Kazakhstan Poster. Wish we could read it! Where are we performing again…..?

Kazakhstan Poster. Wish we could read it! Where are we performing again…..?



TRAVEL UPDATE: (Kimber)
I didn’t know that Pakistan hosts the most refugees in the world. Around 1.7 million. Della Mae got the opportunity to play for and hang out with “street kids” in Islamabad. Most of these children are refugees from Afghanist
an. It felt amazing to give back to these little people who have struggled for survival, and are the direct product of decisions and situations out of their control. We need to think about how war effects children. The program is called Lettuce Bee Kids. They meet once a week, and work on language, music, art, and having FUN. They have so much age in their eyes, and their hands are so rough from work. They pick trash, sell things, etc, etc. I can’t stop thinking about these kids. They are beautiful. They also had a glimpse of bluegrass music, and had their very first instrument lessons!! Best smiles I’ve ever earned.                                            

TRAVEL UPDATE: (Kimber)


I didn’t know that Pakistan hosts the most refugees in the world. Around 1.7 million. Della Mae got the opportunity to play for and hang out with “street kids” in Islamabad. Most of these children are refugees from Afghanist

an. It felt amazing to give back to these little people who have struggled for survival, and are the direct product of decisions and situations out of their control. We need to think about how war effects children. 

The program is called Lettuce Bee Kids. They meet once a week, and work on language, music, art, and having FUN. They have so much age in their eyes, and their hands are so rough from work. They pick trash, sell things, etc, etc. 

I can’t stop thinking about these kids. They are beautiful. They also had a glimpse of bluegrass music, and had their very first instrument lessons!! Best smiles I’ve ever earned.                                            

Watching the little digital airplane ”fly” across the map I couldn’t help but think this whole thing is just a little surreal. I mean, we strap ourselves into a tin can in D.C. and fly halfway across the world to Kuwait city, where I now sit typing comfortably in a lounge…with a Starbucks right outside the door.
We are incredibly blessed to embark upon this mission of genuine artistic exchange. Tonight we fly to Islamabad, and from there we begin to weave the connections that I hope will impact our lives forever.
Love and light to those of you at home and cheers to the 44th President of the United States.

Watching the little digital airplane ”fly” across the map I couldn’t help but think this whole thing is just a little surreal. I mean, we strap ourselves into a tin can in D.C. and fly halfway across the world to Kuwait city, where I now sit typing comfortably in a lounge…with a Starbucks right outside the door.

We are incredibly blessed to embark upon this mission of genuine artistic exchange. Tonight we fly to Islamabad, and from there we begin to weave the connections that I hope will impact our lives forever.

Love and light to those of you at home and cheers to the 44th President of the United States.



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.


Friends. We are on the road. Sometimes (not all the time) we get to see and do incredibly amazing things. We are so lucky to be where we are (wherever we are). 

We are starting this little road blog share our experiences with the world. From one festival or show to the next. And most importantly, to document our travels to Central Asia with the US State Department. We have the opportunity to spread diplomacy through music!!! 

Countdown to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan begins!

28 Days!!

Friends. We are on the road. Sometimes (not all the time) we get to see and do incredibly amazing things. We are so lucky to be where we are (wherever we are).

We are starting this little road blog share our experiences with the world. From one festival or show to the next. And most importantly, to document our travels to Central Asia with the US State Department. We have the opportunity to spread diplomacy through music!!!

Countdown to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan begins!

28 Days!!