William Harvey's thoughts about cultural diplomacy and news about Cultures in Harmony, the non-profit he founded in 2005.
- Name: William Harvey
- Location: San Juan, Argentina
violinist, violist, educator, composer, conductor, arranger, cultural diplomat
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Congratulations to Gulalai!
Congratulations to Gulalai Ismail, founder of Aware Girls, for winning the Commonwealth Youth Award for Asia! Cultures in Harmony partnered with Aware Girls on last month's project in Pakistan. Gulalai also got to meet HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Gulalai (center of photo) meets with HM Queen Elizabeth II after winning the award
Me with Gulalai after the CiH benefit concert for Aware Girls at Kuch Khaas in Islamabad, Pakistan, on February 1, 2015
Friday, March 06, 2015
Pakistani Passacaglia video now public
Thursday, March 05, 2015
From Okemos to Afghanistan and back: in 29 years!
In September 1986, I started learning violin with Cheryl Hudler at Okemos High School. I was almost 4 years old. On February 25, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan, I performed Raga Pillo with rubab and tabla. And yesterday, students at Okemos High School watched the video of that performance! Thank you to Okemos High School Orchestra Director and CiH project participant Joel Schut for arranging this!
Monday, March 02, 2015
Crossover performance from Kabul
Want to see 2 Afghan and 1 American musician go absolutely crazy—in an awesome way? Check out the brilliant, peerlessly charismatic rubab virtuoso Ramin Saqizada, the rock-solid tabla wizard Fraidoon Myayee, and myself on violin playing a version of Raga Pillo that starts with one of the most difficult Indian rhythms—9.5 beats!—and finishes with a teentaal (16-beat) section played at head-banging, neck-breaking velocity. Can I keep up with the fastest fingers to caress the rubab strings at near-light speed? Of course not...but I do try!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Iranian-American cultural diplomacy
It is great to see that Iran is engaging in cultural diplomacy by bringing jazz saxophonist Bob Belden and his group to play there, making them the first American musical group to tour Iran since the revolution. I hope they will be the first of many groups.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Video of Afghan song
American violinist William Harvey, who taught at Afghanistan National Institute of Music from 2010 to 2014, plays "Bia ke birim ba Mazar" in the ruins of Darulaman Palace—built during the 1920s and destroyed during the civil war of the 1990s—during a return visit to Kabul.