See the live concert on December 1, 2014 here: http://thesafetychannel.com/live-concert/
Urgent Call to Action of Awareness and Fundraising
Teruo Nakamura Rising Sun Band and The Safety Channel
For Providence Baptist Church Medical Center and Orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia
“Help whoever in need of help right now.” That’ is the reason why Teruo Nakamura, producer and legendary Jazz Bassist, decided to perform a live concert on this WORLD AIDS DAY, December 1, 2014 at 7 PM@ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
For over decades, Teruo Nakamura has been an advocate for AIDS pandemic awareness through Red Shoes Foundation / JAWS (Japanese AIDS Workshop Series) He has produced numerous concerts for AIDS awareness and other causes both in the US and Japan. The principal hasn’t changed since he started some 20 years ago.
In the late August of 2014, Teruo was sitting with Yovette Markey, founder of The Safety Channel and co-presenter of the concert. Yovette Markey invented Safetytip, a safety needle device used to help prevent needlestick injuries for healthcare workers after a friend of hers, a medical doctor contracted HIV and HepC from a needlestick injury. Her friend eventually died from the disease. Their discussion evolved to the current Ebola outbreak. With more than 4500 death toll, Ebola is now feared to become Pandemic like HIV/AIDS. “Both epidemics started in Africa and most impacted the people without proper medical treatment and other basic needs.” Teruo adds, “ I’ve been living by playing Jazz, the music originated in Africa. In fact, we have learned from African people that music is a powerful tool for communicating and connecting with each other.”
Yovette introduced Teruo to Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr. , Senior Pastor of Providence Baptist Church Medical Center and Orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia, who has been visiting the US for fundraising. The church has been serving as a partner with Liberian Government to fight the spread of the disease and to minister to the moral, physical, material and spiritual need of the nation and its people.
According to the U.N. children’s agency, at least 3,700 children across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have lost one or more parents to Ebola and that figure is expected to double by mid-October. Many of these children are left to fend for themselves, and continue to live inside infected houses.
To respond to an urgent call to action, Teruo and Yovette agreed that while it is still very important to maintain awareness on the AIDS/HIVS pandemic, that the new pandemic in the crisis stage is Ebola. They decided to expand this year’s social conscious on December 1st, National AIDS day to the urgent need of children suffering unimaginably emotional and physical trauma as their parents are disappearing as victims of the Ebola epidemic. They decided to help Reverend Reeves in his efforts to raise funds for medical supplies, clean water and housing for the children being affected by this Ebola crisis. “We would like to bring attention to the needs of the children which is beyond urgent now. “ says Yovette Markey, a mother of three.
Responding to Teruo’s call, legendary musicians and long time HIV/AIDS awareness collaborators such as Bill Washer, Jay Rodriquez and Ronnie Burrage have gathered for the cause once again. “It’s also a blessing that Journalist Yoshihiro Muto, advisor of JAWS is giving us hands and producer Megumi Sato-Shelley is putting everything together,” Teruo continues, “she found us a perfect venue ShapeShifter Lab.” This progressive thinking venue with artistic integrity immediately showed sympathy and agreed to let us use their state of art facility of streaming live so that the message could reach even more people on the planet.
The event will call for people to be united to challenge prejudice and ignorance about infectious diseases so we altogether can fight against Pandemic.
What: PANDEMIC~AIDS to EBOLA World AIDS Day Concert
Who: Teruo Nakamura Rising Sun Band with Special Guests
MC: Rob Crocker, WBGO-FM
Date: Monday, December 1st
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Place: ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (646) 820-9452
R Train @Union Street (1 stop south of Barclays Center)
Admission: $15 + voluntary donation
Donations are collected Providence Baptist Church Medical Center and Orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia via The Safety Channel (Safety Issues Publications, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization)
Produced and Presented by: Teruo Nakamura + Red Shoes Foundation
Co-presented by: The Safety Channel
Co-produced by: Megumi Sato-Shelley
Promotion by: Hiroshi Kono, Mar Creation
Rising Sun Band:
Bill Washer (Guitar)
Dave Schnitter (Tenor Sax and Soprano Sax)
Jay Rodriguez (Tenor Sax and Baritone Sax)
Ron Thompson (Keyboards)
Ronnie Burrage (Drums)
DJ Fuso (Synthesizers)
Teruo Nakamura (Bass)
Producer, Teruo Nakamura produced more than 60 albums include performances by such legendary musicians as Stanley Turrentine, George Benson and Herbie Hancock. In 1999, he received 24th Fumio Nanri Awards in Japan.
For the last 20 years, Teruo Nakamura has been instrumental of AIDS awareness through JAWS (Japanese AIDS Workshop Series) and produced numerous concerts for AIDS awareness and other causes both in the US and Japan.
Co-presenter, The Safety Channel, founded by Yovette Markey, Safety Issues Publications, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Safetyissues.com is a multimedia news and information service for the community of interest concerned with safety. It specializes in developing and executing consultative content strategies for companies that offer safety products and/or services to consumers and businesses.
Safety Channel has partnership with Disney/ ABC Television and Google TV.
ShapeShifter Lab, 4,200 square foot performance space in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The venue hosts the world’s most innovative artists who are looking for a flexible platform to present their work. Bass player Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison (bass player for John Coltrane), is the co-owner and creative director.
Immediate Release: [October 18, 2014 New York]