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THIS WEEK:The Loves of Rose Bartu
What do the European Song Contest, Austria, New York, activism, musical freedom fighter, gospel, jazz, and the violin have in common? These are the loves of Rose Bartu.
Join Noreen Sumpter as she mashes it up with Rose Bartu on Beyond Potential: Live Life Your Way and learn about her journey from Austria to New York.
Introducing Rose Bartu, singer/songwriter/peace activist. Rose talks about her background, growing up in a small village in Austria. Her father was an architect who specialized in animal housing. He was always fighting for small farmers to save the environment against big companies. He would often build barns for cows. Her home had 100% renewable energy. Rose’s first form of activism was creating an environmental magazine at 12 years old. She learned the recorder, violin, piano, and guitar. At 14, Rose moved out to study music at a specialized high school.
Rose discusses what brought her to the United States. She grew up anti-American after listening to the radio growing up and hearing all the wars that the US would get involved in. She was invited to a classical masterclass in Minneapolis. In Austria, Rose had a teacher who worked with Charles Mingus. Her favorite genre of music to play is classical music. Jazz became too heady and sophisticated for her. She had been discriminated as a female European instrumentalist and discusses those difficulties once she arrived in America. Rose introduces her new song “Freedom.” She discusses the process and work that went into the song.
Rose continues to talk about “Freedom.” She talks about how the melody often comes to her, but the lyrics take more work. Rose had over 40 songs to choose from when she met with her producer. It took half a year before she was ready to go into the studio. She wants to continue to write and co write for other artists, as she loves writing songs and being in the studio. Rose talks about being on stage and how she does not need to apologize for just being herself. She discusses her new EP that she is working on that will come out in January. She is planning on something called Freedom Around the World, a concert held in NYC.
She is still building her team for Freedom Around the World, but it is going to be an opportunity for anyone to join in what will eventually be this worldwide project. Each concert will address an issue that is current, and funds will be raised to support issues. The concert in NYC will raise money for the children who have been separated from their families at the border. Rose talks about her pain and outrage that she experienced hearing that the United States left the UN Human Rights Council.