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Where Gifted Musicians Grow

Danilo Perez with BGJI students – Photo by Dave Green

Where do gifted musicians go to become student leaders of a world community and affect positive social change?

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Doug Hall

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston, founded by Grammy-award winning jazz pianist, composer, professor and educator Danilo Pérez, through a curriculum that includes world-music exploration from roots up, to arrangements and performances of original composition, to internships and projects in remote under-represented communities around the globe, students develop into ambassadors for humanity. This is not an ethereal concept or group meditation on a “better world” but a hands-on curriculum that directs these young extra-ordinary musicians to park the “self” for a greater good. Pérez speaks to this part and emphasis in the program, “ When somebody has a gift, I believe he/she has a responsibility…you must have the desire to be a role model in society – and step away from your instrument.” BGJI offers a unique alternative approach to a discipline that has often focused more on developing self-achievement and acceptance based primarily on talent. Pérez keeps his mission and integrity close to the selection process, “you have to have the desire to experience the process of human development…fame is a four letter word.”

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Danilo Perez at piano – Photo by Kelly Davidson

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Brandon Malone – More Than A Carpenter

Inspirational conversation with carpenter – sweet soul and mender of broken hearts – Brandon Malone from Los Angeles.
His uniquely simple vision and passion for life is true testament to his sincerity and love for people.
Using his hands and heart we are blessed to walk with him as he brings human touch to his journey as ‘More Than A Carpenter’.
Watch him work his magic this January on DIY Network with Brett Waterman – ‘Restored’.

 

DIY – Restored coming in January with Brett Waterman

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Andrew Maxwell Morris – Conversations with Kim

Never underestimate the power of music to move the human spirit.

To drown yourself in, find life within and take you to another place and time.
It’s been a joy to get to know Andrew Maxwell Morris hailing from the UK and there are no better friends than those we find through the heart strings of music.
Andrew’s album ‘Well Tread Roads’ a precious little secret waiting for its voice to be heard as it trickles from the streams of life, ready to fill your cup right full.

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ANDREW MAXWELL MORRIS FRESH PICK

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Andrea Stefancikova – The Essence of a Woman Growing Strong

At 34 years old I have been told that I am too old – I need to be smaller – my hair should be better. It is only now in my thirties that I feel myself coming alive as a woman. I feel really sorry for the young girls starting out in these situations. Though things are improving with more people recognizing a healthier lifestyle we are still so far from being there.

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A refreshing chat with Slovakian born actress/model Andrea Stefancikova

Currently living in Vancouver – well traveled with experiences of life – she has some exciting projects and a new book coming next year.
So nice to share a bond as women finding their way – and to hear Andrea’s honesty about the realities of the being a woman in this business, and how it feels to be pressured to be a ‘cookie cutter’ girl to remain relevant in an industry that would rather eat you alive than see you thrive.
Find out what she would like men to really know about her.
So much more to this girl behind the image and we look forward to sharing our journey of ‘Selfless’ with her.

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