I was fortunate to be invited to a private event this weekend that featured a new global documentary called the World Symphony for Peace. This documentary has been launched by a close-knit group of music industry professional from the Minneapolis region and explores the power of music to cross-culture and promote collaboration. The documentary follows Morris Hayes, keyboardist for Prince, on his world tour of connecting and composing with musicians all around the world. The evening was hosted at the offices of a local digital consulting agency and gathered an intimate audience for the live performance featuring stories and music that will appear in the documentary. Morris opened the performance with both original compositions and some songs he had performed with Prince. During the break between each song, Morris would provide stories about his life, early bands, and how he met Prince and eventually became a part of his band. The show also featured some guest performances from fellow musicians and youth performances from friends. As the evening continued we were treated to images and stories of travels and collaborations with other musicians around the world and live performances of the, yet to be released, tracks that will be in the documentary movie and album. The music was rich and innovative as it was a product of people that came from different cultures, languages, generations, and musical styles. These original compositions demonstrated the potential of what could be created and the power of music unite peoples. I look forward to following the continued work on this documentary as their tour continues to other destinations around the globe and the eventual release of the movie and album. This is a very innovate project in terms of what they are creating and the approach they are taking to connect people from around the world. This story is also a great case study of innovation and pivoting after an unexpected disruption. With the passing of the artist Prince, his band members had to choose a new path forward and re-invent themselves. How would they continue in not only their careers but in the contribution they would continue to make to the world.
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See event photos in the Gallery