Bridges of Music

„Music is the common language of humanity“ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music reaches people where words fail. It can tear down walls and build bridges, open hearts and create new dialogues among the musicians themselves and their audiences. Between members of different cultures, religions, sexes and social groups, and among those who could see each other as nothing but foreigners – until they felt equally touched by the same music.

With her Bridges of Music as a project of the heart, the Berlin-based musician and composer Beatrix Becker introduces this idea to a world audience. In her works she combines such diverse styles as klezmer and tango, jazz and film music, in the search of new sounds and moods, in Buenos Aires and Switzerland, in Jerusalem and New York City. She also hosts meeting rooms with great musicians (such as Giora Feidman, Noah Hoffeld, Cora Venus Lunny).

„Music is the common language of humanity“ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music reaches people where words fail. It can tear down walls and build bridges, open hearts and create new dialogues among the musicians themselves and their audiences. Between members of different cultures, religions, sexes and social groups, and among those who could see each other as nothing but foreigners – until they felt equally touched by the same music.

With her Bridges of Music as a project of the heart, the Berlin-based musician and composer Beatrix Becker introduces this idea to a world audience. In her works she combines such diverse styles as klezmer and tango, jazz and film music, in the search of new sounds and moods, in Buenos Aires and Switzerland, in Jerusalem and New York City. She also hosts meeting rooms with great musicians (such as Giora Feidman, Noah Hoffeld, Cora Venus Lunny).

The idea

The more Beatrix Becker pursued this artistic path the more she became aware of how easy music connects different people especially in times when understanding is more necessary than ever. Bridges of Music launched an international concert in Istanbul shortly before the military coup in summer 2016. Since this formative experience Becker has committed deliberately to arguing the importance of communication through music.

Beatrix Becker is currently visiting Ambassadors and Cultural Commissioners in Berlin. She is explaining her ideas, asking questions, collecting impressions and gaining inspiration. She improvises a „thank you“ on the bass clarinet at the close of every meeting.

Step by step, she is organizing a concert series through the diplomatic missions – as a musical journey around the world. Wherever possible, she creates a concert-experience, together with artists from the various countries of origin. She is already planning a public event with as many international guests as possible

 

Five ways to build bridges

At the Moment, Beatrix Becker focuses on the following bridge building activities. If you want to learn more or feel that you can contribute, please don’t hesitate to contact her!

1. A local journey of the world
Building bridges by contacting embassies in Berlin and meeting ambassadors to create a concert tour through as many of the diplomatic missions as possible – a musical journey around the world, inside of Berlin, a city of 190 nations.

2. Bringing artists together
Building bridges by planning to bring guest musicians from as many countries as possible to Berlin – so far the network includes Swiss choir music, Pakistan tabla players, Palestinian classical musicians, Argentine tango dancers and many more

3. Celebrating diversity
Building bridges by inspiring musicians and audiences alike by the music they compose and play, paying tribute to their differences, celebrating diversity and discovering a common language

4. Networking for peace
Building bridges by reaching out to institutions like the ICD or the Daniel Barenboim Academy – proliferators of peace via cultural exchange

5. Establishing a platform
Building bridges by filming the whole process and working on a documentary that may inspire other musicians to take similar steps and become part of a platform, a network, a growing community of bridge builder

 

Partners and proceedings

Becker’s idea has been met with overwhelming resonance at an early stage. There are initial examples of cooperation in Berlin and abroad. At the same time, discussions are being held with other organizations and sponsors, who support the cinematographic documentation of the project with network and capital and co-finance travel expenses, fees, technology and advertising for major events.

In the medium term, Bridges of Music is to become a peaceful platform for musical understanding. With regular concerts at home and abroad, joint CD projects and reports from other cultures and social contexts, with love for music, diversity and humanity beyond all differences.

Previous cooperation partners include:
U.S. Embassy, German Mission in the United States, German Embassy London, visitBerlin

Current talks include:
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of Estonia, South African Embassy, New Zealand Embassy, Embassy of Austria, German Embassy Dublin, Goethe-Institute Milan, Society for Macedonian German friendship, Daniel Barenboim-Said Academy, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Information and contact:
Beatrix Becker | +49 (0) 152 53762714 | info@beatrix-becker.de | www.beatrix-becker.de

 

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