Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Carrie Newcomer (Supporter of Interfaith Anti-Hunger Efforts) to Perform in Corrales on Sunday

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer--who will be performing in Corrales, New Mexico, on Sunday--is one of the more than a dozen artists who have joined the Bread for the World Institute and Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days Movement to educate communities and advocate for policy change in the U.S. to end hunger at home and abroad and give every child the chance to thrive.

Newcomer's piece, Breathe In, Breathe Out, (featuring Amjad Ali Khan), is one of 14 songs in the CD Songs for 1,000 Days.

In this clip, Newcomer sings the song "Work of Our Hands."

Benefit for Indiana Interfaith Hunger Initiative in 2011
Newcomer, a folk musician who started her career as a teenager singing in coffee houses and restaurants, also released the CD "Everything is Everywhere" in 2011 as a benefit for the Indiana Interfaith Hunger Initiative (IHI), an organization that includes faith leaders and laity of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Sikh congregations.“As I’ve toured India, Africa and the Middle East, I’ve recognized a growing awareness that all of us are very much interconnected,”Newcomer told The Albuquerque Journal.“Everywhere I go, I sense and see how small a world we really live in.”  Read article entitled Hope isn't a Hallmark card.

"Yes, Carrie is wonderful.  She approached the IHI about working together on the Everything is Everywhere project,:" said David Miner, IHI volunteer executive director.  "Together we were able to get some foundation funding for much of her expenses for the project.  Then they did two concerts and donated from the CD sales."

Newcomer collaborated with the famous Indian family of sarod players, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, to create the album. "Music can be a language deeper than words. I love our differences. Cultures are rich, and what makes each culture unique should be celebrated, but I was also powerfully moved by what we share as a human family," she said. 

After the two benefit concerts, Newcomer traveled to Kenya to visit the Umoja Project, cosponsored b the IHI and  the Indiana-based Global Interfaith Partnership in the African country. The project supports a school lunch program in one of the poorest parts of Kenya. "In Africa she performed in primary and secondary schools, performed at spiritual gatherings, visited homes and met with guardian and educational groups," said her Web site.

Here is a clip of the title song for the album Everything is Everywhere.

Performing at Historic San Ysidro Church on Sunday
By coincidence, David Miner and Carrie Newcomer will be in New Mexico on the same weekend. Miner, former chair of the Bread for the World board of directors, will be spending time touring our beautiful state with his wife Robin. Before he goes on his trip up north, however, he will take a couple of hours in Albuquerque to talk about the Interfaith Hunger Initiative with representatives of several local faith organizations who are interested in forming an anti-hunger faith coalition in New Mexico. (Stay tuned for more details on this project).

Newcomer, for her part, will be performing in Corrales on Sunday.  If you have an opportunity, please take time to see her concert at the Old San Ysidro Church..

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