Global club nights

September 13, 2023
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Episode 2 | Laura Gazzotti, Shafeeq Alsadi

‘’Global club nights’’ is a networking and informative club series in collaboration with Caisa Cultural centre, Helsinki Open Waves web radio, and the Global Music Department of Sibelius Academy that aims to bring together all parties involved with music. With live music, seminars, and workshops, the events attempt to create bridges between musicians, event producers, agents, venues, and music lovers, bringing down barriers and creating a safe and creative environment of free expression. In a celebration of diversity, using the tools of intercultural collaboration and specialized knowledge, we provide the possibility of a neutral and safe space for sharing and exchange of knowledge, information, wishes, and insights on the music industry in Finland, both on the part of the musician and from the business side, while most importantly, sharing it with the community.

In this episode, we are very honored to host two incredible human beings and artists of life: Laura Gazzotti, artistic director of Kolibri Festival, and Shafeeq Alsadi, Palestinian musician, singer, Qanun player, improviser, and composer.

Laura Gazzotti, who has a MA in Arts from the University of Helsinki and a degree in Educational Sciences specialized in non-formal education by the University of Buenos Aires, is an expert in process-based cultural production development focused on diversity and children’s culture sector. She builds intercultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and multilingual spaces and events around children´s culture and diversity for children and their families with different backgrounds and origins as well for professional audiences. After she graduated in 2004, she has been working as a freelance cultural producer in Helsinki, specializing in creating events that promote inclusion, mutual understanding, equal treatment, and respect from early ages in cultural centres and public libraries in Helsinki and the metropolitan area.

Shafeeq Alsadi strongly believes that music is a powerful force that can bring people together, no matter where they come from or what their culture is. Currently, he is pursuing his studies in the Global Music Department at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he continues to deepen his understanding of the transformative power of music. Through his music compositions and performances, Shafeeq aims to inspire people to see the interconnectedness of everything and everyone, promoting cultural exchange and mutual learning. To him, music is not just a medium of artistic expression but a transformative force for truth and authentic human connection.


Producers & Hosts: Chico Matada & Vasileios Katopodis
Guests: Laura Gazzotti & Shafeeq Alsadi
Sound recording, editing & live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded and edited at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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