Music and the Earth
Music has the power to celebrate life. Music is experienced by the whole body rather than by just the cerebral cortex; it can offer a universally accessible medium to carry the voices and the beauty of the wild into people's lives, to elicit a sense of wonder, and to awaken a spirit of involvement in the natural world, and a deeper sense of relatedness to other cultures and creatures. In this way it can help build a constituency for wider political and social change by shifting the perspective and experience of one individual, and one community, at a time.
MUSIC FOR THE EARTHMusic for the Earth was founded in 1976 by musician Paul Winter as a way of using the power of music to achieve conservation, social justice and other ends.
Music for the Earth's activities include:
Music for the Earth partners with educators, biologists, anthropologists, painters, film-makers, naturalists, and environmental activists to use music's unique power to extend the impact of their work or respective medium. The Foundation has successfully worked around the world using music to build bridges between cultures and nature, and has supported environmental causes and campaigns from Japan and Siberia to the Canyonlands of the US southwest. Current Music for the Earth projects under development include Flyways and EarthChild.
Paul Winter, Music for the Earth Founder and Director
A pioneer of world music, Paul Winter has won 7 Grammy Awards for his unique genre of "earth music", which interweaves the voices of "the greater symphony of the wild" with instrumental voices from classical, jazz and indigenous traditions of the world, introducing people to the variety of species and ecosystems on earth through the beauty of sound. He has dedicated his life's work to celebrating and strengthening the relationship between individuals, culture and the environment.
Flyways is a musical celebration of the migration of half a billion birds along the Great Rift Valley from Eurasia through the Middle East to South Africa and back. Flyways will chronicle this extraordinary journey, using music of the cultures of the 22 countries over which the birds fly, interwoven with the actual voices of migrating birds, including cranes, eagles, bee-eaters, thrush nightingales, and many others. "Migrating birds know no boundaries" is the theme for the project, which involves musical collaborations across cultures, concerts, a CD/DVD, and an educational program to raise awareness, awaken awe and wonder, promote peace, and assist the work of a range of local conservation and cultural organizations throughout the region. The Flyways project also supports efforts to designate the Great Rift Valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bringing together in common cause the 22 states of the Great Rift Valley.
EarthChild is an album project dedicated to the next generation. The music of EarthChild interweaves the extraordinary voices of the wild with the voices of soulful musical instruments from cultures throughout the world. It offers beauty, mystery and diversity to children as a way of encouraging an affinity for life and a sense of reverence for a natural world from which too many of our children are increasingly alienated.