World Symphony for Peace featuring Morris Hayes

World Symphony for Peace

I attended my second Morris Hayes concert featuring new songs for a global documentary called the World Symphony for Peace.  It was held on February 10th, 2018 at a private residence in Chanhassen Minnesota.  It was also streamed live on Facebook to attendees tuning in around the world.
The team is currently traveling around the globe composing new songs through collaborations with global artists.   The documentary follows Morris Hayes,  keyboardist for Prince, on his quest to promote world peace through collaboration and the bridge of music.  It is also an amazing story of responding to the loss of Prince by this tight-knit group of collaborators to continue spreading the vision of peace through music.
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The event followed a similar format to the debut show I attended last winter.  That write-up and images can be seen here:  Opening show
This event also featured new songs that combined a string quartet that performed live arrangement with Morris Hayes on the keyboard playing to images and clips filmed for the documentary.   The format varied between storytelling of the journies and with songs that were created in those locations.
It has been a fantastic opportunity to meet the people involved with this initiative and to be able to catch several live performances as the group travels to see the progress in both the music and the message.   This journey is far from over, so I encourage people to get engaged and support this initiative.
To learn more about the documentary visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tuneintopeace/posts/

Their website continues to be updated since its launch and contains videos of several of the new compositions.

See event photos in the Gallery

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Prince Keyboardist, Morris Hayes

World Symphony for Peace

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.
To learn more about the documentary visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tuneintopeace/posts/

 

See event photos in the Gallery