Just Where Are We Going??
Yes, my friends! THIS is a map, and it shows what has become to be known as Central Asia. We are going to all of the highlighted countries including Pakistan in the lower right-hand corner. Our mission is simple: play music for people. We will be giving workshops, concerts and meet and greets all with the intention of learning as much as we can about the local culture and imparting upon them our music and traditions. This is a 42 day once in a lifetime opportunity that hasn’t really sunk in just yet. In 2 weeks us 5 women will fly half a world away to a place that most Americans know little to nothing about (ahem, us included). In reading Dilip Hiro’s very thorough book “Inside Central Asia” the author describes central Asia as a “sprawling, politically pivotal and richly cultured area of the world”. Starting with Genghis Khan, the highly influential Mongol Warrior, and leading up to Central Asia’s exit from the Soviet Republic, it seems to me that we will be traveling through a history book in each and every country we visit.
While abroad we will be constantly updating this blog with pictures and experiences. Please do check back often! While we are standing on another soil trying to understand these different walks of life, perhaps we will impart upon you some of the lessons that we learn. What we bring home in memories and friendships we hope will cement another building block into a bridge between our countries. American Music Abroad offers that human experience to all the musicians it sends abroad, and we think this is just the right thing for the United States of America to celebrate.