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Share the Music

Songstream story road signIf someone could create a map of how we arrived at this point, it would make fascinating viewing. We have reached this point along meandering lanes, seeming dead-ends, and scattered pathways. Along those routes we have carried with us an appreciation of music and stories and the webs they help weave. Everywhere we’ve traveled and all the people we’ve met have helped bring us to this point in our lives when the idea of SongStream not only makes perfect sense, but demands that we breathe life into it.

Vanessa ContopulosAccording to her parents, Vanessa Contopulos sang before she walked, and she hasn’t stopped singing since. Vanessa’s family passed on to her a love of folk music and with that, a curiosity for people and their stories. This has connected naturally with a lifelong love of radio.

Vanessa studied Classical Voice and Psychology at the University of Redlands and was lucky to stumble upon the field of music therapy, which combines her two loves- music and people. She has been working in music education and music therapy for the last 10 years. She is a singer/songwriter and plays the guitar, piano, ukulele, and mandolin.

Vanessa loves travel and meeting new people with different perspectives on life. She always finds that music opens doors to conversation and friendship. Some of her favorite musical moments have included leading a song writing workshop with a group of Fijian UN Peacekeepers and singing John Denver songs with a Ugandan grandmother in a refugee camp.

As a Rotary Peace Fellow, Vanessa completed her MA at the University of Bradford in Conflict Resolution. She has since written and published on the role of music therapy strategies in dialogue and music for conflict transformation.
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Alex DauschOriginally from New Orleans, Alex Dausch has been surrounded by music since before he could walk. He has a mixed creative background, with years of musical composition and production experience as well as a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing. Having recorded a number of solo and collaborative records in high school and college, he began to explore his interest in production and audio engineering.

Since living in San Diego Alex has been running Studio Studios, a successful but humble boutique recording service that prides itself on blending the digital and analog worlds. It is unique in that its projects often involve Alex’s playing on many of the songs’ instrumental parts at the request of the clients.

With several other projects in the works, Alex keeps himself busy with recording and still composes and records his own music continually. An active member of the local music scene he currently works as the manager of Prodigy School Of Arts, in Bird Rock, San Diego.
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Michael FryerMichael Fryer has a brain that remembers stories. All his life he has loved hearing stories and sharing them with others. Since 1996 he has been working in the field of peacebuilding. A lot of that time has been spent designing and facilitating training workshops. He’s been lucky to work with people from all over the world and in many different countries. The simplest way to describe his work is that he tries to create a space in which ideas can be shared, taught and explored. He runs Peace Practitioners, an online journal that allows people working on peace-related projects to reflect on their work.

Michael has a deep appreciation of life’s ability to present random and unexpected opportunities. He has played the tin whistle in front of Prince Charles, shared a room with an African chief, and danced to Dagestani folk music alongside the British ambassador to Russia. He has an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, UK.
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Talia MoralesTalia Morales, MT-BC: Music has always been a big part of Talia’s life. As a board certified music therapist, she’s made a career out of her love of music. Since 2002 she has worked in this capacity with a variety of populations in the States and abroad. The extent of her work involves working collaboratively with students, families and educators on how music can be used as a motivating tool for personal growth, learning, greater communication and positive social change. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding degree through The European Graduate School.

As a vocal performer, she has worked with a variety of musical ensembles ranging from jazz combos, big band ensembles to blues and funk bands. As a singer-songwriter, Talia also performs her original music, drawing from her love of world music, jazz, and her roots in Latin American folk music, offering an acoustic musical blend of soulful folk with Latin flavor.
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Megan E. Gilbert, artistMegan E. Gilbert is an illustrator based in Victoria, British Columbia. She completed a BA in Art Education at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA and went on to teach art at Hellenic International Studies in Arts in Paros, Greece and Vancouver Island School of Art. She has written and illustrated children's books and her illustration work is featured regularly in the online publication, The Media Res.