If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll know I don’t post much these days. The past year and a half has been dynamic, with a project which will become visible in the future. It is a wonderful time of exploration and creation and I’m proud of what is emerging.
To keep my focus on this project I have had to cut back on writing, my podcast, speaking engagements, meetings, etc. And yet, some opportunities you just have to say YES to!
A few weeks ago my friend Jamie Pabst invited me to participate in what turned out to be an amazing experience. This past Friday I spoke at and participated in a round table discussion for the Consolari Concert Hall. Consolari is a non-profit in Arizona, that will take physical form as a world-class concert hall and campus which promises to touch many lives as a destination for inspiration and healing through the transformative power of music, education, and community.
The vision for Consolari is that of our hosts Christi Worsley and her husband Senator Bob Worsley, that has grown out of the tragic loss of a grandson, and their family’s discovery of the power of music to heal. Often beauty emerges from tragedy.
I was honored to be joined by my wife Mandy Doman who runs Advanced Brain Technologies with me as we shared space and discussions with a room of thoughtful leaders from the worlds of business, policy, finance, music, design, health, and education, each bound together with no cultural or religious boundaries in a forum of infinite possibility.
It was exciting to share our work and vision for global health through music with this group in a panel discussion with friends Jamie Pabst and Erin Matlock as well as Professors Alex Ruthmann from NYU Music Experience Design Lab and Roger Mantie of ASU.
One highlight was getting time with Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Swati Dlamini Mandela who delivered a heartfelt keynote to the group. Given the focus on music we were also entertained by 17 year old piano virtuoso Jarom Martineau performing a piece by Rachmaninoff, and GENTRI, The Gentlemen Trio who delivered an inspired three part harmony of Amazing Grace.
Looking forward to our continued involvement in Consolari and sharing this incredible venue with you when it takes form in Phoenix. Special thanks to Jamie Pabst, Senator Bob and Christi Worsley, Amy Church Contreras, Mandy Doman, Erin Matlock, Alex Ruthmann, Roger Mantie, and the other wonderful souls we shared the day with.