Crossing Paths is a cultural exchange project with the goal of establishing and sustaining artistic relationships with artists, educators, students and institutions from various parts of the world. The aim is to construct creative bridges which will: allow for a unique exchange of ideas and methods, explore music from other cultures, expand the world music vocabulary, create new work, and harmonize music and rhythm from other cultures with regional concepts of American music. The global fusion will display classic American music interacting with its world counterparts providing a unique opportunity for artists, educators and students to further understand the origins and depth of the creative process while providing a paradigm for the development of new music initiatives and innovative cultural diplomacy.
The one2one Jazz Series, now in its tenth season, was designed to showcase exceptional jazz artists in intimate settings and provide an outlet for musician/composers to present new and adventurous music as well as innovative interpretations of jazz classics. Produced by Planet Arts, the critically acclaimed and ASCAP award winning one2one Jazz Series continues to be a creative force in the Hudson Valley.
THE OPEN MIC - MUSIC JOUNALISM INITIATIVE
A recent, special component of The Open MIC, Planet Arts sent photo and print journalists to a local area high school for several workshops on how to photograph and write about music concerts. Students attended two of the one2one concerts and their photos and reviews were published on Albany’s nippertown.com website as well as the International Jazz Journalist Association website where jazz journalists from around the world commented on the student work.
The following links show examples of the Germantown High School student reviews and photographs of the Planet Arts one2one Jazz Series.
DoAM (Documentation of American Music). The DoAM initiative focuses on large ensemble projects, documenting important American music compositions of established, mid-career and emerging composers. While independent and large-scale projects are often overlooked major and independent record labels, the Planet Arts Recordings mission has been instrumental in providing an outlet for outstanding artists to document and showcase their work.