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Cecilia Woodsmith ‘07 Reflects in the Burlington Free Press on 43 Days of Playing Music in Asia

After her travels in Central and Southeast Asia -- Pakistan to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan -- Woodsmith admits, “everything I knew was based on news stories of violence… or gross hilarity in the film Borat. So, you might say I was terribly uneducated.” But while holding community outreach workshops, collaborating with local artists and performing with her band, Della Mae, she learned “that we are more alike than we could ever imagine.” Woodsmith describes her international musical outreach work with American Music Abroad as “building many small bridges.” Read the story...