Kandis, a classic violon-cellist (as they say in France) continues, "That's when I discovered that music is a language of its own which has no need for words, as it transcends vocabulary and languages spoken by speaking to the soul of each individual listener. That experience in Europe transformed my life as I'd always been told by my parents that "the world is my oyster", but when I saw my music speaking to people to whom I could not, I understood more deeply what they meant."
Kandis' accomplishments are noteworthy, having won titles of Principal Cellist for the International Festival of Orvieto, Italy and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Pavia, Italy. She has sat on the board of directors of the Benvenuto Club of Milan and was awarded Soloist of the Year by the Civic School of Music of Milan for her virtuoso cello repertoire.
Kandis continues, reminiscing eloquently about her childhood and continuing the tradition with a new generation of geniuses "No electronic devices, no toys, no television or phone calls. Just me and my music. This not only helped me to learn discipline and task setting/accomplishing, but it offered me an environment of intense concentration, which I learned early on in life. Knowing how to sit still, concentrate and quietly accomplish a task is a skill that's not only good for kids. It is a skill that helps any adult, as well."
Yes, American history is rich with the great accomplishments and good works of classicists as Ms. Kandis Davis. There is French horn player Julius Watkins, opera singer Kathleen Battle, Winston Marcellous (yes, the New Orleans trumpeter of the renowned Jazz family), violinist Regina Carter (another Detroit native), or Sugar Hill pianist Roy Eaton. Our World history, beginning with the 18th Century Afro-Brazilian and Afro-French composers, is even richer with composers, pianists, violinists and opera singers as Guadeloupe-born and Paris-based, Chevalier De Saint-George (1739-1799), dubbed the "Black Mozart".
A rich history deserves to be applauded and celebrated year round. Kandis' accomplishments have won her opportunities to perform on television and be celebrated in leading European magazines. Just this past November Kandis performed with her cello with Picasso Strings and David Guetta and Sam Martin for the grand finale of the X Factor Italia, broadcast live to a national audience in the UK.
"My cello's name is Mischia and that's the name every cello I've ever played on has had since I was 7 years old. Talk about having "an imaginary friend", lol! Mine was made of wood and actually spoke to me and others when I followed my teacher's instructions!" Yes, all kinds of sweet goodness and greatness. Goodness, gracious. Why don't we, instead of celebrating black history month in February 2015, begin celebrating our rich history 24/7 NOW? The rest of the world already is. Click Picture to hear Kandis Perform;
Patrick A. Howell is a proud MBB contributor. He has also co-coined the idea "Global I AAM" as representative of the Global International African Arts Movement, the one that comes after Hip Hop which came after the Harlem Renaissance which came before the Black Arts Movement. Check him out on, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest or Tweet him at @PatrickAnthony.
Author Patrick A. Howell - Originally printed http://mybrownbaby.com/ Date January 27th, 2015