Sonic Peacemakers Atif Aslam, Lanny Cordola and Todd Shea got together in July to perform together during Atif Aslam's U.S. summer tour. Events to raise awareness about Sonic Peacemakers were held in Washington DC, Los Angeles and Seattle (please see photos with this report) attended by dignitaries such as Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain of The Middle East Institute, Pervaiz Lodhie of NCHD, PAL-C and LEDtronics, Dr. A.S. Abbasi and Aakid Ahmad of Convergence and The U.S.-Muslim engagement Initiative, and Sonic Peacemakers Ambassadors Mark Levine (Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at UC-Irvine), Gilby Clarke (former guitarist with Guns 'n' Roses), Ethan Casey (Author of "Alive And Well In Pakistan") and Michelle Coltrane (Daughter of the legendary John Coltrane).After taking a break to spend time with family during the holy month of Ramadan, Atif will resume his tour in September and more Sonic Peacemakers events will follow. Lanny has set up recording sessions at Gilby Clarke's studio to continue work on the conceptual album "The Dreamer Awakes" and will then go back to Pakistan with Todd and Atif to record in Lahore. Sonic Peacemakers is planning to release its first two or three songs by October or November.We'd also like to welcome a new addition to the Sonic Peacemakers team, Rumaisa Rahman. Rumaisa has joined as Outreach Coordinator and is the founder/CEO of RU Entertainment, A Film Production and Special Events Company Based in Los Angeles that promotes South Asian Art and Entertainment in the U.S., Canada, UK, Middle East, India, and Pakistan.
And many, many Thanks to all who helped make the events a success: Nadia Fakih and Xia Verandah Lounge, Amir Mohammed and Tikka Grill, Ahmed & Manaal Alfi & Family, Mossadaq & Malika Chughtai & Family, Naureen Bokhari, Mehar Jawad, Ruksana Adaya & Family, Rizwan Samad, Asad Faizi, Omar Khalid, Salman Zafar, Saad Rehman, Hamid Ali, Ali Malik, Haris Mohammad, Paul Backes, Taha Gaya, Waqar Ali Khan of Safeer-e-Pakistan, Sarmad Ghafoor, Sameer Rashid Shami, Imran Shaikh of RU Entertainment and comedian Ben Morrison.
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