OUR MUSIC

The Music Action Women Collective’s debut—a suite of powerful original compositions singularly focused on empowering women and advancing the causes of women worldwide—celebrates the millions of women working to improve their lives and their communities. We honor their resolve, courage, and audacity, and we are so proud to be able to stand in solidarity with the amazing musical minds we convened for our inaugural all-women’s social impact residency, Music Action Lab Women.

FEATURED TRACK | Breathe

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Nazeni

Nazeni, which means "pretty" in Armenian, is a liberation song to the countless girls taught to act a certain way and accept a restricted role imposed by patriarchal structures. Nazeni is a clarion call for girls to stand up for their passions and ambitions.

Nazeni

Nazeni, which means "pretty" in Armenian, is a liberation song to the countless girls taught to act a certain way and accept a restricted role imposed by patriarchal structures. Nazeni is a clarion call for girls to stand up for their passions and ambitions.

Breathe

Breathe was conceptualized with the weary heart in mind. In times of duress we often forget the most important reaction to have while “going through” is to “Breathe.” It's often "something so simple yet it’s something so essential” that can give us the strength and courage to carry on.

Lullaby

The undulating tones and soothing melodies of Lullaby mimic a mother's care for her future daughter in the womb before birth. The gentle caress of spoken truths work to prepare girls for the discrimination and hardship they will endure.

Rules Change

Rules Change uses a compositional metaphor and transforms exotic odd rhythms and scales of Balkan traditional music into 4/4 meter as a representation of individual freedom, attesting the power of women to rise above traditional gender roles in modern Balkan society.

Uzumem

Derived from the Armenian expression for "I want," Uzumem is a universal freedom song that speaks to the innate power we all have within to follow our dreams.

Hide

Fusing contemporary classical composition technique with modern jazz improv and circus folk, Hide's waltz theme represents the masks that many women hide behind to fit into society's prescribed roles and expectations.

WHAT IF

The Music Action Collective is a sonic exploration of global cultures that features vocals and beats from the Balkans and Caucusus, hip-hop in four languages, contemporary pop, traditional Tanzanian folk, Afro-Latin rhythms, and jazz-inspired song forms and improvisations.

In one month of workshops and rehearsals dedicated to advancing social causes as part of the Music Action Lab—a residency for artists around the world to create original music to foster social good—the Collective created a suite of eight original compositions and arrangements addressing issues of gender inequality, human rights, neocolonialism, and more

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FOUNDATION

Coming together from four continents and highly diverse musical backgrounds, the Music Action Lab Fellows embarked on a rigorous but joyous process of collective, collaborative music-making—with the added dimension to focus their compositions to address, advance, inspire, and respond to social justice issues.

In just three weeks, the result of this cross-cultural musical discovery is “Foundation,” the debut album of Giant Steps Music. Rather than focus its musical and lyrical content on a single social issue or range thereof, this suite of ten boundary-breaking compositions, infusing hip-hop, Afropop, Pakistani folk, and Brazilian rhythms with jazz, contemporary, and Arabic music eloquently speaks to the foundation that underlies the essence of social justice: human values.

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ENSEMBLE

Farhan Bogra, rubab, Pakistan
Teta, vocals, Rwanda
Aisha Fukushima, vocals, rap, USA/Japan
Amen Viana, guitar, vocals, Togo
Icaro Sá, percussion, Brazil
Derek Beckvold, saxophone, tabla, USA
Will Magid, trumpet, USA
Owen Clapp, bass, USA
Tyler Nam Berg, drums, USA

“I’ve been to summits across the globe— at the UN, White House, in South Africa, Azerbaijan, Mexico and beyond. This was the single most compelling performance have ever witnessed; it gave me joy and created community when I needed it most. Giant Steps is an essential player in this space.”

Sam Vaghar

Executive Director, Millennium Campus Network, Civil Society Advisor, UN Women

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