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John McLaughlin at Al-Mada Association.

Al-Mada Solidarity Concert Featuring John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life,” said American jazz-drummer Art Blakey. Music has the power to cleanse, heal, transform, and recreate. Jazz, specifically, is a cultural tool that was created to fight oppression. Through improvisation and spontaneity, jazz literally creates new realities, pushes boundaries, and is the ultimate symbol of transforming painful experiences or oppressive circumstances into expressions of resistance and celebrations of life. Along these lines, Al-Mada uses the power of music and therapeutic processes to help the community creatively address and heal from the dust of on-going occupation and life challenges. We at Al-Mada are honoured to have a seasoned jazz musician join us for this important event.

Save the Date! On April 9, 2014, musician John McLaughlin will return to Palestine to perform in Ramallah at the Cultural Palace for a second solidarity concert to support Al-Mada Association for Arts-Based Community Development. All proceeds from this event will go to sustain Al-Mada’s ground-breaking work in the field of music therapy in Palestine. Specifically it will provide support to Palestinian refugees, the displaced, the oppressed, and violated children, youth, women, and those who work in the areas of child protection, early childhood development, inclusive learning for children with disabilities, and psychosocial support services in, but not limited to, schools and refugee camps.

Founded in 2009, Al-Mada uses expressive arts therapies, specifically music therapy, arts education and advocacy to advance self-expression, inclusion, healing, social justice, and advocacy. With its professional, committed staff, Al-Mada has provided services to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of diverse individuals, including youth in refugee camps, at-risk youth, violated women, former prisoners, and people with physical and mental disabilities.

John McLaughlin is an English, Grammy-winning, jazz fusion guitarist and songwriter whose work defies strict categorisation and continuously pushes musical boundaries. John is renowned for his cutting-edge work in world fusion music through Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, and Remember Shakti, all of which combine rock and jazz elements with classical Indian music, creating a unique and complex musical style that continues to inspire contemporary musicians.

John has recorded more than 40 albums and continues to travel the world, playing at major international festivals and top jazz clubs. His 2009 collaboration with jazz pianist Chick Corea, Five Peace Band, won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2010. He was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

The 4th Dimension is one of the many projects that John has worked on. The band’s first album, To the One, was released in 2010 and nominated for the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Their most recent album, Now Here This, was released in October 2012. Al-Mada, in partnership with UNRWA, is thrilled and honoured to host this outstanding group of musicians again in Palestine.

You can learn more about this remarkable artist at

Courtesy of Al-Mada Association for Arts-Based Community Development.

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