To Support Music Freedom Day 2015

As always it was my pleasure working with Free Muse and Impossible Music Sessions to celebrate March 3rd, Music Freedom Day, this time in New York City.

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The National Coalition Against Censorship, Freemuse and Spectrum presented a listening party and live performance showcasing the work of at-risk, banned, and imprisoned musicians and composers from around the world. The event took place on March 3, a day that got celebrated as Music Freedom Day at related events in Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Norway, and elsewhere.

The event included a pre-premiere screening of an excerpt of “They Will Have To Kill Us First,” a documentary about the brutal suppression of music in Mali.

Visitors were invited to sample a collection of recordings of suppressed music and personally connect to artists through virtual portal. Live performances included The Casualty Process, Ravenact (an NYC/Berlin duo) and a the NYC/Florida trio Burton/Beeferman/Cochrane. The evening also featured remarks by hosts Svetlana Mintcheva, director of programs for the National Coalition Against Censorship, and Austin Dacey, creator of the Impossible Music Sessions.


March 3 has been designated Music Freedom Day by Freemuse, an international human rights organization based in Copenhagen. According to Freemuse, the purpose of the day is to recognize and support persecuted, imprisoned and at-risk musicians composers.” Since 2007, more than 100 partners and volunteer organizers in 36 countries have joined in marking Music Freedom Day. More at