Today’s date is also apt to mention a quote from Steve Jobs “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
This very much applies to the thoughts behind “Singing for Greener Tomorrow”, Our vision and mission is to create a platform to generate awareness about our environment and use music as a vehicle to bring communities together. How different could this be, from all the initiatives that the government, non-profits and others have undertaken for the environment?
1. Singing Platform and Green Vision are two different Worlds; our effort is to bridge these two worlds to cross promote the benefits, bringing a fresh perspective to the people (from either population).
2. Music is in the nature; preserving one will help preserve the other.
We have taken a leap of faith and following our heart, similar to what Steve Jobs mentioned. All of us in the starter team come with diverse backgrounds in our professional life and what brought us together was a sense of volunteerism and appreciation of world cultures.
In silicon-valley we have always noticed that different cultures come together within their own communities and there are very few avenues to cross share and learn from each other. We are striving towards breaking those barriers and capitalize on this opportunity of living in a multi cultural environment.
Our environment does not belong to one single culture or a country, but it belongs to the world and for that matter it belongs to every culture and every country. It is our collective responsibility to protect our environment.
Talented bands performing on stage and showcasing their music and culture is a first step towards creating the awareness. We believe that music is probably the only way that can bring communities together and we will be able to get our message across, and soon the goodness will spread to other places of USA or the world for that matter.
We would like to thank you for being part of the process and that starts with you being inquisitive about what we are trying to do at www.singingrecord.com . But this is just the beginning for all of us and just an evening show of music is not the end of our vision.
Nov 4th , 2011 - is the day when we take the ship to water and continue our journey. We want you to be our ambassadors and share the same beliefs that we have. If you are a musician, we want you to succeed in your musical career by showcasing your talent in a multi cultural environment. That’s because, if you succeed, we succeed, since you will carry our vision and share it with others.
We have made arrangements to do the live professional recording (audio) of the show on Nov 4th and plan to launch audio albums, titled “Singing for Greener Tomorrow – Live in Concert Series” and our promise is that all net proceeds from the album download will be given away to charities involved in saving our planet.
We expect people from diverse cultural background to come and attend this event. We would appreciate if you could also spread the message across to all your friends in your community.
We are also working on a pledge that we will provide financial help from our events to non-profits that are partnering with us, since we believe that giving it back to society is the only way we can have our vision fulfilled.
And as Steve Jobs said, “And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. “ – Yes we are following our heart and intuition.
We have a great line up of performers who are respected:
Pura Mezcolanza is a Berkeley-based quintet that serves up a delicious mix of Afro-Cuban son, Brazilian bossa nova, Mexican ranchera, and Latin jazz. The 5 members (Dominic Cabrera, percussion, Michael Crager, piano, Jane Lenoir, flute, Ingrid Rubis, lead vocals, Eugene Warren, bass) move effortlessly between styles, bringing out new colors in each. Listenable and danceable, the group's music is a treat for the ears and the feet!
The Jesse Charles Band is a 5- to 7-piece dance band that has entertained hundreds of satisfied clients and crowds in the San Jose / San Francisco area for over 20 years. Playing hits from Classic Rock to Old-School R&B to the latest Pop Hits, The Jesse Charles Band will keep you out on the dance floor all night!
Saampan is a group of music enthusiasts who are mostly full time working people in the high tech world of Silicon Valley. The word "Saampan", in Chinese, means a small, flat-bottomed boat. Our band aspires to embark on a journey of music, melody and harmony that will take us away from the humdrum and monotony of daily life and help us find musical release.The band was formed in late 2004 and has morphed significantly since then. The group performs Bangla (a language spoken in Bangladesh and one eastern region of India) songs drawing from the rich heritage of Bangla folk music that also influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Bob Marley.
Korean Music band K-Group, is a group of Korean hi-tech professionals in Silicon Valley, mostly IT-engineers. They will bring to us contemporary Korean music.
World Music Band , is a group of talented musicians bringing crossover fusion music from both East and West. Saxophone: Bob Olson, Cajon: Mark Koperweis, Sarode: Ben Kunin, Flute: Kerry Kruger and vocalists: Manidipa and Malini
Rebekah Uyleman -Rebekah has an amazing voice for her age, she has been performing since she was a little child. Come listen to her perform and provide your support. She is going to be on the big stage performing with other talented musicians and bands. She is our future and she took up the challenge to come forward and give her voice for her future and our future - i.e. for our environment. She will be accompanied on the guitar by Sanjay Saxena
SPECIAL SPEAKER We have the great privilege to have Dr. Bill Quirk as our speaker on Nov 4th , Singing for a Greener Tomorrow - World Music Curtain Raiser. He will give a short introductory talk about "Making the Economy Green"- Developments in technology are making the cost of generating wind & solar energy more competitive with fossil fuels, but further technical breakthroughs are needed. When it is hot and California has it's highest electrical demand days, the wind does not blow. There is abundant sun, but solar energy peaks at 2PM and demand peaks 6PM. We will need a variety of technologies to meet this challenge including storage for renewable energy and peaker natural gas plants. Dr. Quirk will discuss the technologies being developed and the policies needed to support their development.
He was an engineering undergraduate at Columbia University, where he was a member of 3 National Champion fencing teams. He earned a PhD in Astrophysics at Columbia at the age of 24, then taught at Caltech, and managed a NASA research team that studied global warming. The Management Consulting Firm of McKinsey and Company recruited him because they needed people with a technical background particularly in computing. Later he became a corporate planner at Amdahl Corporation in Sunnyvale. He then settled into a career at Lawrence Livermore Lab, where he became an expert in nuclear weapons. His career highlights include playing a key role in the negotiation of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and producing research showing that the plutonium parts in nuclear weapons could be reused. The ability to reuse plutonium parts led to the shutdown of the Rocky Flats Plant Plutonium Parts plant near Denver, resulting in tens of billions of dollars savings to the US Government and saved nearby Denver from the threat of a nuclear accident.
Bill Quirk started taking responsibility early in his life as the oldest of 7 children in an Irish family that lived near Boston, Massachusetts. Bill’s dad was never home, so he became the surrogate father to his younger brothers and sisters. Bill learned then how important it was for his younger siblings to have someone to listen to their problems. It is this sense of compassion and responsibility that led him to become engaged in community life and a registered Democrat. His community volunteer and political work started in College has continued ever since.
Bill and his wife Laurel moved to the Hayward area in 1978. They chose Hayward because they loved being by the bay and the hills and because Hayward was a diverse community in income, race, nationality, language, and culture. Bill and Laurel have now been married for 40 years. They have raised two children. Their son Ian went to UC Berkeley and now works at PG&E, where he is involved in creating the future energy market. Their daughter Zephyr is a UC Santa Cruz graduate. She teaches history and is a counselor in a high school in Ukiah and is living a sustainable life style off the grid.
When Bill’s children went to Hayward Schools, he got involved. He volunteered at the school, became a PTA President and fought to improve his kids’ education. He became President of the Friends of the Library, Chair of the Hayward Library Commission, and Vice President of the Ohlone Audubon chapter. He has been to China and Japan on sister city visits and serves on the board of the Hayward Ghazni, Afghanistan Sister City Committee. He is a member of Hayward Rotary.Bill was elected to the Hayward City Council in 2004.
We are happy and proud to welcome "Rotary International - Rotary Club of Santa Clara", "Instant Karma" as our sponsor for our Nov 4th, 2011 Event - Singing for Greener Tomorrow - World Music Curtain Raiser
About Rotary Club of Santa Clara - From the formulation of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara in the spring of 1936 and its first meeting May 28, 1936 with 15 members in attendance, the club has been one of the stronger forces in the field of Mission City community service. Under the first club president, the late G.F. (Bake) Bacon, to the present term of the 73nd president, Bill Carver, the Rotary Club of Santa Clara has long been honored as one of the top service clubs in Santa Clara County.
In addition to making major financial contributions to the welfare of their city, Santa Clara Rotarians have played a strong role in fostering the philosophy of Rotary International toward helping create a better life for underprivileged men and women throughout the world over.
About Instant Karma - is a premier bay area marketing and event management firm that provides end-to-end marketing, branding and event management solutions. Instant Karma Promotions specializes in conceptualizing, organizing, marketing and managing events of varied magnitude all over USA. IK also serves as a Marketing Platform for various Silicon Valley Startups and South Asian Companies. The unique marketing solutions provided by IK enables various marketing agencies, entertainment companies, event managers to promote and manage their brand and events in Bay Area. IK Promotions has successfully organized and marketed over 250 events over the course of 4 years. Instant Karma specializes in serving the youth and Bollywood Patrons with magnificent entertainment each month. Instant Karma has organized events with top Bollywood Celebrities and successfully hosted major Bollywood parties, Fashion Shows, live shows with celebrities, and charity events for past four years in Bay area and promoted various concerts in bay area. Instant Karma has generated revenue for various entertainment companies through their end-to-end marketing solutions.
OUR NON-PROFIT PARTNERS
Save the Frogs - The mission of SAVE THE FROGS is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. It is also America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation.
Induz is a non-profit organization with a vision to connect people and cultures across the globe through the arts. Their motto "Where Art Meets Heart" is to share different art forms with various people and cultures, thereby uniting and empowering them. Induz, through its international experience providing art instruction to underprivileged children, understands the need for children’s art programs and has seen first-hand the long lasting impacts on the lives of the children the program serves, their families, and the people around them. Induz’s dream, to share its love of art and provide it to those who don’t have it, is a personal one, and comes straight from the heart.
SPANDANA, In Aug 2005, a group of like-minded individuals came together to think of ways in which they could be of help to the society. Although, the consensus was to do something in our respective home towns/villages/cities, we were not very sure how to execute. As a start, we responded to support the needy people based on published articles on internet editions of Indian newspapers. Gradually we realized the difficulties of executing the projects in India remotely from USA. This led to exploring the possibility of tie-ups with non-profit organizations both in India and USA to help us in efficient execution of the different projects in our home towns. However, our search resulted in a conclusion that there was no entity with grass roots presence to help us in executing the charitable projects in India and we strongly felt the need to establish an organization withgrassroots in the community
OUR MEDIA PARTNER
KZSU STANFORD RADIO 90.1 FM – ITS DIFF
itsdiff is a 501 3(C) non profit organization operating from San Francisco bay area, strives to help promote culture, create awareness on preserving cultural heritage and social values and serve the community. Itsdiff blends news, views and music together via a weekly radio show from KZSU stanford 90.1 FM via since 2005, 6 - 9 am pacific time actively engaging with audience in sharing views, information, conducts interview of eminent personalities who had served the community in all walks of life.
EVENT: SINGING FOR GREENER TOMORROW – WORLD MUSIC CURTAIN RAISER
DATE: NOV 4TH, 2011 6:00 PM ONWARDS
TICKET PRICE: ONLY $10 - part of the proceeds will be given away to non-profits on stage
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