Archiv für April 2011

Just for some inspiration

Frank Zappa playing the bike… enjoy

Mengzi

We‘re pleased to present the newest members of our group:


That’s tyle with a valve trumpet, which he exchanged against his slide trumpet, so that he can play the accordeon and trumpet at the same time.


And this is Bruno with a cello that will be strapped to the front of the tallbike —

Good morning, Vietnam! See you in Hanoi in a few weeks . . .

(We must cycle fast to cross the border by April 22, so afterward we‘ll have more time to write about the adventures since Wuhan: train travel, hitch-hiking on a dumptruck, riding with CJ, Crystal and Ceki, Yama’s open plans to stay in China, the wild 600km bus ride to actually find a cello, Ballaque’s Big Adventure, and numerous tales from mountainous dirt roads becoming super highways becoming tiny villages with nice local chicken eggs. Three months in China was . . . )

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To all who have participated in the 2wheels4change project, we‘re still collecting stories, photos and drawings for a zine. Send us your stuff!

Looking for riders & translation.

Please foreward the following text & post it everywhere fitting! Thanks…

We‘re looking for people to travel in an intentional community of musicians and other performers. We‘re cycling the planet, for the planet . . . raising awareness about the causes of environmental destruction. We try to help people find ways of living sustainably that fit with their specific cultural situations. We do so through public video screenings and open discussions about things like but not limited to: alternative education, alternative housing concepts, communal living. The „Story of Stuff“ project continues to be a big inspiration and is supportive with materials.

This year we need translators from English, German or French, into Vietnamese, Lao, Thai, Kazak, Armenian, Georgian and Turkish, because we will be cycling through those areas. If more people join us and want to stay longer in Asia, we are also considering Malaysia, Cambodia, Tibet, Nepal and India . . .

We will be cycling through the rural areas as much as possible and will take trains when visa requirements restrict the amount of time we can spend in each country. On self-made tallbikes and a longjohn carrying all of our theater and musical instruments, our average speed is 30km/day, and we often stop in interesting places to get to know the local people.

We earn enough money for our food through our music and circus-like street performances. Transportation and visa costs are shared equally between all members of the group, regardless of differences due to nationality or size and weight of the bikes and instruments! However, until we find more sponsors (hint, hint) these costs must be covered by personal savings.

We learn from each other, sharing skills and experiences (like the accordeon, cello, clarinet, trumpet, darbuka, clowning, acting, electrode welding, bike repairs, etc.) This isn‘t always easy, but it’s better than going to school and deffinitely worth the time and patience!

If you want to join us for any period of time, or help us out with translating our material, write to
2wheels4change (at) gmail (dot) com

Our whole story is on
www.2wheels4change.com

If you can‘t acces that because your country doesn‘t like intellectual freedom, try
www.2wheels4change.tk (twowheelsforchange.blogsport.de)

And whatever you do, don‘t forget to rock your socks off at our bRokeN ZiRkuS moNkey bAnd’s own site:
www.monkeyband.tk (monkeyband.blogsport.de)