Jam session at Fasching
MIAGI and Sweden – quality music exchange and knowledge transfer filled with joy that breaks all boundaries
"MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey - with the Times " is a collaboration between the South African music education organization MIAGI (Music is a great Investment) , Fryshuset and Lilla Akademien. The Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson is also involved as "composer - in-residence."
The project is financed by Sida and operated under Partner Driven Cooperation, with the goal to continue to develop over the coming years. Ultimately it is about strengthening ties in music and through music between Sweden and South Africa.
As part of achieving the objectives five ‘Miagians’ ( MIAGI - musicians) visited Stockholm during the past week 4th to 9th November, with performance of cutting-edge jazz at the jazz club Fasching, and workshops and performances at Lilla Akademien and Fryshuset.
The week before, on 28th October to 3rd November violinist and founder of Lilla Akademien Nina Balabina and cellist Ulrika Edström surveyed teacher skills at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto, with the purpose to improve the quality of education. They also identified several aspiring teachers among MIAGI's younger musicians. There is a great need of highly professional and dedicated music educators in South Africa.
In early July 2014, the MIAGI Youth Orchestra with 100 classically trained musicians from all over South Africa will visit Sweden and perform during Almedalen Week and at several venues in Stockholm. It is part of the orchestra's extensive European tour to celebrate South Africa's 20 years of democracy. MIAGI will also give seminars showing MIAGI's performance and goals, that music strengthens the individual as well as the society, and build positive relationships between people regardless of ethnic background and social class.
MIAGI was founded in 2001 by the South African classically trained singer Robert Brooks and the Finnish classical pianist Ingrid Hedlund with support from South Africa's ministry of culture. The headquarters is located in Pretoria.