By Chloe Goodchild
THE SINGING FIELD is a field of sound where people of all beliefs can meet to share the universal call for unity and transformation. It is a series of interactive performance-events for a world in crisis, inspired by twenty years research into the use of sound and voice to transform all forms of conflict: from personal suffering to international violence. It creates safe places around the world where people can sing through their differences. In places of conflict and past trauma – from New York to Soweto, Belfast to Baghdad, Columbia to Cambodia – thousands of people will be enabled to access deeper levels of compassion for self and others. It brings together international, local and indigenous musicians in a celebration to restore self-respect and dignity to the community. It interweaves meditative mantras, love songs and improvisation. (Mantras are ancient words of power drawn from all spiritual traditions that open the heart and restore a quality of equilibrium and calm.) It brings positive and lasting change to the resonance and atmosphere of urban and other landscapes. It enables us to recover our own creative expression so we may communicate without fear. It is a hymn of life that transcends boundaries of creed and culture.