In summer of 2012, 35 artists from 9 countries came together to explore the role of the expressive arts to transform conflict and build equal social relationships across differences. Over the course of 10 days through a partnership between Seeds of Peace and the Transcendence Project, these artists and educators shared and uncovered their multiple narratives, while also developing educational tools to address the psycho-social needs of youth in places of conflict and systemic injustice. A cumulative performance of music, spoken word, visual arts, and theater showcased their co-creations, bearing witness to multiple narratives, and personal and collective struggles and triumphs for home and freedom. This album is the continuation of that performance through a two-year, multi-location recording and music production process spanning across the United States, Germany, India, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. Each song has a story. Each musician has a story. By interweaving the two, we recognize the humanity and dignity within each of us, and our responsibility as educators and artists to make the road by walking.
We Make the Road by Walking -- The journey is long, and perhaps never-ending. This is the essence of co-creation, a process always moving, shaped by its surrounding realities while also shaping its environment to create what did not exist before. We Make the Road By Walking is a sonic glimpse into the lives of educators and artists living amidst conflict and systemic injustice seeking to challenge what is deemed permanent and unchangeable within ourselves and our communities. This album symbolically represents the necessary journey of recognition, dignity, and humanization to realize a just peace. Though we are not there yet as violence, fear, occupation, and inequality persist, we invite the listener to open their ears to hear the untold stories and witness the humanity and dignity within each of us. It is from here that we all can make the road by walking. Join us.
released November 26, 2015
Recording: Ami Yares, Tamer Omari, Gavri-Tov Yares, Avi Salloway, Manar Zimmo, Ghassan Birumi, Mohammad Taha, Micah Hendler
Kela Sappir, Yoram Bitton, Aaron Shneyer, Gulan Kripalani
Hadass Aharon, Shamou, Emilia Dahlin, Shoshana Gottesman
Mixing: Ami Yares
Mastering: Alain Paul Mastering