Flyways celebrates the great bird migration between Africa and Eurasia along the Great Rift Valley, using music of the cultures over which the birds fly.
Each spring, more than half a billion birds of 350 species follow the Great Rift Valley along the length of the African continent from South Africa to Ethiopia, and continue across the Middle East to Turkey where they diverge to Europe and Asia. This flyway is one of the most important bird migration corridors in the world. Flyways is a musical chronicle of the birds' long journey using music from each of the cultures over which they fly and weaving the voices of the birds into the fabric of the music.
The motto of the Flyways project is: “migrating birds know no borders.” Beneath the overarching aerial highway live millions of people of diverse races and cultures. The project aims to harness the timeless languages of birds and music with the goal of bringing people together in common cause across borders and cultures. Flyways is a musical metaphor for the richness and interdependence of life in all its forms, and as such, seeks to preserve not only the rich biodiversity of the region, but also the indigenous music traditions, many of which are undervalued and in decline.
Aspects of the Flyways project include: