The Mobilized Musician (Spring 2016) Umar Zakaria
In February of 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand was badly damaged by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that killed 185 people. The physical and emotional recovery process has been slow, and housing and mental health issues are on the rise, especially in rural populations. Umar Zakaria is composing a cycle of five pieces that will incorporate personal stories of loss from members of Christchurch community. This work will serve as the foundation for a series of community concerts and educational programs in Christchurch, with the goal of providing a safe space for those touched by the natural disaster to mourn and heal.