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SCL NY Seminar: World Music, Social Change

The SCL in New York Presents:


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Climate change ambassador from India. Philanthropist for SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa. Armenian-American storyteller unearthing a buried genocide. The three composers featured in tonight’s program may have roots on diverse continents, but they share a passion for putting music into action to empower social change.  This evening’s program shines a light on the inspiring journeys each of our panelists has chosen, the impact they have had in changing lives for the better and what else must be tackled.  In a wide-ranging conversation, Ricky Kej, Wouter Kellerman and Eric Hachikian will dig deep into the genesis and progress of their respective musical initiatives. They will share audio and video clips and lead a Q&A with our audience of music creators. Elizabeth Rose will moderate the evening.

Ricky Kej, composer, producer and conservationist, won a Grammy in 2015 for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with South African flautist Wouter Kellerman, in the Best New Age Album category. The project, his 14th studio album, debuted at #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart in August 2014, a first for a person of Indian origin. His album Shanti Samsara - World Music for Environmental Consciousness was launched on November 30, 2015 at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the months since its launch, Kej has travelled widely speaking about conservation and the environment, including a visit to the Republic of Kiribati, where he interviewed three-term ex-president Anote Tong.  Kej has previously composed the soundtrack for four feature films in the Kannada language, and is credited with over 3,000 placements for radio and tv jingles.  He also composed the music for the 2011 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony, held at Dhakka on 17 February 2011.  On April 26, 2016, Kej travelled to Jaipur, India, where he was named as goodwill ambassador for Save the Children's new global campaign, Every Last Child.[10] On July 18, 2016, Kej was awarded the Excellence and Leadership award as a global humanitarian artist at the first annual Novus Summit and performed excerpts from Shanti Samsara live in United Nations General Assembly Hall. Kej concluded his performance at the United Nations General Assembly by saying, "To end I want to state the obvious ... Climate change is real ... Climate change is human induced. Climate change is affecting us all ... and our actions affect countries on the other side of the world.”
Wouter Kellerman, globe-trotting flutist, composer and philanthropist,
received a 2015 Grammy® Award for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Kellerman’s next album Love Language debuted at # 1 on the World Music Billboard charts in its first week. Love Language draws influence from Senegal and Spain, Cuba and India, Greece and the United States. The album encapsulates the myriad ways that people connect on the topics of life and love — and the countless languages with which people speak of the universal connection that binds them one to another. In the spirit of Love Language, all proceeds from album sales go to the SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa. Kellerman has also been recognized at home, most recently winning three SAMA’s (South African Music Award, equivalent to the American Grammy®) in 2015 to add to his previous wins in 2010 and 2011, reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians.  He won first prize in the Instrumental category of the USA Songwriting Competition for his song “Soweto Travels,” track 11 on the new Symphonic Soweto, A Tribute to Nelson Mandela, featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir.
Eric V. Hachikian is an Armenian-American composer, whose music has been hailed by the New York Times as "lovely and original." His work can be heard in a variety of major motion pictures (When We First Met; The Place Beyond The Pines; The Wrestler) and network television shows (Netflix's Marco Polo; NBC’s Superstore; ABC's Mixology & Revenge; Fox/Hulu's The Mindy Project; HBO's Entourage; Showtime's Homeland). As Creative Director and co-founder of Soundcat Productions, a boutique music company with studios in New York City and Los Angeles, Eric has written and produced music for numerous ad campaigns.  He has also written for Off-Broadway Productions. and his compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Pops Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and The Getty in Los Angeles.

VOYAGE TO AMASIA is a feature-length documentary based on Eric's piano trio of the same name. Amasya, Turkey is the city where Eric's grandmother, Helen Shushan, only 40 days old, was borne by her family as they fled the Genocide. When Helen passed, Eric wrote Voyage to Amasia as an imagined musical journey with his grandmother to a place that was important for both of them, but that they only knew through passed down stories. The filmmakers then traveled throughout Turkey and Armenia, including Amasya, following the path of Eric's family exile. The film traces a path through the past, tracing Helen's story, capturing the voices of present-day citizens of Turkey and Armenia, and revealing how the Armenian Genocide affects Turkey, Armenia, and the Armenian Diaspora today.


The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: World Music, Social Change - Elizabeth Rose Elizabeth Rose’s songs have been featured in tv, film and on stage.  Relative Pitch, her one-woman musical comedy, was produced Off Broadway by the Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Program. Rose’s memoir Yo Miz! (1 Teacher + 25 Schools = 1 Wacky Year) won three indie awards. A member of the NY SCL Steering Committee. Rose is currently composing a new musical for stage.   

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Registration will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 24th.
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