The intrepid Australian broadcaster Emma Ayres has taken her instrument to the war zone to reconnect young Afghans to the music that was forbidden to them under the Taliban. In her audio documentary, creaking and jangling with the sound of iron security gates, she engages with Afghan teachers and children and the handful of Western idealists who fly out to help them. It’s a compelling sound portrait. You can listen here.
Emma writes: In the time I was editing this documentary, ten Afghan children were killed in a US air strike and the US diplomat, Anne Smedinghoff, was killed in a Taliban attack. Anne was a great friend to the Afghan National Institute of Music.
Here is one of her orchestral class students.