An educational intiative aimed at empowering and educating students in underserved communities by allowing them to develop and enhance their skills through the study of contemporary music was launched by director/producer Martin Shore and Berklee City Music Education, according to HuffingtonPost.com.
To launch the project, cross generational award-winning artists united last Thursday at the Apollo Theater (in NYC) including STAX legend William Bell, Grammy Award nominees Otis Clay and Bobby Rush, legendary house band Hi Rhythm Section, Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone and Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison.
Shore’s historic feature documentary, “ Take Me to The River” aims to educate and inspire a new generation of young people about the musicians and social context surrounding the civil rights movement. Inspiration was sourced from exploring the influence of cross-generational collaborations and inter-racial musical influences portrayed in a new music project documented during a crucial chapter in the history of American popular music in Memphis and the Mississippi Delta.
“We are looking at ways to broaden and sustain our efforts further,” said Shore.
Being based out of LA, Take Me To The River would absolutely love to have the opportunity to be included in the LA Public Schools curriculum in the same way we are now in the New York City Public Schools curriculum.”