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August 13 to 15-ZimFest
ZimFest is all about celebrating the music and culture of Zimbabwe with many wonderful friends and teachers, including many master Zimbabwean musicians. I look forward to learning, sharing, and maybe even performing a little, since Kutandara is appearing on the Sunday night concert. I will have a RhythmWalk informational booth right between the Village Health Project and Nhimbe for Progress tables, two of the wonderful organizations for whom I'm proud to be raising money and awareness. The Reed College campus is the perfect setting for this amazing event. And I look forward to spending more time in Portland, one of my favorite cities.
April 21-Santa Fe Benefit ConcertMany thanks to so many friends and supporters in Santa Fe who sent me off on our way to California and raised nearly $400 for our struggling friends in Zimbabwe. Special thanks to my dear friend, Carrie Ronneau, who conceived of and organized the entire event, getting the word out to the Shona community on such short notice, and arranging an amazing spread of food donations. Thanks also to the Swings, and in particular, Peter's Wednesday night class for donating their time and space, as well as providing such great music. It was so great to hang out and jam with current and former members of Ande, Tatenda, Trillium, Kumusha and Common Thread - such a profound sense of community and the perfect way to start off on our travels...
April 16-Boulder RhythmWalk Benefit Concert
This night could not have gone better. About 350 people attended to help
raise almost $7800! The silent auction alone brought in over $2500. I
am still overwhelmed by the whole event. Such an incredible energy, so
much love and support - I am truly fortunate to have such an amazing community
behind me on this big adventure. We'll not forget this night when we're
faced with tough days on the trail.
April 6-Coal Creek Elementary
really enjoyed my time with the fourth and fifth graders at Coal Creek
Elementary in Louisville, Colorado. I did three shows, two classes at
a time, in the cafeteria, sharing a little show and tell about my hiking
gear and playing some Shona music. I talked about simplifying my life
down to the bare essentials that fit into my backpack, and we thought
about how this is still quite luxurious compared to how many people in
Zimbabwe must live. We also talked about things like starvation, what
it means to be an orphan and
even AIDS. All the groups were such attentive audiences as I played mbira
and sang along, and especially as I performed a western marimba version
of my new piece, RhythmWalk. Special thanks to Miss Mac (Sara
McIntosh) and Robin Truesdale for their help in organizing this special
day. Thanks also to all the teachers and staff for the warm welcome I
received. And a BIG THANK YOU to all the students I met who donated over
to RhythmWalk for Zimbabwe the funds they raised
during a recent used cell phone drive!
April 3-Oberlin Alumni Benefit House Concert
This was a wonderful evening of fine potluck desserts and an ecclectic mix of music performed on western marimba, mbira and chipendani. It was nice to meet about a dozen fellow Oberlin alumni, and plenty of other new faces, too. Less than thirty were in attendance, but we were able to raise almost $400 toward RhythmWalk for Zimbabwe's causes. Many thanks to Jillian and David Waldman for welcoming us all into their beautiful home, and to Robin and Charley Truesdale and Ellen Hertzman for helping with the organization. Thanks also to Brechen Santeramo and Amy Stewart for greatly enhancing the performances with their musical talents. And I have to acknowledge my dear friend Lynn Smith for allowing me to practice on her beautiful marimba for two years and more recently give several performances to help promote my endeavor. Lynn and Melissa Crocker even joined Brechen, Amy and myself for a special 5-on-1 western marimba version of the Shona classic Mutiwambuya!
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