You have to love the grassroots appeal of Kickstarter. The website offers anyone no matter their background a platform to seek funding for projects large and small. Here’s one that well may be worth your attention.
Drummer Prince H. Lawsha is seeking $2,500 to present an International Jazz Day concert in Santa Cruz. The April 30 event, he notes on his Kickstarter page, will be a free “tribute to jazz music and its diplomatic role of uniting people world-wide.” Act quickly, however, as the deadline is drawing near. Lawsha’s bio describes him thusly:
Drummer Prince H. Lawsha is a multi-faceted musician whose talents include drummer, vocalist, composer, manager and record producer. As a percussionist, Lawsha believes that “everything in life has a rhythm, as with nature and the seasons, a garden growing, the rhythm of rain, or wind in the trees, just as our own heartbeat and breathing are rhythmic.” Inspired by all sounds, his music reaches new heights of energy and creativity, encompassing rhythm, harmony and melody on the drums. “Music is the magic of the world,” Lawsha says. “Music evokes emotion … and rhythms are the unifying force, the heart of that emotion.”
As a fourth generation musician, music was instinctive to Prince H Lawsha. He was influenced early on by the local stars that visited and played with his father, noted jazz saxophonist William “Prince” Lasha in Fort Worth, Texas: Ornette Coleman, Charles Moffett, “King” Curtis, Dewey Redman and Sonny Simmons. Lawsha began playing drums at age seven, and was soon singing in the church choir. Progressing to other percussion instruments, by high school Lawsha was performing in the marching band, and at night played rhythm & Blues and country music in area clubs.
After majoring in business administration with a minor in music, Lawsha went on to receive three National Endowment for the Arts grants in the late ‘70s for Jazz and Ethnic Music Studies. One of these grants was to study with world renowned percussionist Kenneth Nash. With another grant he was mentored by Max Roach, the seminal pioneer of creative drumming.
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