Wednesday night President Obama told Jay Leno that in answer to the widening of the Panama canal we need to deepen our own ports, in order to keep up with the rest of the world. Not only is this incorrect and backwards looking, it is dangerous and the opposite of what protects our nation’s national security and economy. Bigger does not mean better or more efficient. And deepening means carving into the sea floor and literally undermining already unstable ecosystems. Anyone who has seen the upheaval of beach ‘nourishment’ can recognize that if we dig out our key ports, the resulting damage to our beaches alone represents an unacceptable option.
Deepening our ports is not a no-brainer step towards progress as Obama presented. Spread the word and stay tuned.
Come hear some awesome music! I’ll be playing cello (and a little bit of concertina!)
Sunday, August 25 at 6:30pm
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC (located at corner of 5th and K Streets)
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at anamasryband.brownpapertickets.com
Our previous concerts at Busboys & Poets SOLD OUT, so buy your tickets NOW!
The Ana Masry Band will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary Egyptian music with a program that weaves together national folklore and Islamic, Coptic and Nubian melodies, celebrating diversity and exploring shared musical traditions.
It’s July 18th 2013 – the fourth annual World Listening Day! How are you celebrating?
Check out and join what’s going on around the globe to -
· Celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
· Raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, World Listening Project, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
· Design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices
On March 21 I spoke at the National Academy of Sciences about the ocean being a world of sound. The program, called DASER, involved a panel discussion about the integration of arts and sciences. The theme for the evening was “water.”
The program was webcast live, and you can check out the archive here:
Diana Reiss just gave a TED talk – and dolphins presented too – check it out here
News is traveling around the world — here are some recent articles about The Listener underwater sculpture/science lab in Cancun, Mexico that Jason deCaires Taylor and I are collaborating on. We are looking to expand the project – stay tuned and spread the word! This is just the beginning.
Smithsonian Blog “All Ears! An Underwater Sculpture That Listens”
Environmental News Network “Art With Purpose: Underwater Edition”
GreenMuze “Underwater Sculptures”
Artist Blog “New Work 2012”
OceanMinds “Sculptor from the Deep”
DesignAlmiC “Silent Evolution”
Colourful Radio “Underwater Sculpture”
CW Interiors India “Dive Into Art”
According to the Mayan Calendar, this is an important time – the beginning of a new cycle, opportunities, changes. The Mayans I have talked with roll their eyes at the idea of a global apocalypse. But big changes? Sure.
Today – we seem to be still existing (but some calculate the change to happen on the 23rd rather than the 21st, so we’ll see!).
We have an opportunity here to reflect and to look ahead. How do we want to approach this new cycle?
Friday, November 17 at 7pm at Hunter College in New York City
Panelists: Chris Clark and Katy Payne
Moderator: Diana Reiss
Communication: What can animals tell us?
Chris Clark, Katy Payne
Moderator: Diana Reiss
All animals need to communicate, and the myriad ways that have evolved to do this are fascinating. In fact, we can learn a lot about how and why we developed our own language system by understanding how other species have evolved their own. Some species communicate with sound, others by smell, gesture, magnetism, facial expression, electricity or bioluminescence. Many, including us, communicate with a combination of different senses and affects. Unfortunately, it’s just our bad luck that we haven’t figured out a way to understand what the others are saying. However, large strides have been made in the past several years to bridge this gap and the results are often amazing, not to mention humorous.
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