So there are many new and exciting updates however I will start tonight’s blog with a photo of me and Wouter Kellerman, his manager Tholsi Pillay and my associate and friend Sangeeta Sharma. I was hired to help bring visibility to Wouter’s concert with Vincent Lyn at Carnegie Hall on October 4, just last month. They hired me 3 weeks before the concert as ticket sales needed a boost and I handled what I call KeyMedia Pubic Relations’s sprint campaign. That’s a last minute campaign to help create attention and even improve sales. I was crazy busy and wrote a press release which they really liked. I distributed it and I promoted as much as possible. We all worked very hard. I also did a bit of press around Wouter’s concert at The Grammy Museum with David Longoria. The Carnegie Hall concert sold-out with people waiting in line so we all were very pleased. and the concert was AMAZINIG!!! Sangeeta Sharma wrote a bit about the experience and here is her review. More from me in a bit!
Wouter Kellerman Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Saturday October 4, 2014
Review and Experience by Sangeeta Sharma
Saturday Oct 4th, I’m curled up in bed in my pajamas, prepped for a night of journaling and lyrical wanderings, when I get a call from a friend (Denise Marsa) inviting me out to Carnegie Hall.
World renowned flutist, Wouter Kellerman is in town having flown in just this week from South Africa. “Wouter who?” I say. She says I “MUST” hear him.
Ugh! Dilemma: It’s been a long week. I’ve been on the road. My brain hurts. I’m knackered. Should I sacrifice “me” time for a blind musical date?
I have a million reasons not to go but ultimately, they all sound lame. So off I go.
I arrive just a little after the show starts and am greeted by the most moving African voice. I can only describe it as the sound of the heart. It calls out with yearning for a response and quite simply, touches my soul.
Ok. Now I’m awake. I notice a small table on the stage covered with silver instruments. I’m curious to see how many Wouter will play. (Seriously, they are just sitting there teasing me). There are also some painted wellies (Galoches).
As the evening progresses, Wouter takes us all on a musical journey that is truly inspirational. A piece that chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela really takes my breath away. This is Wouter’s interpretation of how Mandela’s life may have sounded as a boy tending sheep, as a man fighting for freedom and finally as the beloved leader of a nation, free from the injustice of apartheid.
I feel deeply moved. Though I haven’t visited yet, I hear South Africa is an amazing place. I’m feeling glad to have at least experienced a sense of her sound.
I’m shocked to hear later that evening how a violent home invasion cost the life of Wouters’ father in 2013. It’s a reminder of a sad reality of life in South Africa today but more than that, a testament to an incredible musician who has chosen to share a peaceful beauty with our world through his music.
I wonder how many days must he have wanted to spend, hiding from the world? It’s a question many of us artists face after all. How do we take our suffering, our darkest moments and create something meaningful? Create anything?
I’m already blown away by Wouter’s music at this point, but this new information gives me a whole new perspective. Wouter’s choice is filled with light and joy and soul and of that I am in awe.
You “MUST’ hear him too. http://www.wouterkellerman.com http://www.windsofsamsara.com
Sangeeta Sharma (a.k.a. Samsera) is a Singer/Songwriter, Music, Technology & Adventure blogger based in NYC. @Samsera, Samsera.com
Cool, yes? Till next time TMM! aka DM