Door Dog Music (DDM) is an international live music production lab that promotes societal change and cultural engagement through the preservation of some of the world’s most endangered traditional musical forms. DDM fosters experiments in inter-cultural diversity with risk-taking music production programs that create social spaces for cultural exploration and ignite social activism through music.


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Highlights from Door Dog’s 2009 Youth Orchestra

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In the past 15 years, DDM has created opportunities for intensive dialogue among young people from different parts of the world by creating traditional music schools in Kyrgyzstan and Taiwan. The organization aims to inspire the next generation to learn about issues facing global and local communities by exploring traditional music compositions and techniques.

DDM’s arts education programs give young people the opportunity to learn from each other as well as from experienced musicians. They participate in global programs such as The Ritual Project, which connects young people in the Bay Area with their peers at traditional music schools in other countries through a combination of live and virtual performance with master musicians. At the San Francisco World Music Festival, they recently highlighted the music and cultural traditions of the indigenous Thao community of central Taiwan.

The continued support of the Sam Mazza Foundation allows DDM to continue to develop and implement programs that work toward shifting global and local attitudes across issues impacting environmental, human and animal rights. One such program is the International Music Youth Orchestra, created to promote and preserve ethnic music in the Bay Area. The orchestra provides local youth from oppressed or endangered cultures of the world with an opportunity to express themselves through traditional music forms such as the ragas of South India and the chamber music of China.

DDM’s local and international youth programs allow young people to learn firsthand from master artisans of instruments and musical forms as varied as the mysterious prayer bowls of Tibet, fiery tabla drums of India, haunting shakahachi flutes of Japan and the bellowing didjeridu of Australia’s Aboriginal people. Its commitment to teaching traditional forms contributes to their preservation by increasing the supply chain for traditional music and masters around the world.