WHO IS GOING BEYOND
From 24 April to 4 May 2019 the Workshop and Album recordings of the first BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT will take place at the Studios La Fabrique in Southern France.
We are pleased to inform you that the BEYOND FOUNDATION has decided to increase the number of invited artists from 10 to 22 due to the top-class submissions.
Our Artistic Director and multiple Grammy winner Larry Klein has selected 10 compositions out of 110 submissions for the album recordings and named 22 musicians to participate.
We proudly present the 22 winners and the 10 selected compositions.
110 submissions have reached us for the first BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT. The excellent quality of the compositions fills us with great joy. Artistic Director Larry Klein has selected the following 10 music pieces to be recorded in France and explains why.
Larry Klein: "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 three and the great “house” band that we will have."
Larry Klein: "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."
Larry Klein: "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."
Larry Klein: "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."
"MA DING WA AVALE ONE":
Larry Klein: "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."
"EL CLAVEL DEL AIRE":
Larry Klein: "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."
"UPON THE HORIZON":
Larry Klein: "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."
"YOUR HEART BEATS WITH MINE":
Larry Klein: "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!"
"YOU CHANGED ME":
Larry Klein: "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."
Larry Klein: "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 that we set up for ourselves."
OTHER INVITED ARTISTS:
Larry Klein: "In addition to the collaborators from submissions that I selected as the 10 pieces that we would record, I have invited three 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 on instruments that I 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. The names of these musicians are: Beshar Al Azzawi, Andreas Bernitt, Kane Mathis."
The BEYOND FOUNDATION also invited Indian singer Bijayashree Samal to join the workshop and album recordings for a few days. With her song "Diva (A Bird by Choice)" Bijayashree won second place at the PUBLIC AWARD with 9.924 votes.
ALBUM RECORDINGS IN FRANCE
ACCOMPANYING HOUSE BAND:
Larry Klein: "We will have an amazing group of core “house band” musicians that will be involved in France including Dean Parks on guitars (Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Elton John, Madeleine Peyroux etc), Dan Lutz on bass (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Thomas Dybdahl, Jonathan Butler), Adrian Utley on guitars (Portishead), Clive Deamer on drums (Radiohead), Manu Katché on drums (Sting, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Dire Straits, Afro-Celt Sound System etc), and Ed Harcourt on keybords (Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull).
I envision a great creative collective at the studio, with participants synergistically playing on pieces that they were not previously involved in, and musically interacting with our core musicians and other musicians, in a fluid give and take of collaboration, with the final product being a great album that will serve as a document of the efforts of everyone who submitted pieces."