
With that in mind, we pivoted with the aim to rise to the significant challenges in front of us.
From assemblies, to concerts, to creating the first AMA Virtual World Tour, our band has recognized our mission has changed, but it is not done.
We work every day to reach people in virtual capacities, and in spite of the many challenges, to do it joyfully.
My band was honored to have been invited to participate in Indonesia Cultural Week 2020. The theme of this virtual arts festival was “Cultural Resilience.” How does music find ways to thrive even with the challenges before us?
I wrote and directed this piece that’ll give you a deep look at what cultural resilience means to me. Thank you for watching. As always, leave me a note, and share with a friend.
Check it out! I recently had the opportunity to be a part of this collaboration with the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. These musicians from Malaysia and the United States joined together to create a powerful anthem.