Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sailing Conductors

Captain and Crew

Meet the Sailing Conductors!

As you already know, One Bead has long term goals to implement the arts, music, and athletics into primary schools worldwide.  We believe that these elements play an essential role in motivating and inspiring students to learn and grow. So, how will we achieve this you might ask?

This is our first project:

Meet Ben Bart and Hannes Hafenklang.  As you are reading this they are sailing from Sydney to Berlin, stopping many times along the way, and recording as much music as possible.

Taken from their website:
Their beads made it safe and sound all the way to India!
"During our 2-year journey from Australia to Germany, we will record musicians from approximately 40 different countries and on all 5 continents. Over the course of time we will be able to put together a number of songs played by artists that never physically played together – since the recordings are temporally and spatially separated."

So how did One Bead get involved??
In 2010, my cousin Max spent a year in Australia where he met the Sailing Conductors. Max came home and told us all about their mission and our whole family was hooked! As I started working on One Bead I kept thinking about how cool it would be to somehow involve these guys and their amazing project. On a whim I decided to e-mail Benni about One Bead and see if there was anything we could do. His response was as follows: "... From there the plan is to sail to Madagascar and then further south to Cape Town. But this doesn't mean we couldn't catch a bus, buy a motorcycle or hitchhike to come to Kenya. That's a place I've wanted to see my whole life. So, yeah! We'll be there!" I got that e-mail in March and ever since the excitement has been building as we develop plans for the Sailing Conductors to visit Kenya. If everything goes according to plan, they will arrive sometime in November and spend a few days rehearsing at the Oloosirkon school with any students and members of the community that play an instrument. They will then have a concert featuring everything that has been rehearsed.

This will be an amazing opportunity for the students and an equally entertaining experience for everyone to watch via the video. It is crazy to think about all of the connections occurring WORLDWIDE that are going to make this possible. From Australia to the US to Germany and then's a small world.

So a special thank you to Benni and Hannes for being a part of our first of many projects involving the arts. Without them this would not at all be possible!

Bon Voyage


I am sure you are anxiously wondering where you can find more information on the Sailing Conductors and the answer is right here! :

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