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Violinist Mazz Swift Will Join the Multicultural Silkroad Ensemble at George Mason

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History’s Silk Road was a loose network of trade routes between Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Traveling such distances required not only understanding different cultures and languages, but also learning about those peoples’ music along the way. The Silkroad Ensemble, the brainchild of Yo-Yo Ma, brings together musical styles from around the world. The Grammy-winning group will perform “Uplifted Voices” at George Mason University Jan. 29. Join contributing writer Eric Althoff as he sits down with violinist Mazz Swift who shares details on the show, comprised entirely of women and nonbinary artists, as well as their own journey.

Rachel Burns: ‘Live for the Day and Be in the Now Because That’s Really the Only Way We Can Expand Time’

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A conversation with D.C.-based pop/soul artist Rachel Burns oscillates between joy, laughter (lots of it), and shedding of tears similar to the continuum of life and living. Burns is a classically trained musician, wife and mother, and breast cancer survivor. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she sits down with Rachel Burns to discuss her debut solo EP, “Living My Breast Life,” why she is proud to be a DMV artist, the turning point from despair to hope in her breast cancer journey, and why she believes humor is still the best medicine.

Debórah Bond: Creator, Educator, Inspiration

Debórah Bond

Debórah Bond’s origins are anything but typical. Bond was introduced to the performance arena by competing in public speaking and debate competitions. After not just competing, but often winning, she decided to use her voice to tell a story through music, and the rest is history. Learn more about Debórah Bond’s story with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych, including why Bond, a New Haven native, considers D.C. her true home, what gives her staying power in the industry, her advice to aspiring musicians, and the role outside of music performance that informs and inspires her art.

LaVance Colley: ‘Continue to Grow and Evolve No Matter How Much People Try to Make You Feel Like You Don’t Matter’

LaVance Colley

Los Angeles-based artist LaVance Colley is gifted with a voice that has the power to immediately stop listeners in their tracks. His sound is best described as “the fervor of a gospel vocalist with the versatility of jazz and the heart of rhythm and blues.” Learn more with contributing writer Cynthia Gross, including Colley’s favorite celebrity moment, advice for aspiring musicians, and the special message he would like to share in honor of Black History Month.

Rina Chanel’s Latest Single Is the ‘Sweetest of Melody’

Rina Chanel "Sweetest of Melody"

Recent Articles By Cynthia Gross https://youtu.be/tYHzgJ5d-EA This reading of Alchemical Records content is to provide a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. R&B artist and Virginia Beach native Rina Chanel recently […]

Karen Culi’s Near-Death Experience Inspires ‘Here We Are’

Recent Articles By Charlie Maybee D.C.-based rock musician and model Karen Culi recently released her new single, “Here We Are.” In the opening verse, she reveals that a near-death experience was the catalyst for the song’s creation with the line “I should have died but I survived.” Backed by a simple, driving backbeat, this is […]