Thursday May 01, 2014
Joshua Redman Joins Forces with International Rescue Committee, Becomes an IRC Voice
Today the International Rescue Committee announced that it is joining forces with world-renowned jazz musician and composer, Joshua Redman. Redman, a two-time Grammy Award nominee, joins IRC Voices including Rashida Jones, John Legend, and Morena Baccarin to use his voice to raise awareness for the needs of refugees and others who have been impacted by war and disaster.
“I’ve been greatly impressed with the depth of the International Rescue Committee’s devotion to human beings, and the breadth of its work in defense of human dignity,” Redman said. “Everyone deserves the chance to have their basic needs met. Everyone should have the privilege to live, to learn and to dream.”
Since Redman was first introduced to the IRC he has visited IRC programs in Northern California where he saw first-hand, how the IRC assists refugees who have been given sanctuary in the United States as they begin their new lives here. He has also performed at the IRC’s annual Freedom Award Dinner in New York. Continuing his work as an IRC Voice, Redman plans to travel with the IRC to Africa later this year.
Redman has recorded and performed with various musical icons, including The Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Stevie Wonder. Redman is critically acclaimed in his field, having served as the Artistic Director at the SFJAZZ Collective from 2000 to 2007. In 2009, he grouped up with three other Jazz sensations to form the group, James Farm.
“Joshua Redman is a great talent in the world of music, and we are honored that he is going to devote his passion for social justice to the mission of the IRC: ensuring that people who have been uprooted by war or natural disaster can rebuild and live their lives with dignity,” said the IRC’s president, David Miliband. “Josh played and spoke with deep emotion at the IRC’s Freedom Award Dinner last Fall, and we are delighted to take inspiration from him.”
The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. Since then, the organization has enjoyed the support of many high profile artists, including Marc Chagall, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Paul Newman and Liv Ullmann.
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