ICD, museum, and visa services
Yesterday, I toured the Pergamon Museum. The depictions of musicians from throughout history moved me deeply. I saw friezes depicting musicians from 4,000 years ago in Babylonia; another frieze showing Assyrian musicians following soldiers from 2700 years ago; Mughal paintings of musicians at a Muslim court from 300 years ago; and an 800-year-old ceramic plate showing a rubab player in Iran. This last was particularly affecting, as the rubab is still played in Iran and Afghanistan. If anyone in Afghanistan says "Muslims don't play music," I can show them the picture I took of that plate.
While checking email here in Braunschweig, I read this article about the important work done by Tamizdat in bringing musicians to the United States for cultural exchange. Thanks are due to Tamizdat for helping foreign artists navigate the labyrinthine US visa requirements.