BEYONDMUSIC

Past Project

Beyond Music Vol. 1

Our journey

We began as a virtual platform to connect musicians, singers, composers and songwriters from all over the world. 450 artists from different cultures, genres and backgrounds registered. For the Beyond Music Project, the artists were encouraged to look for collaboration partners via the network and to jointly develop new songs or instrumental pieces. For their submissions they were richly rewarded: 4 Creativity Awards, 3 Public Awards and 23 artist invitations to the album recordings in France were granted.

Experience

The submissions were thematically based on the ideas of love, compassion and empathy, and symbolize "an axe for the frozen sea inside of us," as Franz Kafka put it. This was the artistic challenge of the first Beyond Music Project. 110 new collaborations were submitted. With the help of legendary producer and Grammy award winner Larry Klein, 10 songs were chosen for the first album.

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Honoring Creativity

In addition to the 23 musicians being selected for the album recordings of the Beyond Music Project, the Beyond Foundation also honored 4 outstanding collaborative works with the Creativity Award. Each award was endowed with 4,000 USD for the team. “We have honored compositions that have explored cultural diversity in a unique way and creatively united it” says Regula Curti, Founder of Beyond Music and Beyond Foundation.

All Creativity Award Winners

Winning Songs

Water

In this song, water is a metaphor for the emotional connection between people which can bridge cultures and cross borders.

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • World
  • Singer
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Organ electric
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Gambus
  • Harp
  • Tambura
  • Djembe
  • Dombak
  • Drum set
  • Flute
  • Congo
  • Kazakhstan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

“This song immediately had an impact on me! Aside from the lyrics being so pertinent in this time and well-crafted, the syllabic correlation between melody and lyric is very elegant. The music of the song is well matched to the lyric, and Sheryl Gambo is a wonderful vocalist. Edward Glumov and Sandro Friedrich have done great work on the track as well, and I’m looking forward to working with all and the great “house” band that we will have."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Eduard Glumov Composed, produced, programmed, recorded, mixed and mastered, background vocals +
    Eduard Glumov

    I was born, learned to play music and to write songs. Still doing it... Songwriting, composing, programming, singing, recording, producing, mixing.

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  • Sheryl Gambo Vocals, Mboshi lyrics +
    Sheryl Gambo

    With one sensitivity and an overwhelming emotional power voice, Sheryl Gambo was a finalist of the French International Radio’s discovery Award (2008’s edition), 5 times golden drum of Congolese music. She also won the Creativity Award and the only Public Award at the 1st edition of Beyond Music with the song Water which she performed. With several collaborations to his credit, she released 3 albums including the last, O'kerah in 2016, tribute to his twins older (dead), refers to powers and the mystical attributed to the twins in Congolese tradition. Sheryl developed an eclectic and authentic style, NEW AFRO SOUL, against the grain of the current musical landscape. She explains that his style is restoration of natural bridges between the African cultural heritage with African-American, Caribbean diasporas, Latin and elsewhere. She pleasantly blends melodies from African traditions with Jazzy arrangements, Soul, RnB and HIP HOP, singing in congolese languages, french and english.

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  • Kate Northrop Lyrics +
    Kate Northrop

    I'm an American songwriter based in Switzerland who works primarily as a lyricist with co-writers from all over the world. I have songs signed to major labels and publishers (Universal Germany, EMI South Africa, etc). I've had songs in the Swiss and German pop charts. As a lyricist, my goal is creative collaboration with others, and my strength lies in feeling my way into the music and writing words to speak from the soul of it. I write across many genres, from folk and indie-rock to pop and EDM to symphonic metal. More info about my work as a lyricist at www.songwave.ch . I also play and compose for the Celtic harp. You'll find several of my original compositions on the profile, with my husband Sandro Friedrich playing flutes and percussion.

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  • Sandro Friedrich Flutes +
    Sandro Friedrich

    As a composer, performer and studio musician I play a spectrum of over 200 different wind instruments. I mostly work in the field of film music, game music and CD productions. I have recorded for numerous international films, video games and CDs with composers including Howard Shore, Mychael Danna, Atli Oervarsson, Shigeru Umebayashi, Tina Turner, Atli Orvarsson and many others. For over 40 years I have been working with instruments and music of many cultures. I have played in various bands and combinations, including Andreas Vollenweider's 2011 live band. I have performed as an orchestral soloist for presentations of film music at various international film festivals. As musician and composer I think my strength lies in the intensity and passion of my melodic lines, the power of rhythmic grooves and my ability to flexibly support diverse musical atmospheres. I love collaborating with musicians from all over the world!

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Further Acknowledgements

Creativity Award Public Award

Ma Ding Wo Avale One

This song (translation „I love you just the way you are“) is a mother's ode to her trisomic child. She tells her how much she loves her beyond her difference.

  • Jazz-Pop
  • Neo-Soul
  • R&B / Soul
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Cameroon
  • United States of America
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"This collaboration is illustrative of the power of joyous simplicity. It immediately connected with me. Danielle Eog Makedah has an amazingly inviting and appealing signature to her voice, and the work that John Lumpkin did on this song is very inspiring and appealing in it’s simplicity in framing Danielle’s voice."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Danielle Eog Makedah Singer - songwriter +
    Danielle Eog Makedah

    Nee en France au debut des annees 80, Danielle Eog est une artiste plurielle a la culture metisse. c'est a l'adolescence qu'elle decouvre l'Afrique et son pays le Cameroun. Ce retour vers la source de ses origines ancestrales a permis aussi a la jeune femme d'aller vers la connaissance de son etre profond et de son identite : CITOYENNE DE L'UNIVERS.. Ancienne choriste de Manu Dibango, Gino Sitson et LesNubians, elle est la porteuse d'une musique dont le but est de reconcilier le coeur et le corps sur un fond de soul et de jazz enrichi des langues de chez elle: Bassa,Bulu et Ewondo.

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  • John Lumpkin - +
    John Lumpkin

    Created to create, and forgiven to embrace.

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El Clavel del Aire

The song (translation “Carnation of the air”) talks about freedom, about that free spirit that we need to blossom and fulfil.

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal Percussion
  • Cuatro
  • Mbira / Sanza/ Thumb Piano
  • Percussion
  • Udu
  • Argentina
  • Tanzania
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"This collaboration between Mariana Baraj and Msafiri Zawose jumped out at me right away. The braiding together of Spanish, Swahili, and English feels very natural, as does the weaving together of stylistic elements from Africa, Argentina, as well as contemporary production ideas. It bridges these cultures effortlessly, and the singing is evocative and infectious."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Mariana Baraj Spanish lyrics and music, cuatro venezolano, bombo legüero (argentinian traditional drum), caxixis, udú drum, applause, shakers, seeds +
    Mariana Baraj

    Argentinian singer, percussionist, charango player, producer and composer. With nine albums recorded I am often invited to participate in the most well known music festivals around the world in countries such as, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Spain, México, United States, Senegal, Japan, South Korea, Palestine and Israel. Argentinian Gardel award winner in 2017 (Best Children music Album) 2016 and 2011 (Best Female Folklore Album); Clarín award winner 2005 (Folklore revelation) and 2017 Latin Grammys Nominated. I had developed my “Solo set performance”, becoming a referent in combining singing and percussion adding new elements to argentine folkloric music. Throughout my 25 years of career I have also developed an inclusive community artistic project with and for children.

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  • Msafiri Zawose Swahili and english lyrics, ilimba, voices +
    Msafiri Zawose

    Tanzania’s charismatic Gogo innovator Msafiri Zawose breaks open the circle of tradition, the flock of songs and tunes, beats and melodies his fellow musicians have relied on for generations. Jubilant voices dance over a broad palette of timbres like the buzzy bowed zeze. Swaying polyrhythms combine in tranced-out jams, only to shift into delicate filigree of malimba (thumb piano) and vocal counterpoint. It speaks to Msafiri’s simultaneous deep engagement with and playful reframing of tradition.

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Matumaini

The song tells a heartfelt story of hope. Through tough times and circumstances in life, receiving or giving love is the best way to prevail.

  • African
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Belgium
  • Cameroon
  • Cameroon
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"Another immediately alluring song, this track weds African elements as well as dialect with western harmonic elements seamlessly. Syssi Mananga has a beautiful character to her voice, and I am very excited to work with her as well as Brice Essomba, who wrote the music. A very sophisticated piece of music that doesn’t lose it’s simplicity and immediacy in spite of being quite a sophisticated piece of music."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Syssi Mananga Singer-songwriter +
    Syssi Mananga

    Multiple Award Winning singer-song writer, Syssi Mananga was revealed to the public with her first album "Retour aux Sources" (Back to Roots, 2013). With a fusion of musical styles at the crossroads of Kongo rhythms, jazz, soul, zouk and pop, the Congolese artist innovates with songs in Lingala, Lari, French, English and Spanish. Syssi’s songs reflect themes such as the pride for one’s origins, the absurdity of war through the eyes of a child soldier, the courage to stand for freedom, the need for respect for the environment, as well as love and forgiveness. Throughout her musical career, Syssi has had the opportunity to work with musicians from Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Cap Verde, Tanzania, Kenya, Soudan, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. She is always open to new musical collaborations and adventures!

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  • Brice Essomba Composer +
    Brice Essomba

    Je suis pianiste,je joue depuis mes 13 ans, j'ai fais l'american school of modern music de Paris pendant 1 ans ensuite j'ai eu à accompagner plusieurs artistes internationaux, aujourd'hui je suis arrangeur auteur compositeur interprète

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You Changed Me

This song tells us that no matter what differences we have or the distance between us, love holds us together.

  • Classical
  • Classic Rock
  • Piano
  • Cello
  • Harp
  • Violin
  • Cameroon
  • United States of America
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"Another example of the power of simplicity in music. Ingrid White’s voice kills me. A beautiful song that also, for me, strikes right to the heart of what we are talking about on this project. Change, and even more, the ability to change and evolve is the most basic element of growth and the transcending of the afflictive parts of our make-up as human beings. In the end, after all is said and done, there is nothing left but the love that is given and received. Everything else fades and disintegrates. Not wanting to get “preachy”, I do think that to communicate this idea, as the great Beatles did so eloquently, is the holy grail of songwriting, and these two talented women did it."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Ingrid White Singer, lyricist +
    Ingrid White

    I am a performing artist from Yaounde, Cameroon. I'm also a singer, composer and songwriter. My passion for music began when i was a child. Some great musicians like Angelic Kidjo,Alicia keys, Richard Bona, inspired my music career. This saw me doing back ups with a number of artists such as Emmanuel Djob from France, Queen Eteme from Cameroon, Grace Decca from Cameroon, Marya ade from Ivory Coast and Uche Agu from Nigeria. I also participated in a number of music contests such as Les femmes et les filles forte (2013) and the MTN Make The Music in Cameroon (2014). I won a performance at the 2015 BET Awards in the US but unfortunately couldn't travel due to some issues in my country. i lately participated at the Afrimusic Song Contest (2017), the first and biggest music competition platform celebrating and recognizing talented songwriters and musicians from across the African Continent. Where i came out second. I also participated in many concerts and festivals in my Country.

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  • Heather Bond Song writer +
    Heather Bond

    Hi there! I'm Heather Bond, a singer/songwriter from Nashville (USA). I am in the pop music scene, despite living in a predominately country music city. My favorite thing about Nashville is the collaboration aspect. I've been co-writing with different artists, producers, etc for years- and it's always an incredible experience. I am currently working on my second solo album with Producer Viktor Krauss. I also sing/write/play in a synth pop band called The Daybreaks. I am very grateful to be an artist here in the Beyond Music community and to have the opportunity to collaborate with people around the world! A dream come true.

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Saa’t Arahman

This piece is about a Yemenite wedding; the much too young bride sings it before her forced marriage. It is a painful dialogue between her and her father.

  • Flamenco
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Bass Drum
  • Bell
  • Darbuka
  • Dhol
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Israel
  • Spain
  • Yemen
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"This collaboration between Mor Karbasi and Moshe Elmakias is for me incredibly pertinent to the main thrust of the Beyond Foundation’s work. The setting of a Yemenite wedding, and the framing of intra-family conflict that must be resolved is a wonderful metaphor for dialog between cultures, countries and religions. Taking subjects like love, conflict, jealousy, selfishness etc from the macro perspective down to the micro-perspective of a family can be a very powerful tool to illustrate the idea that as human beings we must transcend tribal behavior in order to find the wealth of beauty that is available in cross-cultural collaboration."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Mor Karbasi Featured vocalist and producer +
    Mor Karbasi

    Born to a mother of Moroccan Sephardi heritage and a father of Persian ancestry, Jerusalem born singer, songwriter Mor Karbasi's music draws from exotic worldly sounds. Mor Karbasi burst onto the global music scene in 2008 with the release of her first album, and has continued to capture audiences internationally with her exceptional talent, stunning voice and her impressive stage presence. Mor’s first album ‘Beauty and the Sea’ (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Matt Howe and by multi-instrumentalist Joe Taylor) received rave reviews: she was immediately ranked alongside such globally renowned singers as Mariza and Estrella Morente – a splendid comparison, but one that does not describe her unique style of singing and compositions that breath new life into ancient languages: Spanish, Hebrew, Ladino and Moroccan Arabic. Mor has been performing worldwide, (Poland, UK, Spain, USA, Holland, Germany...), Recording and collaborating with the most exciting global artists today.

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  • Moshe Elmakias Arranger and pianist +
    Moshe Elmakias

    Moshe Elmakias (22) is a jazz pianist from Jerusalem, Israel. Moshe started playing classical piano at the age of 6, and throughout his youth took an interest in Jazz music. Moshe did his mandatory military service in the "Outstanding Musicians Program" while attending the Jerusalem Academy of Music for his bachelor's degree in jazz performance and graduated his B.A with honor. At the age of 19 he performed in Italy at the Umbria Jazz Festival (2016) and at the Red Sea Jazz Festival (2017) with an Israeli young jazz quartet. At the age of 21 he performed Poland (2017) with the world music singer Mor Karbasi, in Guatemala Jazz Festival (2018) and Uzbekistan with the Israeli drummer Yogev Shetrit, and in Austria, Czech, Russia and Finland (2018) with the Israeli bassist Tal Gamlieli. These days Moshe works with many musicians in Israel and plays many festivals and platforms around the world.

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Egyptian

This piece of music is the creative result of inspired minds from different countries, cultures and styles.

  • Arabic
  • Electronic
  • Funk
  • Fusion
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Armenia
  • Egypt
  • Russian Federation
  • Switzerland
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"I believe that this was the first collaboration that greatly impressed me! Although it melds together a number of musical traditions from different cultures, the braiding together of them is very natural. I was impressed with the episodic through-composed sections that alternate with the improvisational sections, and though being a long track, this undulation between specific structure and improvisation is compelling. Jivan Jr is a master duduk player who I have had the pleasure to work with before on an album for Madeleine Peyroux, and I am very impressed with Sasha Shlain’s keyboard skills and production ideas. The piece also incorporates the wonderful singing of Abdullah Alhussainy."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Sasha (Alexander) Shlain Composer, arranger, programmer, keyboards. +
    Sasha (Alexander) Shlain

    Professional composer and music producer with tremendous curiosity for everything connected to my professional areas .The fields of expertise are: classic music, classic orchestral music, jazz, rock, hip hop, middle eastern ethnic music, music for theater, electronic fusion, chill-out et.c. Always looking for new interesting collaborations and points to apply my skills... to make this world a happier place :-)

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  • Jivan Gasparyan Jr. Duduk +
    Jivan Gasparyan Jr.

    I am an Armenian musician that plays the Armenian woodwind called "duduk". I have learned the art of duduk from my grandfather and master world known musician Jivan Gasparyan. I have been playing for 20 years and collaborated with many great musicians, bands, orchestras from different cultures and styles. My collaborations with Jivan Gasparyan, Zucchero, Alan Parson, Larry Klein, Madeline Peroux, Sebu Simonian, London Philarmonic Orchestra, Armenian Youth State Orchestra, Serj Tankian, Andreas Voleinweider and with many more world known artists.I have won three important competitions. One in New York as a young musician that keeps and continues the tradition of duduk, one in Armenia as a best duduk player until my age, UNESCO special prize in Samarkand. I play duduk,zurna,recorder(shvi). Also I compose music and have two solo albums. Always looking for good ideas and collaborations. Jivanduduk.com is my web to check out more.

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  • Abdullah Alhussainy Singer +
    Abdullah Alhussainy

    Exploring this beautiful existence at every breath i take .. Looking inside me and around .. While experiencing, I express my intellectual and emotional reflections, with music.

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Further Acknowledgements

Creativity Award

Better Together

The song breaks borders and merges musical styles such as EDM, Hip Hop & Pop and emphasizes a message of unity.

  • Dance / EDM
  • Electronic
  • Fusion
  • Hip Hop / Rap
  • Pop
  • Vocal
  • Rapping
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Guitar
  • DJ setup
  • Sampler
  • Cameroon
  • Switzerland
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"This song by Ingrid White and Max Keller is a gem. Again, it strikes right to the heart of what is so valuable about collaboration across all of the imaginary and illusive boundaries that we think divide us. What seems scary and intimidating about collaboration is in fact only a mirage that our minds get caught in. In fact, whether it is between two people, or two cultures, collaboration is inspiring, energizing and takes us beyond the boundaries hat we set up for ourselves."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Max Keller Producer +
    Max Keller

    I’m a young guitarist and electronic music producer and DJ with a true passion for music. I’m always open to new ideas and to trying new styles of music! Send me a message and lets see where the music takes us!

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  • Ingrid White Vocalist & Songwriter +
    Ingrid White

    I am a performing artist from Yaounde, Cameroon. I'm also a singer, composer and songwriter. My passion for music began when i was a child. Some great musicians like Angelic Kidjo,Alicia keys, Richard Bona, inspired my music career. This saw me doing back ups with a number of artists such as Emmanuel Djob from France, Queen Eteme from Cameroon, Grace Decca from Cameroon, Marya ade from Ivory Coast and Uche Agu from Nigeria. I also participated in a number of music contests such as Les femmes et les filles forte (2013) and the MTN Make The Music in Cameroon (2014). I won a performance at the 2015 BET Awards in the US but unfortunately couldn't travel due to some issues in my country. i lately participated at the Afrimusic Song Contest (2017), the first and biggest music competition platform celebrating and recognizing talented songwriters and musicians from across the African Continent. Where i came out second. I also participated in many concerts and festivals in my Country.

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Your Heart Beats With Mine

This song tells us that when we embrace our differences, we can reach our full potential. The song title was changed to "Different, You and I" during the recordings.

  • Easy Listening
  • Indie Pop
  • Background vocals
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"This collaboration has a beautiful simplicity, and a character that I felt would bring a nice dimension to the album. The voices of Elly Kellner and Heather Bond (Heather's presence on a few songs here is emblematic of the depth of her talent, and her ability to go in many different areas musically, shining bright in all of them). Elly’s voice as a writer and vocalist had an immediate appeal to me as well. Two immensely talented women!"

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Heather Bond Melody, singer, lyrics, piano +
    Heather Bond

    Hi there! I'm Heather Bond, a singer/songwriter from Nashville (USA). I am in the pop music scene, despite living in a predominately country music city. My favorite thing about Nashville is the collaboration aspect. I've been co-writing with different artists, producers, etc for years- and it's always an incredible experience. I am currently working on my second solo album with Producer Viktor Krauss. I also sing/write/play in a synth pop band called The Daybreaks. I am very grateful to be an artist here in the Beyond Music community and to have the opportunity to collaborate with people around the world! A dream come true.

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  • Elly Kellner Singer, Lyrics, Guitar +
    Elly Kellner

    Creative, softhearted and receptive singer-songwriter from the Netherlands with Belgian roots. I play a 4-string guitar in special tuning, sometimes offering a dissonant siren but more often the gentle, warm whisper in your ear. I was part of the first Beyond Music project and had the pleasure to work with Larry Klein and record 'Same Sky' with so many wonderful musicians! In the past I also recorded and toured with Iain Matthews; Matthews Southern Comfort (UK) and went on tour with Shannon Lyon (CAN). Lyrically I try to go beyond existing taboo, into the core of my inner world, with the firm belief that there must be others who'll recognize the mutual experience and feel less alone as a result. When I am not making music I immerse myself in a variety of creative projects. I am self-taught with everything I create, both musically and creatively.

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Upon the Horizon

It is important is to remind each other that regardless of where we come from, we are still looking up at the same sky.

  • Easy Listening
  • Indie Pop
  • Background vocals
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
Larry Klein Artistic director
Judging

"This song hit me strongly right away. Simple and conversational language and Heather Bond’s beautiful and seductive voice grabs one right away, and Sasha Shlain’s keyboard work is inspired, fresh, spacious and most importantly not self consciously TRYING to do anything except to serve the lyric and to frame Heather’s voice in a simple and evocative manner."

About Larry Klein

Involved Winning Artists

  • Heather Bond Melody, singer, lyrics, piano +
    Heather Bond

    Hi there! I'm Heather Bond, a singer/songwriter from Nashville (USA). I am in the pop music scene, despite living in a predominately country music city. My favorite thing about Nashville is the collaboration aspect. I've been co-writing with different artists, producers, etc for years- and it's always an incredible experience. I am currently working on my second solo album with Producer Viktor Krauss. I also sing/write/play in a synth pop band called The Daybreaks. I am very grateful to be an artist here in the Beyond Music community and to have the opportunity to collaborate with people around the world! A dream come true.

    Read more
  • Sasha (Alexander) Shlain Production +
    Sasha (Alexander) Shlain

    Professional composer and music producer with tremendous curiosity for everything connected to my professional areas .The fields of expertise are: classic music, classic orchestral music, jazz, rock, hip hop, middle eastern ethnic music, music for theater, electronic fusion, chill-out et.c. Always looking for new interesting collaborations and points to apply my skills... to make this world a happier place :-)

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Additional winning artists

Apart from composing and infusing different genres, Beshar sings and plays guitar and Oud, with intensive experience in cross cultural music.
The violinist and composer experiences music as an incredible power to connect and unite people, despite differences in culture and beliefs.
Performing on the 21-string Mandinka Harp and the Turkish Oud, Kane renders compelling interpretations of these traditional musics.
Bijayashree is an Indian singer, songwriter, composer and graded artist of All India Radio known for her divine and clear singing style.

Judging

„In addition to the collaborators from submissions that we selected as the 10 pieces that we would record, we have invited four more musicians who were involved in other collaborations to join us in France. The reason for this is that they demonstrated distinctive and original musicality vocally or on instruments that we felt would be valuable to incorporate into the album overall, and that they would be very useful and compelling “wild card” musicians to have involved in the recording process.“

Larry Klein

Artistic Director

Recordings

The 23 winners met for 12 days at “La Fabrique”, one of the world's leading studios. “La Fabrique” is located in Saint-Rémy de Provence (south of France) in an old, beginning of the 19th century farm. The studio is right in the middle of one of the most impressive music collection in the world: 200,000 vinyls, 30,000 films and thousands of books. It features state of art equipment and acoustic spaces. The recordings took place under the guidance of multiple Grammy winning producer Larry Klein. Klein assembled an A-list studio band of all-star musicians including Dean Parks (Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Elton John, Madeleine Peyroux), Ed Harcourt (Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Manu Katché (Sting, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Dire Straits, Afro-Celt Sound System), Clive Deamer (Radiohead) and Dan Lutz (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Thomas Dybdahl, Jonathan Butler).

Studio Band

Adrian Utley
Guitar
Dean Parks
Guitar
Ed Harcourt
Keys
Manu Katché
Drums
Clive Deamer
Drums
Dan Lutz
Bass

Impressions

Album

23 artists from 17 countries have come together and developed deep friendships. The album is a human testimony to solidarity across borders and countries, born of open dialogue, innovative collaborations and respectful understanding. In addition to the 10 winning songs, three new community songs were developed and recorded in France. The artists named their album Same Sky. We all live under the same sky, no matter what cultural background we are from and what inequalities exist in our lives. “Same Sky is not only a musical experience, it is a human experience” says Danielle Eog Makedah, winner from Cameroon.

Tracks

  • 1 Water Eduard Glumov, Kate Northrop & Sheryl Gambo Play
  • 2 Ma Ding Wo Avale One Danielle Eog Makedah, John Lumpkin Play
  • 3 El clavel del aire Mariana Baraj, Msafiri Zawose Play
  • 4 Matumaini Syssi Mananga, Brice Essomba Play
  • 5 You Changed Me Ingrid White, Heather Bond Play
  • 6 Saat A'rahman Mor Karbasi, Moshe Elmakias Play
  • 7 Egyptian Sasha Shlain, Abdullah Alhussainy & Jivan Gasparyan Jr. Play
  • 8 Our Colors Andreas Bernitt, Abdullah Alhussainy & Bijayashree Samal Play
  • 9 Better Together Max Keller Music & Ingrid White Play
  • 10 Different, You and I Elly Kellner & Heather Bond Play
  • 11 More Of Us Eduard Glumov, Kate Northrop Play
  • 12 Upon the Horizon Heather Bond, Sasha Shlain Play
  • 13 We Are One Larry Klein & David Baerwald Play

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    BEYOND MUSIC Volume One SAME SKY

    1. WATER

    Composed by Eduard Glumov
    Lyrics by Kate Northrop (English) and Sheryl Gambo (Mboshi)
    Vocals: Sheryl Gambo (lead vocal), Eduard Glumov (backing vocal), all BEYOND MUSIC artists (backing vocals chorus)

    Eduard Glumov (piano, keyboards, programming), Sandro Friedrich (flute);
    Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Drums - Manu Katché, Clive Deamer;

    Mixed by Adam Greenspan

    2. MA DING WO AVALE ONE (I love you just the way you are)

    Composed by John Lumpkin
    Lyrics by Danielle Eog Makedah
    Vocals: Danielle Eog Makedah (lead & backing vocals)

    Brice Essomba (piano), John Lumpkin (Rhodes electric piano, Hammond B3 organ, Keyboards, percussion), Moshe Elmakias (Rhodes electric piano, solo), Msafiri Zawose (ilimba), Andreas Bernitt (violin, string arrangement);
    Drums - Manu Katché, Electric Guitar - Dean Parks, Bass - Dan Lutz;

    Mixed by Tchad Blake

    3. EL CLAVEL DEL AIRE

    Composed by Mariana Baraj
    Lyrics by Mariana Baraj and Msafiri Zawose
    Vocals: Mariana Baraj and Msafiri Zawose (lead & backing vocals)

    Mariana Baraj (percussion, cuatro), Msafiri Zawose (ilimba), Kane Mathis (kora), Sandro Friedrich (flute);
    Drums - Manu Katché, Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Bass - Dan Lutz;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    4. MATUMAINI

    Composed by and lyrics by Brice Essomba and Syssi Mananga
    Vocals: Syssi Mananga (lead & backing vocals)

    Brice Essomba (piano, keyboards), Sandro Friedrich (bansuri), Msafiri Zawose (ilimba);
    Drums - Manu Katché, Guitars - Adrian Utley, Dean Parks, Bass – Dan Lutz;

    Mixed by Adam Greenspan

    5. YOU CHANGED ME

    Composed by and lyrics by Heather Bond and Ingrid White
    Vocal: Ingrid White

    Jivan Gasparyan Jr. (duduk);
    Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Piano; Wurlitzer Electric Piano - Ed Harcourt, Bass - Dan Lutz, Drums - Manu Katché;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    6. SAA’T ARAHMAN

    Traditional, arranged by Mor Karbasi and Moshe Elmakias
    Vocal: Mor Karbasi

    Moshe Elmakias (piano, arranger), Kane Mathis (oud), John Lumpkin (tambourine);
    Drums and Percussion - Clive Deamer, Bass - Dan Lutz, Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Keyboards - Ed Harcourt;

    Mixed by Maxime Le Guil

    7. EGYPTIAN

    Composed by Sasha Shlain
    Vocals: Abdullah Alhussainy (lead vocal), Beshar Al Azzawi (backing vocal)

    Jivan Gasparyan Jr. (duduk), Sasha Shlain (programming, keyboard), Sandro Friedrich (flute), Andreas Bernitt (violin);
    Drums - Clive Deamer, Bass - Dan Lutz, Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley;

    Mixed by Tchad Blake

    8. OUR COLORS

    Composed by Andreas Bernitt, Abdullah Alhussainy, Bijayashree Samal, Mor Karbasi, Sandro Friedrich, Moshe Elmakias, Brice Essomba, Kane Mathis, Msafiri Zawose, Jivan Gasparyan Jr., Heather Bond, Elly Kellner, Max Keller Music
    Lyrics by Abdullah Alhussainy (Arabic), Bijayashree Samal (Indian) and Mor Karbasi (Hebrew)
    Music arrangement by Andreas Bernitt
    Vocals: Abdullah Alhussainy, Bijayashree Samal and Mor Karbasi (lead vocals), Heather Bond and Elly Kellner (backing vocals)

    Andreas Bernitt (violin), Sandro Friedrich (pivana), Moshe Elmakias (piano), Brice Essomba (piano), Kane Mathis (kora), Msafiri Zawose (ilimba), Jivan Gasparyan Jr. (duduk), Max Keller Music (mixing console);
    Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Piano - Ed Harcourt, Drums - Clive Deamer;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    9. BETTER TOGETHER

    Composed by and lyrics by Max Keller Music and Ingrid White
    Vocals: Ingrid White (lead & backing vocals)

    Max Keller Music (programming, keyboards);
    Guitars - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Piano - Ed Harcourt, Drums - Clive Deamer;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    10. DIFFERENT, YOU AND I

    Composed by and lyrics by Elly Kellner and Heather Bond
    Vocals: Elly Kellner and Heather Bond (lead & backing vocals)

    Kane Mathis (kora), John Lumpkin (drums), Andreas Bernitt (violin, string arrangement), Moshe Elmakias (piano);
    Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Piano - Ed Harcourt, Bass - Dan Lutz, Guitars - Adrian Utley, Dean Parks;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    11. MORE OF US

    Composed by Eduard Glumov
    Lyrics by Kate Northrop
    Vocals: Sheryl Gambo (lead vocal), Danielle Eog Makedah, Heather Bond, Syssi Mananga, Elly Kellner, Ingrid White, Eduard Glumov, John Lumpkin, Abdullah Alhussainy and Msafiri Zawose (backing vocals)

    Jivan Gasparyan Jr. (duduk), Beshar Al Azzawi (oud), Sandro Friedrich (pivana);
    Drums - Manu Katché, Guitars - Adrian Utley, Dean Parks, Bass - Dan Lutz;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    12. UPON THE HORIZON

    Composed by and lyrics by Sasha Shlain and Heather Bond
    Vocals: Heather Bond (lead vocal), Ingrid White (backing vocal)

    Heather Bond (backing vocal), Sasha Shlain (keyboards, programming), Ingrid White (backing vocal), Kane Mathis (kora);
    Drums - Manu Katché, Guitar - Dean Parks, Adrian Utley, Bass - Larry Klein;

    Mixed by Stephen Lipson

    13. WE ARE ONE

    Composed by Larry Klein
    Lyrics by David Baerwald
    Vocals: Ingrid White, Heather Bond, Danielle Eog Makedah, Syssi Mananga, Elly Kellner, Sheryl Gambo, Bijayshree Samal (lead vocals), all BEYOND MUSIC artists (backing vocals chorus)

    John Lumpkin (Hammond B3 organ), Kane Mathis (kora), Larry Klein (acoustic guitar);
    Drums - Manu Katché, Guitars - Adrian Utley, Dean Parks, Bass - Dan Lutz, Piano - Ed Harcourt;

    Mixed by Tim Palmer

    ALL TRACKS

    Produced by Larry Klein
    Recorded at Studios La Fabrique by Maxime Le Guil
    Mastering Engineer: Bernie Grundman

    Pro-Tools Engineer: Steph Marziano
    Assistant Engineers: Daniel Cayotte, Remy Dumetz
    Equipment and Transport: Chris Stone

    The album and the BEYOND MUSIC platform is financed by the non-profit BEYOND FOUNDATION.

  • See album lyrics +

    BEYOND MUSIC Volume One SAME SKY

    1. WATER

    Every drop that fills the sea
    River flows from you to me
    Every lake and every stream
    Calms my thirst and keeps me clean

    There's an ocean between us
    But we're in it together
    Are you feeling the power
    Raise your hands to the future
    Raise your song like a prayer
    Let it echo like thunder

    Water, water
    Every mother's daughter
    Carries what she's got to

    Goh ya muana oyiri otsoh,
    Aberah etshoh edi lah wah tsah maah
    Goh ya muana yah oyiri ohhh

    Every mother's daughter
    Carries what she's got to

    Join us on the dusty road
    Bend your back and share the load
    We're all fish that share a pond
    But now we take a step beyond

    Ih eh eh! Mama sounga ngah
    Peh nga mah inouah ah
    h eh eh! Possa mayi ekari nga mama ah
    Ih eh eh! Goh ya muana oyiri oh oh

    Mama, help me
    Give me water to drink
    I'm thirsty mama!
    Every mother's daughter wherever you are, bring water

    Maah, Maah
    Goh ya muana oyiri otsoh
    Aberah etshoh edi lah wah tsah maah

    Water, water
    Every mother's daughter
    Carries what she's got to

    2. MA DING WO AVALE ONE (I love you just the way you are)

    Ma ding wo ma ding mis mwe
    Ma ding wo ma ding essissm we
    Tes yeux, ton ame, you shine

    Ma ding wo avale one

    Wo nga'a ve ma nleme we me we me ba'ale wo
    Wo nga'a ve ma eding we me we me ba'ale wo

    We love you, we love you just the way you are

    I love you, I love your eyes
    I love you, I love your soul
    You are shining from your eyes to your soul

    I love you just the way you are

    You gave me your heart, so I will take good care of it
    You gave me your love, so I will take good care of it

    We love you, we love you just the way you are

    3. EL CLAVEL DEL AIRE (Carnation of the Air)

    iii gweee, ua langu ni zuri sana weee,
    Ninapoliona ninaapagawa,
    Mana kwa jinsi linavyong’ara,
    Kila wakati linachanua,
    Ni nalipenda mi langu ua

    Quiero ser clavel del aire
    Florecer en cualquier parte
    No echar raíz, ir por ahí
    Libre

    Luciérnaga de la noche
    Tu serás mi compañera

    Flor silvestre seré
    Njoo useme wewe

    Nada tuve mientras quise
    Hacer nido duradero
    Es por eso que prefiero
    Ser simplemente del viento
    Njoo useme wewe

    Jinsi linavyo nukia, jinsi linavyo pendeza,
    Njoo uwone mwenywe, jinsi linavyo pendeza
    Njoo ulione ua, ua langu mbona zuri
    Mimi huwa nalipenda, kila mtu Analitaka

    This is make me happy yeah
    It is shining bright yeah, beautiful smell,
    Makes me feel high
    Njoo useme wewe

    Jinsi linavyo pendezapendeza
    na sisi tunavyo lipenda lipenda

    My flower is very beautiful
    When I see how it unfolds
    The way it is shining
    It always sprouts
    I love my flower

    I want to be the carnation of the air
    Flourish anywhere
    Not rooting, wandering around
    Free

    Firefly of the night
    You will be my companion

    Wild flower I will be
    Come and say to you

    I had nothing while I wanted
    Built a durable nest
    That's what I prefer
    Just belong to the wind
    Come witness

    The way it smells, how beautiful it is
    Come and witness yourself
    How beautiful it is, come and see the flower
    My beautiful flower, I love it, everyone wants it

    This is make me happy yeah,
    It is shining bright yeah, beautiful smell,
    Makes me feel high
    Come witness

    How good it is with us
    Free as we love it

    4. MATUMAINI (Hope)

    Osambela na ndako ya nzambe
    Pona yo olembi eh
    Pona yo moko okoka te
    Osambela po’ pasi eleki eh
    Na mawa
    Kolela te, kolemba te
    Sima ya mbula moyi ebimaka
    Elikya ezali.. Elikya

    Matumaini

    Kasi mokili esika ya mabe
    Bitumba epai nionso eh
    Ba nani baboma batu
    Ba nani mosusu ba moyibi eh,
    Kolela te, kolemba te
    Lona bolingo, kimya ekobima

    Lona, lona bolingo na kati ya motema
    Okomonana
    Elikya eh Sima nde na mbula...

    When you are scared, full of doubt
    And the tears are falling down,
    in despair turn around
    You find Him next to you
    When You are alone, listen close,
    And you will hear His voice,
    Whisper hope, don't loose hope!

    You pray in a church
    Because you’re exhausted
    Because you can’t make it on your own
    You pray because of too much pain
    And sorrow
    Don’t cry, don’t give up
    After the rain, comes the sun
    There is hope.. hope

    Hope

    Though the world is a bad place
    With conflicts everywhere
    With killers
    With thieves
    Don’t cry, don’t give up,
    Sow love, peace will grow

    Sow, Sow the love in your heart
    You will see
    After the rain comes hope

    When you are scared, full of doubt
    And the tears are falling down,
    in despair turn around
    You find Him next to you
    When You are alone, listen close,
    And you will hear His voice,
    Whisper hope, don't loose hope!

    5. YOU CHANGED ME

    Je ne savais pas ce que c’était d’être amoureuse
    Je ne savais pas ce que c’était d’être heureuse
    Puis je t’ai rencontré et tu as tout changé
    Avec toi je sais ce que veut dire le mot bonheur
    Avec toi je peux tout dire, je peux me confier
    Tu es tout ce que je cherche
    Tu es tout ce que j’espérais

    You changed me
    You fill my heart with love
    You changed me
    You fill me with love

    Where ever I go I know you’re there right beside me
    We’re oceans away
    Comfort I find in just knowing
    Each time I look at the sky
    I remember the stars in your eyes

    You changed me
    You sparked a light inside of me
    You changed me
    You make me believe
    Believe in love

    I didn't know what it was like to be in love
    I didn't know what it was like to be happy
    Then I met you and you changed everything
    With you I know what the word happiness means
    With you I can say anything, I can confide in you
    You're all I'm looking for
    You're everything I was hoping for

    You changed me
    You fill my heart with love
    You changed me
    You fill me with love

    Where ever I go I know you’re there right beside me
    We’re oceans away
    Comfort I find in just knowing
    Each time I look at the sky
    I remember the stars in your eyes

    You changed me
    You sparked a light inside of me
    You changed me
    You make me believe
    Believe in love

    6. SAA’T ARAHMAN

    Saa’t arahman dalhin
    Washaiatin ghafilin
    Washaiatin fi jabl zin

    Hajibi yuma A’laia
    Uikthiri li fil hijab

    A’ibatak yabe
    Uma schak
    Hin tgul as’Ad masak

    Saa’t arahman, It is now the merciful hour
    And the devils are far away
    Far away in the mountains

    Shelter me, oh mother
    And veil me once more with another veil

    How dare you oh father!
    And at the same time you bless me goodnight!

    7. EGYPTIAN

    No lyrics, vocal interpretations.

    8. OUR COLORS

    Sa Ni Pa, MaPa GaMa, Pa Ni Sa, SaGaMaPa, GaMaPa GaMaGaReNiSa,
    NiDaPaMa GaReSaNiSa
    Aayori Aayori Sakhi Aayori
    Shubh Ghadi Aayee Sakhi Aayori
    O…. Shubh Ghadi Aayee Sakhi, Shubh Ghadi Aayee
    SaGaMaPa, Pa MaPa, GaMa, SaGa MaGa Sa, MaGaSa MaGaSa
    MaGa, PaMaGaSa NiGaSa PaMa, PaMaGaSa NiGaSa

    كلنا في الحياة

    אני כאן למולך
    אני כאן
    אבל ציפורי שמיים
    כבר מזמן נשאו אותי מכאן







    Auspicious time has arrived my friends...

    We are all together in life

    I stand before you,
    Here,
    But the birds of the heaven
    Have carried me away, long ago

    9. BETTER TOGETHER

    You, you are the one I choose, choose
    Where, where you are from I don’t care

    Change, culture and colour won’t change a thing
    Buy, what money can’t buy love can give
    You don’t have to live alone
    Because you and I we are greater
    Nothing can bring us down
    As long as we are together

    Together we can stand
    Together we can make it
    Together we’re better
    Together we’re stronger

    Together we can be better

    Trust me
    Together nothing can stop us
    Let’s go
    I’ve tried to stand alone
    But within a moment I was broken
    I’ve tried to stand strong
    But I broke down and crumbled
    Because I needed a hand to lift me up
    And I can’t be wrong any longer
    Yeah with you, with you
    I can only be greater
    I need you, need you to shine and to be better

    Better

    Together nothing can stop us
    Even the oceans can’t separate us
    Let’s try to be the wind of peace
    Thousand hands in the air are better than one

    Together we’re better

    10. DIFFERENT, YOU AND I

    I've been lost in silence
    I've been so afraid to get up and sing my part
    I wanted to go places, wanted to embrace
    All the beauty in my heart

    I look up at a shooting star
    Across the open sky
    And I hear your voice say it’s okay
    When I can’t sleep at night
    Sometimes it’s so hard to breathe
    We’re different you and I
    That’s what makes this world unique
    Because your heart beats with mine

    You have more to live for
    You can reach so high
    You can rise and touch the stars
    You can carry on, sing your own sweet song
    And embrace all that you are

    11. MORE OF US

    More of us, more and more of us

    12. UPON THE HORIZON

    When you feel lonely
    When you feel afraid
    You want to disappear and hide yourself away
    You think you’re the only
    One who is lost
    Believe me I know the way you feel and how it hurts

    Just look upon the horizon
    Fears wash away
    Remember that we’re all fighting
    To heal from the pain
    We won’t give up
    We are much stronger
    When we believe love is the way
    Just look upon the horizon
    Fears wash away

    I promise to listen
    I promise to trust
    I promise to hold your hand when you need picking up
    We need each other more than we know
    We are all dreamers underneath a sky that glows

    13. WE ARE ONE

    We Are One
    After all
    Is said and done
    We are one
    We are one
    On a Little Blue Ball
    Under a Big Red Sun
    We Are One

    I went over
    Crossed the ocean
    Dug my hands
    Into the earth
    I was armored
    From emotion
    I’d been trained that way from birth

    It’s easy just look everywhere
    Everybody feeling so alone
    I finally had to lose myself
    To find out what I’ve always known

    This is home here
    Where we’re standing
    These are skies
    We have to share
    The old ways
    Can’t be abandoned
    At the whim of a billionaire

    I was blinded, I was unaware
    I was turning into stone
    I turned and saw you standing there
    And suddenly I was home

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