Peace Through Music

by Sonic Peacemakers Project
Todd Shea and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Todd Shea and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Sonic Peacemakers is looking to have a breakout year in 2014, starting with a trip to Pakistan to record new songs with Pakistani music stars Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sanam Marvi. We are holding a fundraising event in Houston on January 19, 2014 to raise funds for our projects and travel expenses.

Sonic Peacemakers is also planning concerts in New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC for 2014, featuring accomplished musicians and recording artists from Pakistan and America. These concerts will raise funds and awareness for the children of Pakistan, Haiti and The Philippines. Some of the artists onboard with the concerts and new recordings are guitarist Gilby Clarke of Guns N' Roses, singer/actor Donovan Leitch, Robbie Wyckofff, an amazing vocalist with the touring band of Roger Waters, and Harry Waters, an amazing jazz pianist and composer who is also a member of Roger Waters touring band, which just completed a World Tour performing Pink Floyd's classic "The Wall."

We'll see you in 2014 !!!
The Sonic Peacemakers

Lanny & Robbie with Rahat & Maroof Ali Khan
Lanny & Robbie with Rahat & Maroof Ali Khan

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sonic Peacemakers plans to record new songs with Pakistani music stars Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sanam Marvi in the next few months. Production on the Sonic Peacemakers musical tribute to Malala is basically finished except for some final touches and recording some vocal tracks with our Pakistani and Americans artist Ambassadors. We are also planning on producing a video to go with the song. Another song, the long awaited collaboration between Sonic Peacemakers, ex-members of Guns N' Roses and Atif Aslam, will be finished in September and released soon thereafter.

Sonic Peacemakers is also planning concerts in New York, Los Angeles and Houston for early in 2014, featuring accomplished musicians and recordng artists from Pakistan and America. These concerts will raise funds and awareness for the children of Pakistan and Haiti. Some of the artists onboard are guitarist Gilby Clarke of Guns N' Roses, singer/actor Donovan Leitch and Robbie Wyckofff, an amazing vocalist who is currently on tour with Roger Waters, one of the original members of Pink Floyd.

Sonic Peacemakers is also producing t-shirts, keychains and other merchandise to raise funds for our projects. These items will be available to the public in conjunction with the release of the new songs we're working on.

Until Next Time, Rock On for Peace !!!
The Sonic Peacemakers

Maroof, Lanny, Rahat & Robbie backstage in May
Maroof, Lanny, Rahat & Robbie backstage in May

Sonic Peacemakers is currently in production on a collaboration between some very big names in the music business for a song in tribute to Malala Yousufzai and The Children of Pakistan. The collaboration will feature Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and several other notable artists such as Robbie Wykoff (The Singer for Roger Waters' Band) which will be announced just before the song's release.

The song, inspired by the bravery and elegance of Malala and so many children just like her who just want a chance to be educated and have a better life, will shine a spotlight on the children of Pakistan and other nations where so many children suffer from poverty, war and extremism, in hopes of creating more numerous and effective international avenues of support so these kids will have a better chance to realize their potential and help create a better future for themselves, their families, their nations and all Humanity.

We plan to complete production this summer and release the song in early September, as well as produce a video for the song and a behind the scenes film documenting the creative process behind the song, which was written by Sonic Peacemakers co-founder Lanny Cordola. 

Sonic Peacemakers has had a very productive start in 2013. Pakistani singing star Sanam Marvi has joined us as an artist ambassador to collaborate on several events, concerts, recordings and activities to promote the beautiful children of Pakistan to the World and help raise funds for their health, education and well being. We are planning fundraising concerts in Pakistan, Dubai and The US, and GEO has agreed to film a pilot with Sanam for a television show featuring our musical and philanthropic collaborations with major Pakistani recording artists. If the pilot is approved for a full television series, each episode of the program will feature Sonic Peacemakers and a Pakistani recording artist writing, recording, interacting and traveling with each other while performing in large cities as well as remote villages.

Sonic Peacemakers co-founder Lanny Cordola will be joining singing superstar Atif Aslam onstage at the O2 area in London, as well as dates in other UK cities and Lanny is also planning an event for Sonic Peacemakers in Los Angeles in late April or early May.

Interflow Communications and Eckova Productions has begun the editing work on the Sonic Peacemakers documentary film, utilizing footage taken in the last few years of concerts and events, interviews and studio sessions, visits to remote places like Swat and Sindh, and behind the scenes insights into Todd Shea and Lanny Cordola’s magical mystical musical journey through Pakistan.

On March 10 Sonic Peacemakers had its biggest concert success to date, producing a show with Saad Sultan (producer of hits by Quratualin Balouch, Jal Band and Farhan Saeed), Fawad Khan (singer and star of Hum TV’s Humsafar Drama), Famed Punjabi Comedian Amanat Chan, Sanam Marvi (who took the Desi Music Industry by storm after her acclaimed work with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and electrifying appearance on Coke Studio) and Sir Abrar Ul Haq, a true superstar in both music and Humanitarian works. 

The concert hall was packed with over 900 people, including chief guest Mrs. Yasmeen Rehman, a distinguished Member of the National Assembly. Awards for Service to Humanity were given to Dr. Javed Akram, Dr. Mehmood Shaukat and Dr. Amina Rehman and Allama Iqbal Medical College for donating medicines to CDRS and other fine organizations for the benefit of the disaster affected citizens in both emergency and long term healthcare missions.

See the concert photos here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.529206777102079.1073741825.300942176595208&type=1

The concert was a success because of our collaboration with the artists, who gave their time and talents free of charge, The administration of Allama Iqbal Medical College, who provided their Hall, generator and security free of charge, The students of Allama Iqbal Medical College, who helped sell the tickets, and our media partners City 42 TV and Radio One 91 FM, who provided a huge media blitz of advertising and promotion completely free of charge. The concert went so well that City 42 will be broadcasting the show several times and will be helping put together an even larger show later this year.

There are also a few more wonderful new collaborations being planned with Artist Ambassadors Saad Sultan, Fawad Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and many other great artists and entertainers who all wish to support efforts for Peace, bridge building and bringing needed resources to children who desperately need our support. More details will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your ears and eyes open for all the news from Sonic Peacemakers!

Todd and Lanny with Edhi
Todd and Lanny with Edhi

Dear Sonic Peacemakers Supporters,

Sonic Peacemakers heads toward 2013 with great enthusiasm for the projects we have to use music and events to raise funds and awareness for the noble mission of helping suffering children. We will continue with our efforts to bring musical instruments and programs to children and schools in Pakistan. We are currently planning concerts at 42 colleges and universities throughout Pakistan, the first of which takes place on Dec 26 for the students of Roots College International RCI Millennium Campus Islamabad.

Interflow Communications has just teamed up with Sonic Peacemakers to produce a Documentary of Sonic Peacemakers founders Todd Shea and Lanny Cordolla and their magical, musical journey through Pakistan with their musical and humanitarian friends, including clips from concerts, field work in disaster zones like Swat, Charsadda and Sindh and interviews and interactions with all the wonderful characters that Todd and Lanny have met along the way. 

For almost three decades, Interflow Communications has been one of the pioneers of marketing communication services in Pakistan. Interflow Communications brings the creative, media and advertising management acumen of around 300 professionals to the industry. From mass effectiveness of electronic, print and out-of-home media to the intimacy of new media, Interflow is the perfect partner to bring the Sonic Peacemakers Story to the World. 

Todd and Lanny with NCHD Bringing Music to Sindh
Todd and Lanny with NCHD Bringing Music to Sindh
Todd and Lanny with Rising Star QB
Todd and Lanny with Rising Star QB
Todd and Abrar Ul Haq with our New 4 CD Set
Todd and Abrar Ul Haq with our New 4 CD Set
Todd performing for kids in Mirpurkhas, Sindh
Todd performing for kids in Mirpurkhas, Sindh
Todd with Fakhr-e-Imdad Foundation Schoolchildren
Todd with Fakhr-e-Imdad Foundation Schoolchildren
 

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Sonic Peacemakers Project

Location: Long Beach, Ca. - USA
Project Leader:
Lanny Cordola
Tamarac, FL Pakistan

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