The inaugural Music as Medicine concert took place in San Diego on September 3, 2009. Sponsored by the 12for12k Challenge and Global Patriot, the evening featured the sounds of The Alphonse Mouzon Jazz Project in support of Doctors Without Borders.
This beautiful montage was filmed and edited by Ricardo Villarreal (@skovi) and highlights the message of why we were all there – to celebrate the unique ability of music and art to transcend borders, just as Doctors Without Borders is dedicated to providing medical attention to those in need, regardless of nationality, politics or religion.
The crowd was amazed to see renowned artist Michael Flohr up on stage painting while the band jammed the night away. In the video you see him w0rking on a portrait of Eric Marienthal (sax). Musical notes also include John Beasley (keyboards), Byron Miller (bass), Dean Brown (guitar) and, of course, Alphonse Mouzon (drums).
Of special note was the presentation given by Sandra Freiwald, a local surgeon who had served with Doctors Without Borders. She brought the cause home, describing her experience in Aftrica and the humanitarian successes that were achieved in difficult situations.
The Twitteratti were out in force that night to support the cause, again proving the power of social media to spread the message and create a community of people dedicated to improving our society. That’s the goal of Global Patriot, and the reason for the 12for12k Challenge!