Music is an experience – an experience of unity and reflection on a global scale. It is such an experience that that the NEXUS Music lab brings to the NEXUS Community.
Philanthropy in the contemporary context is often perceived as simply an act of giving (e.g. a wealth holder financially helping the poor). Though most notions of the act of philanthropy include such an aspect, its core meaning can easily be missed. The word comes from the Greek philanthrōpos, meaning love of humanity. In modern English, philanthropy is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the desire to promote the welfare of others.” Desire is indeed an important aspect: it may be more appropriate to understand the word philanthropy as a state of mind and heart rather than simply an activity.
Music can be understood in a similar manner. While the technical act of performing is central to it, music cannot merely be reduced to technical craftsmanship alone. Its true power derives from how it invites lone individuals into a sense of community — one where faith, love, and passion are shared in a safe space. At this time, when fear and estrangement between communities is often instigated by violence and destruction, reunification and healing are global cultural imperatives. Though we may not always be aware of how we are being traumatized or assaulted, we may nevertheless urgently feel the need for a space and an outlet for healing and reflection.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
NEXUS Music Lab Co-Chair
Mikuak Rai is Co-Chair of the NEXUS Lab on Music and also a co-founder of Invest in Yourself @ NEXUS (IY@N). A self-described ‘creative catalyst’, Mikuak’s passion centers on the intersection of creative arts, planetary culture and transformative consciousness; he believes that every individual is, inherently, an artist who possesses something meaningful to express and contribute toward making the world a better place.
NEXUS Music Lab Co-Chair
Christen Lien’s provocative compositions, hypnotic performance style, and entrepreneurial business approach all reflect her passion for challenging the status quo. Through her art she seeks to support her fans to process the complex and oftentimes dark emotions that oppress individual potential and hold back collective power. Entertainers, activists, scholars and entrepreneurial leaders have responded enthusiastically to Christen’s
NEXUS Music Lab Co-Chair
Youn-Jae joined NEXUS as Director of Visual and Performing Arts in 2016. He believes that emotions may not be tangible, but they are powerful. They influence other people, both consciously and subconsciously. “We often are expected to control or adjust them, and in response, we lock them away, unaware of our needs of self-expression and obsessed with the duties of meeting expectations. Without diving into a general discussion of the
Music is a non-violent medium that lives in time; its power and sophistication enables it to exhibit not only such aspects as form and content, but also meaning, sympathy, empathy, happiness, sincerity, consideration, joyfulness, faith, anticipation, attention, patience, affection, learning, and understanding. If you reflect upon these words in relationship to those with which we discussed philanthropy, you will find that there is much in common between them. Music is a state of mind and heart, that, through performance, becomes action. Music can be philanthropy.
Unlike many other forms of art, music is special in its frequent requirement of collaboration for its realization. Whether that collaboration is between musicians and audiences, or with the space itself, constant adjustment, with awareness and care, is crucial for sound to become music and not mere noise. Through music, we can both project and reflect personal stories and feelings, and find ways to harmonize and become one with our surroundings, rather than being limited to those personal stories and feelings to project and reflect only the ego of a single individual.
The NEXUS Lab on Music can be informed by such a notion of music: that is, one grounded in collaboration, awareness, guidance, care, reflection, feeling, harmonization, and synthesis. These aspects of music are central to change one’s perspective about oneself or one’s relationship to the world. For an artist to live responsibly and produce work that reflects society, experience is key.
- Salon discussion series around the impact of music
- Inclusion of musical acts at all NEXUS summits
- Organize, put on and host musical programming for NEXUS USA Summit and NEXUS Global Summit
- Meetings and call series with musicians committed to using music to promote community/healing
If you are interested in music or are a musician who cares about impact we’d love to hear from you. Whether you are looking to get more involved or willing to support our mission through a grant or sponsorship, please reach out! To learn more about the NEXUS Lab on Music, please contact Youn-Jae, Christen and Mikuak at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To join the NEXUS Labs on Arts and Music private Facebook group, please go here.