Facilitating community development through sound & play
As a socially engaged artist, I devote myself to facilitate social change through the arts, sound and play. I want to support others to connect with their own self, the others and their communities using the power of music and the arts.
I am a Musicians Without Borders trainer and base my work over their principles and methodology. I also bring many multi-disciplinary elements to my practice like play, theatre, dance, performance and installation. Elements that I have acquired in trainings like the "Arts for Peace and Solidarity" from Kinderfreunde - Klaffer Austria: (Erasmus + European Commission) and my work with the associate members of the Play, Perform, Learn, Grow and the East Side Institute communities.
I use these methods to support individuals and communities that in many cases underwent significant stress because of refuge seeking, cultural clash, extreme poverty or social injustice. But I also work with teams and organizations to strengthen bonds, communication and belonging through workshops and trainings.
The workshops I design spin around subjects like:
Climate crisis action and nature conservation
Profound & Sound facilitates the creation of safe environments that enables self expression, creativity, belonging, leadership and problem solving as a group,
"Profound" stands for the deepest connection and "Sound" for the safety necessary to establish that connection. It's an experiment, it's never certain what will arise from human interaction, but I aim at making it as profound & sound as possible.
Interested in one of my workshops or trainings at your organization, community or team? Let's discuss the details and tailor a special activity based on your needs.
Organizations that trust my work
Samples of my work
Together with the Songs For Rights Team I worked with children from an asylum seeker living complex in Berlin. In this week long songwriting workshop the kids got the chance to express themselves with regards to the children's rights. You can feel in this video how the kids got empowered by writing their own song and recording their own video! This process was so amazing!
Songs for Rights Project: And here's the end result! Listen to the song!
This workshop was based on the recognition of the self, the other and the collective creation as a community development experiment. The Workshop was recorded at PPLG 2019 conference in Thessaloniki Greece
In this workshop we worked with young people from many different backgrounds to explore and experiment with the concept of democracy. We used many different musical and playful situations where we didn't rationalise upon the concept but we lived it through self expression.
Together with Kirsten Gerritsen, Anan AL-Kadamani and Pim van der Mijl we are developing a space to share experiences and talents through music. Diffusing the line that divides musicians from audience, trained musicians and non-musicians concert hall and community space and many other opposites. We want to turn around how the traditional jam session works and create an environment where the multiculturally richness of the city of Utrecht blends with its people!
"Building Belonging Through the Recognition of the Other" was the name I gave to the workshop I was invited to give to the 1st year students of social work of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
The workshop had as a goal, to show the students how integrating music in their practice can create a big impact on communities and on the social worker.
To see my comments about the workshop click here.
As part of a research project and inclusive work on friendship during the harshness of armed conflict, I ran a 1 year long series of interviews with refugee kids residing in Germany. Based on those stories we co-created this song.
With the Stadtteilorchestra Eichholz we created this song about the feeling of having a new home. After the pain of fleeing home and living all behind, there is a bright future possible.
I facilitated the communal work in the orchestra as a safe space for creativity for local kids and asylum seeking kids.
There I conducted a series of interviews and collectively created the lyrics and I wrote the music and produced the song.