There is something really special about experiencing a movement that you have read so much about in books, articles and blogs. On the surface it is strangely familiar, (all those photos from old fellow’s blogs!) but once you see it for yourself and begin your own inquiry, little details start to appear that make the two-dimensional understanding you once had take on a life of its own. You no longer have to base your arguments for music and social change on something someone once said or from an association of the work. You get to have a concrete understanding and speak about the movement from your own experience. We are so incredibly fortunate to be here.
We arrived in Barquisimeto this afternoon, after spending the past five days in Caracas. We visited the Guarenas and Montalbán nucleos, the Centre for Social Action through Music, watched both the Teresa Carreño and the Simón Bolívar Orchestras, and had a wonderful time singing, eating and learning about Venezuela at a dinner party hosted by a lovely couple, who are supporters of the Sistema fellowship.
It feels like I’m trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle without quite knowing how many pieces there are or what the picture is going to look like when I’m done. I’m at the stage where I’m flipping over those grey pieces and finding out that they are yellow, red and blue underneath!
Sistema Fellow '14