Orchestral Music Bringing Cultures Together in Kinshasa

By Matthew Langford

The International Artist Initiative Co-Founders, Matthew Langford and Michael Tavani, are getting ready for their first trip to Kinshasa, DR Congo to connect with and serve the Kimbanguiste Symphony Orchestra through instrument lessons, sectionals, and spiritual encouragement. The KSO is a church based symphony orchestra that became known as the “Kinshasa Symphony” after gaining international attention from a German documentary. Since its inception in 1994, the orchestra has grown to around 200 members, including a full choir and has performed large orchestral works such as Beethoven’s 9th and Orff’s Carmina Burana. The orchestra’s story is remarkable as the musicians have taught themselves while bringing their community together in a way never seen before.

Matthew and Michael are both highly trained American musicians who are eager to make a meaningful connection with the orchestra members this December. They hope to continue to support the orchestra in the future through private lessons, donated instruments, and musical collaboration.

The International Artist Initiative has joined Generosity’s Giving Tuesday Campaign with a goal of $4000 to help cover the trip expenses. Click here to donate, learn more about this project, and share this inspiring story!

UPDATE (12/21/15): IAI’s Generosity Campaign has ended, but they are still accepting donations via their website! Click HERE to donate.

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The International Artist Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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