by Ashley Henderson
This marks another successful visit for Adrian to Korca. The focus for this year was music therapy training for the staff. It has been our vision to provide mobile therapy to the children in the villages. Adrian provided us with some tools and tips for doing this effectively.
He is from Bath, England and he has been doing music for a majority of his life. He is married with three children, one of them joined him on this trip. He studied jazz in college and went onto a long career of recording and performing all around Europe for many years.
After his final big tour came to an end, Adrian switched gears to music therapy. He wanted to use his love and gifting of music to help people transform the way the see and interact with the world. Music can be healing so Adrian took advantage of this fact.
Carla is Adrian’s daughter that came with him this year to assist with therapy and to perform at the concert. She also has a background in music and works in the field at an amazing London-based charity called Key Changes. They provide musical mentorship, recording capabilities, and production for musicians in mental hospitals or living with mental health issues. You can check out their website here.
Concert in Maliq
In the past, Adrian has put on a handful of concerts around Korca, but this year decided to move to a village just outside of town called Maliq. The Kenedi Foundation has a church there that worked with Adrian to put together the venue and equipment. On the night of the concert, the cafe was filled with members of the community and the mayor of the city in the front row.
Before the music began, the crowd gathered outside for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Adrian and Carla performed a ten-song set, pulling music from a handful of his albums and a few covers. Adrian shared a few stories about the origins and meanings of the songs. Plator Collaku, the pastor in Maliq, translated for him. It was a magical evening of music and fellowship. Thank you, Adrian and Carla, for your hard work. Come back soon!
In addition to the photos below, check out some videos on Instagram