Giant Steps Launches Music Action Lab 2.0 With A Diverse Calendar Of Events

Article Contributed by Press Junkie PR | Published on Sunday, October 1, 2017

Giant Steps Music is proud to announce the launch of their Music Action Lab 2.0 starting on September 25, 207 that includes a unique calendar of events, workshops, and sessions. The Music Action Lab is an innovative music residency uniting musicians from across the globe to create social impact music, and to nurture the next generation of musical changemakers. More info can be found at

Giant Steps is on a mission to create and curate innovative musical approaches to social good and solving global issues. Formed in 2016 by Drew Foxman, Giant Steps aims to build a field for “social impact music” where music can take its rightful place in society as a springboard for transformative change. As such, Giant Steps has launched Music Action Lab, a social impact incubator for musicians. The Music Action Lab 1.0 was a huge success and resulted in the critically acclaimed album Foundation, which The Huffington Post described “When music goes beyond an arbitrary arrangement of pleasant sounding notes, it becomes an instrument of change…Combining the minds of these nine innovative musicians establishes an approachable dialogue that utilizes the ubiquity of music.”

The Music Action Lab 2.0 features nine musicians across the globe including Rona Nishliu(Vocals) from Kosovo, Sevana Tchakerian (Accordion, Vocals, Flute) from Armenia, James Brandon Lewis (Saxophone) from the U.S., Kauzeni Lyamba (Flutes, Sax, Percussion, Vocals) from Tanzania, Erika Oba (Piano, Flute) from Japan/USA, Avery Waite (Cello) from the U.S., Chris Bastian (Bass) from the U.S., Ernesto “Matute” Lopez (Drums) from Nicaragua, and Kasiva Mutua (Percussion, Vocals), from Kenya.

The four week lab sessions are spread throughout the Bay Area, CA, but end in their fourth week in Ixtapa, Mexico. Dates and locations can be found here.

Music Action Lab 2.0 Sessions (Calendar)

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Friday, September 29, 3:30-7:30pm
Open Rehearsal at University of San Francisco

Other sessions open to USF:

Sunday, October 1, 5pm, Open Mic and Jam Session

Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco

Tuesday, October 3-Thursday, October 5, 1-5pm
Eric Harland Residency. Ambrose Akinmusire residency Oct 4-5

Thursday, October 5, 5:30pm
Performance at Morgan Simon’s Book Launch, Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change, Oakland
Info and tickets here:

Tuesday, October 10, 5:30pm, SOCAP Conference, Fort Mason, SF

A mainstage plenary music-poetry performance with Halloran Philanthropies on Human Well-Being, followed by sneak preview debut of Music Action Collective

Friday, October 13, 7pm
Recording Session at 25th Street Recording, Oakland

Partner is double0one – link at

Saturday, October 14, 8pm, Ashkenaz
World Premiere Concert, Berkeley