Creative Musical Connections: Workshops with U.S. and Tunisian Musicians in Partnership with U.S. NGO Planet Arts 

Connect – hangout – interact and join a collaborative music industry conversation

From February to June 2021, the U.S. Embassy is proud to support a creative collaboration with U.S.-based NGO Planet Arts.  Join us for a gathering of musicians, producers and educators from the United States and Tunisia to share ideas, methods and experiences in developing and maintaining creative and successful careers in the music industry – including tips for managing the pandemic.  This series of virtual interactions will focus on entrepreneurship concepts for independent musicians and will continue through June of 2021.

Sign up for the first workshop here

Artists include: Douglas Purviance, Fawzi Chekili, Renee Rosnes, Brandon Lee, Omar El Ouare, Alexa Taranntino, Rodney Jones, Jamie Baum, Lydia Liebman, Mehdi Azaiez, Al Pryor, Ben Allison, Rich Falco, Yacine Boulares, Mike Benedict, Greg Knowles, and Fela Davis

See artists’ bios at:


February 14, 2021

6:00 PM (18:00 – Tunisia time) – 12 noon EST (New York time)

Dealing with the pandemic: A Covid-19 roundtable discussion about maintaining creativity and a positive business sense during the challenges of the pandemic, with guest artists Brandon Lee and Mehdi Azaiez

Moderated by Douglas Purviance and Thomas Bellino

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February 28, 2021

6:00 PM (18:00 – Tunisia time) – 12 noon EST (New York time)

Insights on promoting yourself and your music to a global audience, with special guest Lydia Liebman of Lydia Liebman Promotions and moderated by Thomas Bellino

*Lydia Liebman is a media and music industry professional with experience as a publicist, concert promoter, radio host, musician, producer and journalist

March 14, 2021

6:00 PM (18:00 – Tunisia time) – 12 noon EST (New York time)

Collaboration and Cooperation: Musicians working together toward a common goal with musician, composer and educator Ben Allison

*Ben Allison has developed an international reputation as a performer, composer and producer and is a leading voice in contemporary jazz. He performs worldwide with his groups Think Free, The Trio, and the Ben Allison Band. Ben is also on of the creators of the innovative Jazz Composers Collective.

March 28, 2021

6:00 PM (18:00 – Tunisia time) – 12 noon EST (New York time)

Creating your own reality: Breaking down barriers to achieve success, with special guests Douglas Purviance and Fawzi Chekili and moderated by Thomas Bellino

*Fawzi Chekili has been leading several jazz projects over the last thirty five years in his home country and abroad, not only performing as a fine guitarist and composer but also creating several events featuring world renowned jazz artists.

*Douglas Purviance has toured extensively with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Mingus Big Band. Currently he is the most wanted bass trombone player in the New York jazz scene and is playing with the Jimmy Heath Big Band; Christian McBride Big Band, Ron Carter’s Great Big Band and Jon Faddis’ New York Jazz Orchestra.

April 11, 2021

6:00 PM (18:00 – Tunisia time) – 12 noon EST (New York time)

Artist to be announced

April 25, 2021

6:00 PM (18:00 – Tunisia time) – 12 noon EST (New York time)

Artist to be announced

Coming in May and June 2021

Streaming concerts from Scott Petito’s NRS studios in Catskill, NY

Artists will include Jamie Baum, Yacine Boulares and Brandon Lee

*Over the years Scott has worked with The Band, James Taylor, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Mercury Rev, Keith Richards, Michael Franks, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and hundreds more.

To be announced: more interactive workshops with Jamie Baum, Alexa Tarantino, Renee Rosnes, Rodney Jones and Fela Davis