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Thanks Andrius!!/welcome Monika and wonderful work!!

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  • Janet Feldman
    Hello Dear Andrius, Monika, and All, Wonderful to hear from you, and immense thanks to you too, Monika!! And welcome to this forum!! I m delighted to see this
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 26, 2006
      Hello Dear Andrius, Monika, and All,
      Wonderful to hear from you, and immense thanks to you too, Monika!! And welcome to this forum!! I'm delighted to see this longer list of performers, and if you can get me info in the next few days (or a translated press release), I might be able to add them to the article. Not sure, as Andy's dad is quite ill and he is needing to be with him (ie I have sent this article for him to post, and if he does so between now and the time I get further info, I won't be able to ask him to do it again with new info).
      If I don't add this info, I might be able to send a short addendum which will be posted separately. Or, write an article up for the site post-event, listing everyone and describing the fabulous time had by all, haha!! Which I'm sure will be no joke!
      We are deeply grateful and very excited about this fantastic event, and look forward to many conversations both now and in future, as well as to making beautiful music together!! Janet
      Thank you for such a beautiful article!  You're a great promoter!

      Here's a longer list of the musicians who will perform:
      - Algirdas Zokaitis
      - Viktorija
      - Remis "Tanaka"
      - Nikodemas
      - Afroband
      - Jacky
      - J.B. Willit

      Monika Jasinskaite is organizing and promoting our concert.  Her phone
      number is +370 (683) 49423 and email is jasinskaite att yahoo dott com
      and she is with us here, too!  She's written up a press release in
      Lithuanian:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/talka/message/3


      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      +370 (699) 30003
      Vilnius, Lithuania

      Janet Feldman wrote:

      > Dear Andrius, Plazi, Jacky, and All,

      > Fantastic email on an important subject!  A very BIG welcome to Plazi
      > and Jacky, and wonderful to hear that you are all using "music to make
      > a difference"!  This is happening with many musicians and orgs on an
      > HIV/AIDS theme, and others related to the Millennium Development
      > Goals. To help address suicide and divorce are such invaluable goals,
      > and I look forward to discussing this approach to creativity and
      > addressing human challenges in a way which both educates and illuminates.

      > Below see the news story abt the One World Beat event which Andrius
      > has helped to organize, with Plazi participating. We'll be with you in
      > spirit on that night, and greatest thanks for your support and
      > participation. With artistic admirations and blessings, Janet

      > ps Jacky, are you from the now DRC, or ROC?  I have some friends in
      > both places we might link up with, using arts among other means to
      > address HIV/AIDS and the effects of war and poverty.

      > **
      > *Andrius: *Plazi introduced me to Jacky Mulumba of Zaire, another
      > musician here in  Vilnius.  Jacky has already achieved quite some
      > success here in Lithuania.  He has appeared on television.  He is with
      > us here, too.
      > **************************************************************************
      > On May 6th, starting at 7pm at the Balti Drambliai ("White Elephant")
      > Cafe in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Minciu Sodas Laboratory ("Orchard of
      > Thoughts", at www.ms.lt <http://www.ms.lt>) has organized a
      > multicultural menu of musical and artistic talent, including American
      > JB Willit, Plazi and Afroband (from Togo, Liberia, and Nigeria), and
      > Lithuanian sculptor-poet Algirdas Zokaitis, among others. There will
      > be an open mic, and all are encouraged to bring drums!

      > The Cafe, located at Vitalius Perkauskas, Vilniaus g. 41 in Vilnius,
      > is at +370 (5) 262 0875 (telephone), and see www.baltidrambliai.com
      > <http://www.baltidrambliai.com> or write to info@...
      > <mailto:info@...> for more information. The musicians
      > themselves can be reached at +370 (608) 70684 (spokesperson, JB
      > Willit) or +370 (603) 306286 (program director, Plazi). And concert
      > organizer, Andrius Kulikauskas (head of Minciu Sodas), can be reached at
      > +370 (699) 30003, Grudu g 6, Vilnius LT-11306, ms@... <mailto:ms@...>.

      > JB Willit, a native of Oakland, California, is a metalsmith, mason,
      > glassblower, and musician, whose musical influences include Tool,
      > Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Bjork, Annie
      > Lennox, Black Sabbath, and Bob Marley. There is no more moving tribute
      > to JB, as both a person and artist, than the one his brother, Richard,
      > has posted at http://people.tribe.net/jbwillit.

      > He writes: "JB is my brother and there are many things I like about
      > him, but the biggest thing I admire is that--when life has hit him
      > hard and knocked him down--he gets right back up and starts the good
      > fight for life again. JB is a very talented mason and musician:  the
      > two occupations may not seem to go hand in hand, but I have worked
      > with him and what he can do with bricks, stones, and mortar is an art
      > in itself. I have watched him compose and sing: his knowledge, skill,
      > and artistic sensitivity in performing his music reminds me of Johnny
      > Cash (just a different kind of music), because he has had to teach
      > himself while going down a very rough road of life."
      > Plazi, originally from Togo, is the lead singer of Afroband--one of
      > the most talked-about new groups in Lithuania--who say they are hoping
      > to create a Lithuanian fusion music, based in part on the rhythms of
      > West Africa. Afroband has played on national TV and at Lithuania's
      > Independ ence Day celebrations, has been played on the
      > radio--providing the music for a political talk show about
      > immigration--and has jammed live with some of Lithuania's most popular
      > musicians.
      > The band was born in the Pabrade Centre for Immigrants, home at the
      > time for its four members, who arrived here from Liberia, Nigeria, and
      > Togo. In a country whose population is overwhelmingly white, it is
      > rare to see a black person, even in Vilnius. Plazi says that he thinks
      > exposure to Afroband's music is changing some people's minds about
      > immigrants to Lithuania, and that their popularity is a sign of
      > change, as the country--which is for the first time receiving
      > immigrants from across the world--starts to embrace other cultures as
      > part of its own. For more see
      > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4723268.stm.

      > During the concert, Minciu Sodas will be hoping to sign up interested
      > people for the work of its online laboratories, among these being the
      > working group Holistic Helping (in English)--led by OWB News Director,
      > Janet Feldman--which seeks to learn how we can create local and global
      > ripple effects as we help each other
      > (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping). And Talka (in
      > Lithuanian), led by Zenonas Anusauskas, to learn how we can
      > collectively manifest our creativity
      > (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/talka).

      > This is the second year Minciu Sodas has participated in One World
      > Beat:  in 2005, members organized a joint Lithuanian-Austrian "drums
      > and bells" event to celebrate the first day of spring--the original
      > Earth Day--which occurred during the festival. We thank them for
      > donating their time and talents, for their caring, and for their
      > invaluable work, which illuminates, inspires, and truly makes a
      > difference.

      > http://www.globalvillages.info/index.php/TheResourceToolshed/HolisticHelping
      > Please note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group
      > enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise.  Thank
      > you!  http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org

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