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Heather Nova News : Heather Nova played in hospitals again
Posted by Bernd on 2011/11/29 17:24:56 (1572 reads)
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Like last year, Heather Nova stopped on her fall tour 2011 in hospitals, mostly in departements of psychiatry and psychotherapy, by giving free acoustic concerts (with Arnulf Lindner on cello) for the patients. These concerts weren't available for public.

In an "OpenMag" interview in 2007, Heather stated: "i have always had the idea to bring music into hospitals. they are supposedly places of healing, but i don't feel the energy of healing when i go into a hospital, in fact i feel small and fearful. healing takes place on many levels, physical yes, but also emotional and spiritual. i think music could help with the latter two."

Together with Thomas Hahn from the "Agency for social artists", who has already organized the hospital concerts last year, this idea could be fulfilled again.

Here you can see a short documentation made by German TV station "SWR" about Heather Nova doing a concert in the "Robert Bosch Hospital" in Stuttgart. Also Thomas Hahn is being interviewed.

ARD Mediathek (in German language)


Edit by Gerd (1/1/2012): Here is a clarification on hospital gigs by Heather:

"this is a project i have been thinking about for some time. i call it "living music" and my idea was to bring live music to those who are too ill to go to a concert. i feel that hospitals are places where people go to get well, but that often some of the elements needed to FEEL well on all levels are missing in hospitals. it is my feeling that music can relax and stimulate the senses and emotions in a way that is beneficial to the whole being and therefore it can play a part in the overall healing and wellbeing of a patient, even if it is in a small way.
but even if all it does is give pleasure to someone and allow them half an hour of enjoyment and a break from the stress of their situation, that is enough too.
so when i am on tour i stop in at hospitals in some of the cities i am playing, and give informal acoustic gigs to those who want to listen. it is all done on a volunteer basis, no fees involved, in the spirit of a simple sharing of music. "

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