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About David Buchbinder:
Award-winning musician and Ashkenaz co-founder David Buchbinder returns to the festival to discuss his newest venture. Over the last dozen years, Buchbinder’s musical career has included a number of intercultural projects, including the Ashkenaz-commissioned Odessa/Havana, the Shurum Burum Jazz Circus, Tumbling Into Light and Andalusia to Toronto. In striving to conceive a company that could produce such a range of work, Buchbinder has recently launched Diasporic Genius, a non-profit organization engaged in intercultural artistic creation and community-building.
In his own words: “Toronto stands at a turning point, faced with a unique opportunity represented by the powerful combined forces of its openness to social and cultural innovation and the fact that it contains within its borders the ‘wisdom of the world’. We have here the greatest in-gathering of Diasporic peoples the world has ever seen in the context of a settled culture that may be finally ready to step into its own greatness. I believe that this change can be sparked through the power of creativity and the catalyst of story, and that is what Diasporic Genius is about. Diasporic Genius represents the next round of the vision that led me to create Ashkenaz in 1995.”
Join Buchbinder for an interactive lecture presenting the vision and program of Diasporic Genius.