The Bridge Project
Throughout history, bridges have symbolized a myriad of emotions: From “building bridges” to “burning bridges,” from “bridging the gap” to “bridging the past with the future,” the bridge has captured our collective imaginations as a rich, evocative metaphor.
In music, “the bridge” is often used to connect sections of a composition, to create a whole from individual elements, to take the listener from one place to another.
The Bridge Project is a new musical collective which expands upon the idea of the musical bridge, bringing together seemingly disparate cultures and personalities, to create a singular, cohesive unit. Comprised of a Turkish Muslim, an Australian Christian, and an Israeli Jew, The Bridge Project does more than cross a chasm; The Bridge Project eliminates it entirely.
The members of The Bridge Project met through their mutual work for audio software developer Waves, recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY® Award. Despite the fact that the project’s three members had never met in person, that did not prevent them from embarking together on a mutual journey, recording their album of acoustic music with the help of their personal home studios and the internet.
For a bit over a year, they sent each other multitrack recording files and communicated through email and Skype. Though they came from different cultures and musical backgrounds, their long-distance collaborations bridged the gaps between them, resulting in a harmonious mixture of multicultural musical magic.
A violinist and audio engineer, Ittai Shaked grew up in Israel and studied music production on both the east and west coasts of the United States. Ittai has participated in a variety of world music projects, including Berkeley, California’s acclaimed Za’atar Ensemble, as well as Tel Aviv-based Middle Eastern rockers Ha’Sukaryot. By day, Ittai is a quality assurance coordinator for Waves.
A singer and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Toulouse, France, Ümit Ceyhan is a native of Turkey, schooled in the traditional music of Anatolia. A true renaissance man, with a background in sound engineering, instrument making and film direction, Ümit currently works as a performing musician and composer, as well as a teacher of the sonic and cinematic arts at the University of Toulouse.
A multi-talented multi-instrumentalist, singer, and audio engineer, Australia’s Andy Busuttil has vast musical experience as both a performer and teacher. Andy’s specialty is the folk music of the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia Minor, and he has played with many musicians and bands from many genres in music. His current projects are focused on his home islands of the Maltese Archipelago. His studio (Blue Mountain Sound) is well known in Australia and has produced, mixed and mastered many fine albums.