In partnership with Global Patriot, the 12for12k Challenge is focused on raising funds in support of Doctors Without Borders during the month of September 2009. The first event in the Music as Medicine series was held in San Diego on September 3rd at Anthology and featured music from The Alphonse Mouzon Jazz Project and the art of Michael Flohr.
Music As Medicine Continues
The second concert in the series is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th in Stockholm and will feature a combination of live music from Sofia Talvik and Tom Levin along with the vibrant work of DJ Monica Bergmark. As with the San Diego event, the artists are donating their time in support of this international humanitarian organization.
The Hilton Hotel has also offered the use of their Eken Bar to host the concert. This intimate venue, with scenic views of the harbor, is ideal for both live music and DJs with indoor & patio seating for patrons and includes a dance floor – guaranteed this place will be hoppin’ till midnight!
“Soft, airy, and graceful, Sweden’s sweet Sofia Talvik sings songs touching on themes of love and heartbreak, as well as a healthy dose of anecdotal stories from her own life.”
Sofia Talvik was born on an island just off the west coast of Sweden, an in 2005 she released her debut album, Blue Moon, to much critical acclaim, followed by 2007’s Street of Dreams, on which she sings, “it’s just love, how hard can it be“, in a beautiful duet with veteran British performer, Bernard Butler.
Fresh from a powerful performance at 2008’s Lollapalooza festival, Sofia is now poised to conquer the States with the release of her devastatingly beautiful third album. It’s a record of staggering elegance, with the faintest trace of Scandinavian twee and youthful exuberance.
Tom Levin’s teenage years brought him to Alaska, where he lived as an exchange student. It was here that his vocal talents were first discovered. Urged on by his host family’s belief in his abilities, Tom made his debut as a soloist in the school choir. But it wasn’t until 2001 that he finally decided to produce a solo album.
In 2006 Tom launched his second solo album. The music is rife with influences from rock and bluegrass to big band jazz, pop, country and gospel. In November of that year he won the award for “AC Male Artist of the Year” (New Music Weekly Awards 2006) in the USA. His song “Just” reached #1 on US radio on the 12 th of December 2006 an it stayed as # 1 for four weeks.
Monica Bergmark has been a Dj since 1983 and loves Hip Hop – R&B – Funk – Soul – Electro – House – Disco. She’s also been a Sound Engineer & Producer for Swedish National Radio P3, Swedish TV 2 & TV 24 since 1996 and Dj:ed for the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf’s at his 40th birthday bash at the Drottningholm Castle! She then interviewed and hung out with George Clinton, who is as good as royalty!
“If u can..t dance 2 it – don..t do it”
Monica’s spin list includes: Ryan Leslie, DMX, Snoop, Prince, Alicia Keys, Cassie, Missy, Dr.Dre, Gang Starr, Guru, Mob Deep, Xzibit, Raw Fusion, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Ludacris, Ashante, 2 Pac, John Legend, Diddy, Monica, Brandy, Ice Cube, Rihanna, Anthony Hamilton, Keisha Cole, Black Eyed Peas, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Notorious Big, Mos Def, Salem al Fakir, Fergie, Jay Z, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Usher, 50 Cent, Faith Evans, Avant, Mary J Blige, Eminem…
As a final note, this event would not have been possible without the efforts of Renee Viterstedt, Anders Sporring and Johan Burell. After expressing my desire to create a second benefit concert for Doctors Without Borders, these three individuals took charge and spent countless hours finding a venue and securing the artists. I am truly grateful for making my dream a reality!
From the Stockholm office of Doctors Without Borders, Marita Fernstedt, Kristina Boberg and Johan Pettersson provided invaluable support, while at the Hilton Slussen, Viktoria Györi, Maria Nystedt and Jonathan Lallemand helped at every turn.
Part three in the Music as Medicine series will take place in London on Tuesday, September 15th at Kettner’s in SoHo. This will be a fabulous evening in support of Doctors Without Borders.
The Global Patriot Music as Medicine Tour Continues!