Our world is a circle, full of wonders, beauty and cultures. But how much of this circle do we really get to experience? - CWA
Circle World Arts (CWA) visited Keystone classrooms this week and engaged students in cross-cultural musical conversations in search for common ground. The brainchild of musician brothers Hadi and Mohamad Eldebek, CWA is a community of cultural citizens dedicated to sharing artistic traditions across the globe to help make a meaningful impact and create experiences that promote personal growth and advancement.
Through workshops, master classes, and performances featuring Sandeep Das on tabla (India), Tamer Pinarbasi on kanun (Turkey), and Farzin Dehghan on kamancheh (Iran), CWA took the Keystone community on imaginary journeys along the Silk Road. By improvising and playing music together on a range of instruments, and across musical styles and cultural traditions found along the Silk Road, students learned about its rich history and discovered unique variations and connections across its musical cultures. Experiencing these connections helped students discover how the arts can unite people and support peaceful communication.
“The most important element in music is listening,” Sandeep Das advised Keystone students, “so that you can have a productive conversation. Use your ears and listen to each other. Instead of just playing your own music, learn how to listen to each other and communicate. When we open our ears, there is no right or wrong answer. There is no division. We are looking at the same issue from a different angle. Leave your heart open and all you encounter and experience along the road is yours.”
CWA, with support from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, organizes multicultural, interdisciplinary workshops to bring artists, communities, and institutions together across different countries, languages, and traditions. World-class faculty teaches their workshops for a variety of skill levels at international locations throughout the year. CWA was selected as a "breakthrough idea worth spreading" by the TED Residency Incubator and invited to give a TED talk at the NYC headquarters.