Sonic Peacemakers in Swat, 1st Music In Five Years
Greetings Dear Friends and Supporters,
When the Pakistan Flood Disaster began last summer, The Sonic Peacemakers "Peace Through Music" project was put on hold. The relief efforts kept Sonic Peacemakers co-founders Todd Shea and Lanny Cordola busy for months, with Todd leading the disaster response of SHINE HUMANITY and Lanny visiting Pakistan twice to help deliver supplies, compassion, smiles, music and gifts for children with fellow Sonic Peacemakers Atif Aslam and Noori.
Though we were able to produce several videos and teasers in 2010 (listed below), we need new funding to finish a documentary film and the first album, a collection of songs entitled "The Dreamer Awakes" with Atif Aslam and other prominent Pakistani musicians, ex-members of Guns 'n' Roses, The Beach Boys and other renowned western musicians. This epic collaboration is inspired by the works of Karachi-based poet Beo Rana Zafar and hopes to give a voice to the poverty stricken children of Pakistan.
The first Sonic Peacemakers documentary film will highlight Lanny Cordola's amazing journeys to Pakistan, where he creates music with awesome and diverse musicians and artists, tours disaster affected areas, experiences Pakistan's amazing cultural richness, meets with everyday people in remote villages and big cities, and discovers the wonderful people of Pakistan who are too often unseen and misunderstood by the outside world. And perhaps most importantly, Lanny and Sonic Peacemakers will show the world Pakistan's warm, friendly, loving, inquisitive, beautiful and brilliant children who are Pakistan's hope and future.
Sonic Peacemakers future plans include produce recordings and concerts in an ongoing series of musical collaborations, starting with Pakistani and American musicians and eventually bringing together musicians from other countries to build bridges of peace, erase misconceptions and support health, education and development projects that help families and children who need them most.
This spiritual, social and musical initiative has the potential to transform hate into love and darkness into light, ignorance into empowerment. There is so much we can accomplish together by making this project a reality.
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In Love and Light,
1) Glimpses of "The Dreamer Awakes" An Upcoming Sonic Peacemakers Project Featuring Pakistani and American musicians, including Atif Aslam & ex-members of Guns 'n' Roses
2) Pakistan (I Have A Dream) Atif Aslam and Lanny Cordola
3) We Will Rise Again - A Tribute to Pakistan's Flood Victims (Atif Aslam, Lanny Cordola and Todd Shea) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UpjTiIeBsg
4) Lanny Cordola Interview about Sonic Peacemakers at NAMM Show in Los Angeles
5) Clips of Sonic Peacemakers Live Concert In Islamabad (Noori, Atif Aslam, Todd Shea)
6) Dil Dil Pakistan Live - Atif Aslam & Todd Shea