Forest Jam Madagascar - with Olombelo Ricky & Matthias Abächerli

FOREST JAM

Message from Robert Trunz

Forest Jam Switzerland is a non profit organization and its members are mainly young musicians, students, parents, music teachers and friends who are supporting the cause.

FOREST JAM brings together different music forms and is teaching awareness of traditions and environmental backgrounds of various countries or continents.

On the musical side we encourage borderless collaborations with young and old, inexperienced and expierenced and to teach music that does not form part of the standard curriculum of our schools in Europe .

In July 2014, professional musicians from Switzerland, Madagascar and South Africa gathered for a week of making music together with some twenty young local musicians and students.


A 20 minute video clip of the events on You Tube
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKBUr1cRz8 )

As a result of the successful event there is a strong urge from everybody to take Forest Jam to Africa for a couple of projects in Madagascar 2015 and South Africa in 2016

For the April 2015 event we are gathering young European apprentices from mainly the music sector. FOREST JAM insists on a financial contribution from the apprentices which for the 2015 event means they have to pay for their own return flights and cost of visas.


THE MASTERS & THE SWISS APPRENTICES

Two master musicians from Madagascar and South Africa – Olombelo Ricky and Madala Kunene, head the musical part of the 2015 event.
Matthias and Fabio helped laying the foundations for the Madagascar FOREST JAM event.




PROJECT AFRICAN STRINGS AND SKINS
FOREST JAM offers a unique opportunity to a group of young students to be introduced to the teachings and to engage in collaborations with 8 Masters from Madagascar, Germany, South Africa and Senegal.

PROJECT Y-XCULTURE EXCHANGE

The Youth Cross Cultural Exchange takes place with local students in every stopping place the FOREST JAM team travels to.


ECLECTIC ELECTRONICA– LIVE DANCE MUSIFOREST JAM students take to the clubs with DJ, percussionists, bass players, vocalist, guitarists and traditional instrument players.



TREES FOR LIFE – THE FIGHT AGAINST MALNUTRITION
Environmental problems like deforestation or disappearing animal species in Madagascar are well publicised and attract growing eco tourism. However the main problem across the island remains malnutrition. For over two decades Olombelo Ricky campagnes in his country and has lectured at the Universities of Southampton and Munich for an increased spread of Moringa trees to help alleviate malnutrition in Madagascar.
https://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa



We hope to get the support from private sources, the Goethe Institut, Pro Helvetia and the Alliance Francaise.

please contact:
robert@forestjam.ch