Geneva music project aims to raise money for the UNHCR
A Geneva based music project has brought together world class musicians and aims to raise money for UNHCR and its efforts to help the refugees from Syria and Iraq.
The record has come about at the initiative of John Aram. John himself is an extremely accomplished jazz musician, who has played with some of the biggest names in jazz, and many more. As well as leading his own successful jazz quintet, he has also written, arranged, recorded and toured with Phil Collins, and collaborated with other artists such as the Funk Brothers and Daryl Stuermer, all the while maintaining a full time role as a music teacher at Ecolint, the International School of Geneva.
Seeing the extraordinary plight of the millions of refugees currently seeking asylum, John has pulled together a team that includes many other musical heavyweights, to record a cover version of the song “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)” by jazz legend - and record 79-time Grammy Award nominee - Quincy Jones, which will be sold in aid of refugee charities.
With the personal blessing of Quincy Jones, the record features Jacob Collier, whom the UK’s The Guardian newspaper called “Jazz’s new messiah” and about whom Quincy Jones said “I have never in my life seen a talent like this…absolutely mind-blowing”, on lead vocals. Jacob is supported by Swiss American hip hop star Rootwords, and a backing choir composed of 90 students, aged 9-11 years old, from the three campuses of the International School of Geneva, under the musical direction of John Aram.
The record also features performances by many of the UK’s top session musicians, as well as celebrated jazz pianist Jason Rebello, who has played with the likes of Sting, Peter Gabriel, Joss Stone, Madeleine Peyroux and Manu Katche. Recalling the harrowing experiences many of the refugees have encountered in their homelands, the record also uses an innovative rhythm track composed of live gunfire.
The recording has been mixed by award-winning engineer Yvan Bing (Coldplay, Billy Joel, Gwen Stefani), and is supported by a promotional video created by Ecolint student Joe Cook.
All proceeds raised by the sale of the recording will be donated to the UNHCR to help with their aid efforts.
Listen to John Aram talk about the record with Mark Butcher and Katt Cullen on WRS.