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Musikarama’s choir workshop at Khora

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Last week our singing teacher, Lydia Theochari, in collaboration with Becka Wolfe, organised and animated a Choir Workshop at Khora. The workshop lasted for a week, one session a day. It took place within the Workshops’ week which was organised by Khora -and open to everyone- from the 5th to the 9th of february. The purpose was to make the participants connect with themselves and others through their voices and sounds.
Our workshop consisted in breathing and stretching exercises, as well as in singing together “simple” songs (from Greece to Norway!), using different singing techniques. The workshop was a success, and as it reached its end, one of the participants told us that, even if we were to organize it on the moon, he would come again!. Musikarama is therefore proud to announce that it will organize the first moon-based choir workshop ever by 2030!
Below, you can see a video and some pictures of the closing session of the workshop!

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Musikarama’s rehearsal at Jafra Foundation

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In the last couple of weeks, three of the members of our band left -from one day to the other- to different European countries. We are very happy for them to continue their journey, and truly hope this will bring them closer to happiness 🙂 . Nevertheless the band keeps working to overcome these challenges, and here are some pictures of our last rehearsal, this time at مؤسسة جفرا في اليونان/Jafra foundation in Greece (soon more news on this new collaboration!).

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Partners

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Our vision is to replicate our project in other European countries. In order to reach this, we are also working with other similar organizations and individuals towards the creation of an international coalition of musical projects for the migrant and refugee community. So far, our main partners are:

Jafra Foundation: Jafra Foundation works to ease human suffering for all living in crisis, strives to uplift and empower the Palestinian community in Syria, vis-à-vis a youth driven and community development approach. In Greece, in early 2016, Jafra volunteers found themselves blocked in Idomeni camp on the Macedonian/Greek border. Having experience in working with youths, through capacity development, and children, through education and psychosocial support, the six volunteers initiated a “Refugee to Refugee” support network.

Redomi: Spanish based network of musical organizations, with projects in Spain, Latin America and Africa.  Redomi uses music as the tool for social change

Music with refugees: UK based charity organizing music concerts for migrants and refugees in different countries in Europe, with a especial focus on Greece.

Melodies for refugees: Project directed by Brian Farrow, American violinist and singer organizing music workshops for the refugee community in Greece.

Musikarama is a completely independent organization which only exists thanks to the solidarity of many people who do care and do want a better future for refugees and migrants. We are open to new partners and collaborations, so please do let us know if you want to join us!.

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Musikarama’s Trip: 1st part

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We started off our trip in Madrid, where a big group of good friends joined together to say goodbye and wish us well for the trip. Just before our departure, an improvised -and fun- concert let us know that the music would be present along our way. We cannot think of a better way to start the trip…

Some hours later we arrived in Barcelone and, totally without expecting it, the music showed up again. Two guitars, a cajon and our voices made us join together for hours with a group of international friends (Palestine, Switzerland, Ireland, Mexico, Greece) to spend quite a special night together. Apart from the love and support they showed us when we shared our project with them, a few people also wished they could join us on our way to Greece.

When we were about to hit the road again, a mechanical problem with the van forced us to stop. It made us learn some mechanics while also discovering quite a few garages in Barcelona. Luckily enough, and after hours of search, we found a garage which repaired the van, allowing us to carry on with our trip. It is even in situations like this one when we have felt the support of people who, despite being total strangers, were touched when we share with them the purpose of our trip.

Finally, having overcome the first difficulties and full of beautiful memories, moments and people that we will never forget, we crossed the Pyrenees to get to France. There we enjoyed some family reunions where the music appeared again. This time through the keys of an old French piano and a beautiful Spanish guitar.

We continue our journey from Montpellier to Nice, where we find out that any place is good for music. This time, in a driving school where, again, we fond again a piano and our already well-known guitar improvising together nice blues melodies. This driving school teacher – and amateur pianist – not only left us amazed with his piano skills but also donated us a djembe which joined the rest of Musikarama’s nomadic orchestra.

On the next day we left Nice to hit the road again for the longest stage of our journey, driving across Italy to reach Ljubljana, Slovenia, in a single day, completing half of our journey. Already in the Balkan lands, after a long and exhausting journey and despite the fatigue and some setbacks, the encouragement and support of everybody gave us strength to continue and carry out our mission. Bringing joy and music to the people who need it…

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Musikarama hits the road!

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This is the video of the moments before our departure from Madrid, until the very last minute we were surrounded by lots of good friends and music. These fun and beautiful last minutes made us leave Madrid with the biggest smiles in our faces, happy and excited to start off our trip to Athens…

Compartimos el vídeo de nuestra despedida en Madrid. Muchas gracias por esta bonita sorpresa Marina Betete! Mañana salimos desde Tirana, Albania, para llegar a Grecia! 🙂 Check out this nice video of our departure. Many thanks to Marina Betete for this beautiful surprise! Tomorrow we will head off from Tirana, Albania, to Greece! 🙂

Publicado por Musikarama en Domingo, 5 de noviembre de 2017
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Trip Madrid-Athens

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We will be off to Athens in our van loaded with instruments, on the 27th October. We will regularly post info on the trip, a long one (around 3.800 Km and 7 countries!) but very exciting too. Bringing music across Europe!

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Moira Smiley – Refugee

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We are delighted to share this beautiful and touching song by Moira Smiley, an American artist actively involved in the refugee community. This song came from her experiences while volunteering at Calais Jungle refugee camp in France in 2016, as well as from her experience volunteering at a refugee camp in Athens, Greece . It is actually through an Afghan singer living in that camp how we met Moira.
Thanks for your work, Moira!.

MusikaramaMoira Smiley – Refugee