09/07 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM - $25.00
Trade Winds: 21 Brand New Bands – 21 Improvised Compositions – 30 Musicians from 20 Countries
Trade Winds is a series of improvised music collaborations that travel along the historic trade routes, exploring the history and evolution of music. The project aims to reveal the cultural and musical footprint that was made by the transatlantic trade route while creating a new model for music making in our globalized society — unlocking the power of connecting a collective of musicians from around the world.
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.
On September 7th, Matt will have his Trade Winds kick off concert at the Iridium closing a Kick Starter fundraiser to accomplish the first part of their trip to the Caribbean.
Leaving its New York base in October, Trade Winds will take to the road on a exploration of the origins, legacy and future of World Music. “This project takes the improvised music collaborations to the homes and town squares of the musicians who gave so much to our New York City series,” Geraghty said.
Followed by documentary filmmaker Laura Newman, Geraghty will create 21 improvised sessions in each region and release video highlights online for the public to be able to follow in real time.
The team will travel to West Africa, East Coast of Brazil, Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica) with one purpose, to reveal and connect a musical thread with common roots of rhythm and musical language.
Geraghty leads the sessions on bass joined by local premier instrumentalists and vocalists in coastal cities, exposing local talent to an international audience.
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.
To learn more about the project, its future plans and how to become part of this worldwide creative endeavor please visit http://mgptradewinds.com.
Matt Geraghty (Creator): http://www.mattgeraghty.com/
Laura Newman (Film Director): http://irreverentfilms.com/
Zé Luis. (Executive Producer): www.zeluis.com
Thomaz de Castro (Producer/Advisor): The Iridium