Spent the afternoon and evening with youth in Frisco discussing themes such as living a coherent life, balancing service with study, and how to integrate the arts into community building. The evening ended with a few songs shared by myself and some of the talented youth.
Was an honour to work with roughly 20 Junior Youth and Youth from the Rockwall neighbourhood on memorizing some of the quotes they had chosen to put to music. We reflected on the importance of eloquence, reverence, articulation, phrasing and style when it comes to putting the sacred writings of Faith to music. We were limited in space and time, but our hearts were full with excitement and enthusiasm. Seen here are youth in various areas of the house, putting their chosen Writing to music. Was so inspiring to see the creativity these youth possessed and their elevated contributions to understanding the role of arts and music in unifying our communities. Many thanks to the de la Torre family for hosting so many friends and their families from the neighbourhood.
Got to catch up with some old friends from my year of service in the Baha'i World Centre after so many years, and they were gracious enough to host me and arrange a concert at the Oklahoma Baha'i Centre, a beautiful repurposed church in the University District.
Many thanks to Negeen Sobhani for the beautiful photos.
Was able to participate in a couple Ayyám-i-Há celebrations in the Houston Area including the childrens' festival pictured below. I also got to perform at a Fundraiser at the Baha'i Centre. I didn't get any photos from the performance but here is a picture of the really amazing mural on the outer wall of the centre, painted by non other than Weah.
The Zamora family hosted a wonderful house concert in their backyard, with over 60 guests. It was a beautiful night out doors, full of friendship, food, and good conversation.
Sharing music and stories at the Baton Rouge Baha'i Centre.
Was also lucky enough to have a talented percussionist, Asghar Naqvi, join me on stage. The music sounded so much better with him on board. Made me wish I could have my very own ensemble tour with me wherever I go.
Had the special opportunity to share some music and insights at the annual Blue Bonnet Baha'i Conference in Austin, Texas.
Many thanks to (c) Randall L. Ricklefs, 2017 for some of these photos.
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Had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with some youth in Nanaimo, BC, who were studying book 1 and wanted to gain some skills in memorizing the Baha'i writings through music. Later that evening the youth were able to share their new original melodies at a house concert I was performing at. It was so lovely to see their innate capacity and enthusiasm to create and share their work.
Playing at the monthly Artesia coffeehouse in the beautiful coastal town of Sechelt, BC, amongst some favoured local musicians.
Performing at the Portland Baha'i Centre.
Many thanks to the friends and Local Spiritual Assembly who helped organise and support the event.
I had the privilege of working with some of the most talented youth in Vancouver, on behalf of the Vancouver edition of Baha'i Blog Studio Session . Here are some photos from our full recording day at Blue Light Studios. Many thanks to the youth and staff at Blue Light for offering their time and working so tirelessly with the utmost joy <3
Big thank you to Jason Snyder for capturing these beautiful shots of what will forever be remembered as a most special night, where my friends and family came together in celebration our latest work, Daughters of the Kingdom, of which so many of you were a part of creating <3
Seen here playing at the Jensen family home for some new friends from various regions in Southern Ecuador.
It was a treat to participate in SoulFood, originally an initiative that started in Melbourne, Australia by two friends roughly 10 years ago, that found its way to Quito, Ecuador. It was a cool experience to have played in both locations and to see how far the project had come. I also had the opportunity to join the 19 day feast in Quito and sing for the friends.
Met with the AirBnB host of some friends for prayers and reflections in Cusco, Peru.
I had the opportunity to meet and perform for Junior Youth and their families in the San Miguel district of Lima, Peru.