I'm thrilled to announce that next Wednesday, November 4th I'll be embarking on a US State Department- sponsored tour for American Music Abroad, a program "designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences." The Gabrielle Stravelli Ensemble will represent jazz and the Great American Songbook and features pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Pat O'Leary and drummer Jordan Young. We'll be teaching and performing throughout Moldova, Azerbaijan, Slovenia and Malta- and we'll be jamming and playing with local musicians using our music and their traditional music as well- something we are VERY excited about.
I'll be blogging about the experience as we go so check in here and on my FB page: facebook.com/GabrielleStravellimusic for regular updates. Hopefully, there'll be strong coffee in every country so I can form some cohesive thoughts. ;)
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