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Laya Project - A Journey of Music and Survival
From EarthSync on March 26, 2020
Genres: Music
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes
Subtitles: English
Availability: Worldwide
A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, EarthSync’s award winning production Laya Project is a documentary about the lives and music culture of coastal and surrounding communities in the 2004 tsunami-affected regions of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India.

A visual journey documenting folk music recorded and filmed on location, some of these performances are rare and documented for the first time. For the international team of musicians, producers, sound engineers and camera crew who came together for this unique production, Laya Project is a celebration of life and is dedicated to the survivors.

Since its release, the film went on to win several awards - including the Founder's Choice Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; Best Film Award at the Byron Bay Film Festival; Special Juror's Choice Award at Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania and the Audience Award at Imaginaria Film Festival in Italy. It has been screened at international film festivals around the world, and was broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.

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About The Project

Laya Project’s musicians are the people of coastal and surrounding communities in the 2004 tsunami-affected regions of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India.
This production is based on regional folk music traditions, recorded and brought back to the studio to create a composition that mixes and enhances the original recordings, and embarks on a musical journey crossing borders, while preserving the music of the people.

The Laya Project is a personal and collective tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, and is dedicated to the survivors of the 26th December 2004 Asian tsunami.

The Documentary

A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, EarthSync’s award winning production Laya Project is a documentary about the lives and music culture of coastal and surrounding communities in the 2004 tsunami-affected regions of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India.
A visual journey documenting folk music recorded and filmed on location, some of these performances are rare and documented for the first time. For the international team of musicians, producers, sound engineers and camera crew who came together for this unique production, Laya Project is a celebration of life and is dedicated to the survivors.

Since its release, the film went on to win several awards - including the Founder's Choice Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival; Best Film Award at the Byron Bay Film Festival; Special Juror's Choice Award at Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania and the Audience Award at Imaginaria Film Festival in Italy. It has been screened at international film festivals around the world, and was broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.

The Album

In addition to the film, the critically acclaimed Laya Project album was released on the EarthSync label and is based on the regional folk music traditions of the six tsunami-affected countries.
The album was recorded live on location and then brought back to the studio - resulting in a series of stunning arrangements and compositions that crossed borders and genres, while still preserving the music and traditions of the people.