Can music make the difference?
Walt Disney Imagineering exposed to the world The Forbidden Band™ at their annual Ideation Event.
In a riveting performance met with thunderous applause, these musicians from Middle Eastern countries in direct conflict with one another…answered with an overwhelming "yes".
The band, which is the brainchild of multi-award-winning composer and musician Misha Segal, consists of first class musicians from areas of conflict and war, among them Israeli, Palestinian, Syrian, Egyptian, Iranian and Armenian nationals. That night they presented a concert of stirring, powerful music that not only delighted and united its audience, but cemented a brotherhood amongst the band members. These musicians, many of them politically 'forbidden' to share a stage, showed the world a different way. The result was wondrous.The music, a combination of ethnic influences interwoven with a traditional, western sound did what music at its best can do…unite its audience and its band members above nationality, politics and warring ideologies to find the joy in their common humanity.
This music, while an unusual combination of instrumentation and style, was uplifting and above all universally accessible. The stirring melodies and rhythms proved the harmonious power of music to transcend differences and inspire love.
Will you get involved?