Using an old Airstream trailer as the recording space, The SongStream Project gathers the songs behind a story and the stories behind a song. Saturday, March 16th at the Expressive Arts Institute, they will premier their new series, ‘Voices of Autism.’
What first started out as an idea of creating a mobile music therapy space in a vintage Airstream trailer has blossomed into a much broader concept about exploring the interwoven relationship between songs and stories, music and memory. As a result of the various paths they have followed, SongStream has witnessed the often undervalued power of music and sharing of life stories in places such as Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Uganda, Peru and here in San Diego.
In partnership with Coast Music Therapy, Saturday’s ‘Voices of Autism’ show will explore the lives of four young musicians on the autism spectrum. It is an audio documentary that explores these families’ stories and the ways in which music has become an essential part of who they are and how they share that identity with the world. By highlighting the music and stories of these incredible young people and their families, ‘Voices of Autism’ seeks to move the listener beyond statistics to a space of deeper understanding, appreciation, and celebration of the gifts of individuals with autism and the unique role music plays in revealing their valuable voices. By doing so it hopes to contribute to wider conversations about autism and the importance and value of music therapy.
*Press Release provided by SongStream