Joshua Redman Visits Myanmar with IRC

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Thursday April 30, 2015

Joshua Redman, one of the world’s most acclaimed jazz saxophone players, is constantly touring with his ensemble, moving from city to city, stage to stage, entertaining audiences with his unique sound. But when he visited Myanmar (also known as Burma), not as a musician but as a representative of the IRC, Redman experienced a different sort of vibe. No one knew his name, no one had heard his music.

‘I mostly visit developed countries,’ Redman explains. ‘I fly into a city, I go to my hotel room for an hour, I go on stage to play my gig and I’m out of there. This has been an eye-opening adventure for me. And the first time in a very long time I haven’t brought my saxophone.’

Redman is one of the IRC Voices, a group of young artists who advocate on behalf of the organization. The two-time Grammy nominee traveled with a team of IRC aid workers to Myanmar’s poorest region, mountainous Chin state, where 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The IRC provides remote villages in the region with health care, clean drinking water and other services.

For photos of Joshua’s experience in Myanmar and to read more by Peter Biro on the IRC website click here and watch the video below: