Bridge Initiative

The Bridge Initiative (BI):


The Bridge Initiative’s intent is to consolidate and promote art in and of Morocco by conducting various activities in an educational scope, including but not limited to: master-classes, workshops, artistic and interdisciplinary collaborations, seminars, concerts.

Remy Foussard and Omar El Jamali, two Berklee College of Music students, founded the Bridge Initiative when first approached by their professor Winnie Dahlgren, founder of No Boundaries.

 

Through the BI’s development and adaptation of the No Boundaries Project to the culture, market, and infrastructures of Morocco, a disconnect amongst artists and art institutions was observed as well as a lot of space for artists to collaborate and consolidate their efforts in order to flourish steadily.    

 
The Bridge Initiative found the No boundaries project a perfect opportunity to act as a bridge between various forms of artists, international and domestic, in order to expand artists’ audiences and artistic scope. 

 

Remy Foussard:

 Remy

Born March 1988 in Morocco, Remy spent the first part of his life surrounded by classical music and the rigorous teaching methods of his grand mother Nicole Foussard, a notorious classic piano teacher in Casablanca and student of Alfred Cortot himself at “L’ecole Normale de Paris” in the late 40’s. Remy later shifted to Rock and electric guitar, and performed locally with Rock/Metal band such as one of the yearly Casablanca’s festival “L’Boulvard des Jeunes Musicians” with the Slipknot’s local tribute band: “Fallouja”.

 

Remy moved to the United States to study music as well as performances, and received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Foussard graduated in 2013 with a dual Major in Guitar Performance & Professional Music, focusing his career as a rock performer, arranger, educator and music project developer.

 

In 2008, Remy co-founded the once a year “Tam’Art” intense drum workshop. He performed and arranged for Moroccan artist “Lionel Malca” for a Soul/Motown show at “La Villa des Arts” at Casablanca in 2011. Remy interned the creative department at BMG Chrysalis in 2012, and worked as an assistant for producer/songwriter Jonathan Keyes.

 

 

Omar El Jamali:  

Omar 

Omar, 21 years old, began his musical life at age 7 in Morocco by picking up the drums. As a guitarist and a singer, he spent most of his adolescence playing in rock bands. It wasn’t until declaring a major in Film Scoring and a minor in conducting at Berklee College of Music that he found his true calling with the piano.

 

Through his musical education Omar has developed his skills as an arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and a film composer. Working with a variety of gifted musicians from different places on various projects clearly demonstrated to him the learning benefits of intercultural collaboration

 

It was when Remy invited Omar in 2011 to speak about developing Winnie Dahlgren’s No Boundaries project in Morocco that they decided to create the Bridge Initiative, a project promoting the collaboration of artists, of various backgrounds and disciplines, in one common event or group of events.