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The Silence Is Broken is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that uses the creative and performing arts and a sustained media campaign to halt the spread of HIV. We produce entertainment content to facilitate education, eradicate stigma (often the barrier to education) and advocate HIV testing for all. Our feature length docu-concert movie, The Silence Is Broken, is now available for viewing. We invite you to watch and enjoy our performances. This is our gift to you and your contribution in halting the spread of HIV.

Our features strive to be engaging and entertaining while serving as a sobering reminder that HIV is still with us. Our docu-concert fundraiser is an online pay-per-view. Your $20 purchase goes a long way in reinvigorating the discussion around HIV here in the United States and normalizing the debate so that we know our HIV facts, take precaution and get tested. These are all necessary in the quest to arrest and eradicate this virus. Your gift is tax deductible and your movie is available for 24 hours once you begin watching.

As social entrepreneurs, we invite organizations of every type to work with us to earn unrestricted revenue through our (H)2O program. Through our SIB At The Movies program, anyone can invite The Silence Is Broken to screen our movie for your organization or group and earn unrestricted income in the process. And finally, we are helping students across America earn money for college through our Education through Volunteerism program. In addition to our pay-per-view features, The Silence Is Broken provides videotaped interviews with Executive Directors of community based organizations on the front lines of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. We invite you to view SIB’s (e)Factor. The excellence Factor is a series of inspiring conversations with extraordinary people, living extraordinary lives. These first steps have already produced outstanding impact and outcomes in several communities throughout the United States.


The Silence Is Broken HIV campaign is designed to create awareness, educate, and raise money to help fight the virus and the stereotypes it falsely creates.

The Silence Is Broken campaign was introduced by composer and producer Patrick Gandy as a gift to his daughters. He wanted to put something in the world where they could learn about HIV and AIDS from him through a medium he was familiar with (music) and the message would be reinforced through cultural discourse.

By using media combined with the creative and performing arts as a mechanism of change, The Silence Is Broken is taking a bold stance that The Silence Is Broken with its artists, thinkers, and performers, we will lead in the effort to halt the spread of HIV.

The Silence Is Broken campaign is designed to constantly and consistently impart its message until eradication. We have interviewed HIV positive women in Los Angeles, New York, Louisiana, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus and Philadelphia to hear their stories. We will continue to reach out and interview those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS to normalize the discussion and gain insight.

Though trial and tribulation is a part of living, our goal is to promote a message that HIV does not have to be one of the trials, it is preventable. Our message is one of empowerment. This however, does not replace the reality or seriousness that is HIV. While the horizon is seemingly bleak, broadcasting images of extraordinary people creating their extraordinary lives will be examples young people and all people can emulate.


This is an example of The Silence Is Broken’s H2O program (Organizations Helping Organizations). Gifted artists came together to help another organization, St. Bernard Rescue of Southern California, raise awareness and money for abandoned and abused St. Bernard dogs. We can do the same for your organization and cause.

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The Silence Is Broken song is about a woman who discovers she is HIV positive and has to disclose it to her family.

The song has been performed on several national television shows and in public venues throughout the country. Renee Goldsberry, (One Life to Live, Ally McBeal and the Broadway productions of The Color Purple, The Lion King and Rent) is the voice of the Silence Is Broken. Learn more about Renee.

Community based organizations (CBO's) are hands on and work the front lines of an issue.










A series of conversations with extraordinary people, living extraordinary lives.
Through their journey they are breaking the silence.
How do you break it?

Karen Elaine
Music and Wellness

Karen Elaine is an active member of the Hollywood studio music scene as a viola and violin player. Finding balance physically/spiritually/mentally,
Ms. Elaine has a daily yoga practice that includes Ashtanga Yoga led by Maria Villella and body alignment by Jasmine Lieb. Ms. Elaine blends
these disciplines in her performance art work titled “AY-M- acrobatic yoga and music”, in which Karen plays the viola repertoire with choreography
that includes the performer.





Billy Childs was born in Los Angeles. Having demonstrated an aptitude for piano as early as age six, Childs developed rapidly, and at age sixteen entered the Community School of the Performing Arts, a preparatory music program sponsored by the University of Southern California, studying theory with Marienne Uszler and piano with John Weisenfluh. In 1975, he entered USC as a composition major, graduating four years later with a bachelor of music in composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn.


Since then Mr. Childs has received a number of orchestral commissions, including: Tone Poem for Holly (1993) and Fanfare for the United Races of America (1994), each commissioned and premiered by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Distant Land (1995) by the Akron Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alan Balter; Music for String Orchestra (1989) for the Plymouth Music Series, conducted by Phillip Brunelle; and Concerto for Percussion and Concert Band (1986) by the North Texas  State Wind Orchestra conducted by Eugene Corporan. His cantata, Just Like Job, also commissioned by the the Akron Symphony Orchestra, had its world premiere on March 15, 1997. Shortly after the completion of Just Like Job, Childs then commenced work on A Day in the Forest of Dreams written for woodwind quintet and piano and commisioned by the Dorian Wind Quintet. The work was premiered in September, 1997 at Merkin Hall in New York city, and was recorded in spring of 1998. In early 2004, Childs completed “For Suzanne” a commissioned composition for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which was premiered by Childs, the L. A. Philharmonic, and Dianne Reeves, on January 24, 2004 in the newly constructed Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry. In October 2004 Childs completed “The Fierce Urgency Of Now”, a musical setting of various texts by Dr. Martin Luther King. It was performed by Childs, Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as part of the inaugural concert series for the new Jazz At Lincoln Center facility. On April 24, 2005, Childs’ cantata for the Los Angeles Master Chorale entitled “The Voices Of Angels” was premiered at Walt Disney concert hall. After the performance, Childs, along with soloist, Luciana Souza and conductor, Grant Gershon received a ten minute standing ovation and three curtain calls. Childs’ solo jazz recording career began in 1988, when he released Take For Example, This…, the first of four critically acclaimed albums on the Windham Hill Jazz label. He followed that album with Twilight Is Upon Us (1989), His April Touch (1992), and Portrait Of A Player (1993).


Upon Childs’ departure from Windham Hill Jazz. His next album, I’ve Known Rivers on Stretch/GRP (now Stretch/Concord) was released in 1995.


Childs then followed with The Child Within, released on the Shanachie record label in 1996. In two years (1996 & 1997),

Childs was nominated three times for a Grammy award; twice  for “Best Instrumental Composition” (1996 – “The Starry Night” from “I’ve Known Rivers” and 1997 – “Aaron’s Song” from “The Child Within” ) and once for “Best Performance by a Jazz Group” (1997 – “The Child Within”). In 2002, Childs received a fourth Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Arrangment Accompanying a Vocalist” for his arrangement of “Fascinating Rhythm” on “The Calling – Celebrating Sarah Vaughn” (Dianne Reeves). Childs’ Jazz-Chamber Ensemble was awarded a sizeable grant by Chamber Music America to perform in a venue of his choosing. Lyric (2005), recorded with that group, was nominated for three Grammys in 2006: best instrumental composition (Into The Light), best instrumental arrangement (Scarborough Faire), and best jazz CD (Lyric). Childs won two Grammys that year; one for best instrumental composition (Into The Light) and another for best arrangement accompanying a vocalist (his fourth nomination that year). In all, Childs has received eight Grammy nominations, winning the award twice.


Other notable accomplishments include having been commisioned twice by the Monterey Jazz Festival: once to write an extended piano concerto (Concerto for Piano & Jazz Chamber Orchestra – 1994) and also to arrange a set of original compositions for Bobby Hutcherson (1998). In the fall of 2000, Childs arranged, orchestrated, and conducted the Dianne Reeves CD, “The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughn”. He has also performed with his own trio in Carnegie Hall.


Currently, Mr. Childs is scheduled to work on a piece for The American Brass Quintet, The Imani Woodwind Quintet, The Jazz Chamber Ensemble with The Ying String Quartet, and another piece for the Los Angeles Master Chorale.


Dave Glasser has worked with such renowned artists/entities as The Count Basie Orchestra (under Frank Foster’s direction), Barry Harris, and Clark Terry. Dave is a current member of Clark’s quintet. When not touring, Dave teaches Bebop Harmony and Saxophone at New York’s New School for Social Research, which has become one of the most influential centers of jazz higher learning in the world.


Dave Glasser has performed with the Clark Terry Quintet (1995 – 2006) and with the Count Basie Orchestra (1989-91 under the direction of Frank Foster), Illinois Jacquet (1988, 1991-95), and Barry Harris. He also performs with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars (Feat. Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, James Moody), Hank Jones, Bob Mintzer and many others. He was a featured soloist with the Earl May Quartet at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in NYC in 2000, 2001, and 2002.


Dave’s latest CD, Above The Clouds, was released in the fall of 2006 on Arbors records. Earlier CD’s as a leader include Begin Again on Chiaroscuro records, Dreams Askew on Artemis, and Uh Oh on Nagel Heyer records. He has recorded four CD’s as a member of the Clark Terry Quintet, two as a member of the Earl May Quartet, two as a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, and numerous others as a sideman. For a full list of his recordings please visit his discography page.


Dave has been featured on the cover of JazzEd and Saxophone Journal and has enjoyed features in Jazz Improv, JAZZIZ, and Jazz Times Magazines.


As an instructor, Mr. Glasser has been at the New School Jazz program since 1996 teaching Bebop Harmony, Charlie Parker Ensemble, Ear Training and Applied Saxophone. He was a faculty member of the Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies in Le Mars, Iowa from 1995 – 97, has served as a clinician at numerous universities and high schools around the world and has a strong following as a private instructor.


Born and raised in New York City, Dave Glasser is a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and has received extensive instruction from Lee Konitz, Frank Perowsky, and Barry Harris.


2005 proved to be quite a year for Barbara. Now, it has been nearly one year since her grand opening of the Palette Gallery in Ojai California and her transformation into a full-time artist and artist representative. In traditional Barbara form, she has managed to turn a few heads in the process. Ojai is a small town full of artists and art lovers, you can see that clearly as you drive through the center of town. Art galleries, music stores, fashion, home decor, fine restaurants and gourmet coffee shops line the streets. This is a town devoted to asthetic, pleasure and healthy living. But Barbara was the first to open a gallery exclusively dedicated to the human form—the nude.

She has attracted, and now represents a growing group of like-minded artists from all over. Her openings have become the stuff of legend, and have not gone unnoticed by the press, citizens and even town officials. The mayor himself was spotted at the opening of Colors of Life, recently.


Figure models, live music, fire artists and even some circus performers all converge to make her art openings interactive, full of life and memorable. But let’s not forget it’s all about the art, and that’s what Barbara does best. With Palette Gallery attracting so much attention to her’s and her fellow artists work, she is now more productive than ever and has reached a creative stride.


Born and raised in Southern California and growing up in a highly artistic family, Fritsche has always been driven to explore her own artistic nature. Self-taught, Fritsche owes much of her technique and approach to the greats that inspired her. Flashes of Cezanne, Matisse and, particularly, Gauguin, are seen in the color and boldness of her work.


A larger and more direct inspiration has been found in building her home and studio in rural Ojai California, where she loves to hike with her dogs, cook and paint. “I can’t live in concrete,” Fritsche says emphatically, “I thrive in nature. A good hike just clears my mind and frees up everything.”

The great outdoors is a common theme in her work with nudes. The subjects of her paintings can often be seen bathing in water and sunning on rocks.


Barbara’s earlier work, evocative and often disturbing, was sparse in both color and structure.

Then, motivated by the need to move fully into a new stage of her career, Fritsche

began to explore the color and form of the female image. Widening and deepening her scope to include all aspects of the human form in their primeval, chthonian manifestations. This develped into a deep passion for the challenge of the female figurative form and the work has since taken on a life of its own. “Given what I’m known for, I’m surprised by its content,” she says, “but this is as much me as anything I’ve done before.”




Long involved in abstract painting, Fritsche has moved into the exploration of figurative painting centered in the use of ambient colors to animate the forms. In many of these compositions, it is interesting to note her juxtaposition of the female figure, long a metaphor for humanity, and the corruption and raw energy of rock forms. There is, of course, an inherent and unconscious reference to Paul Gauguin’s first Tahitian period in both subject and use of brushwork. Fritsche, however, is not engaged in providing a romanticized image, but rather a post-modern contextualization of archtypical women in time and space.


The natural activities and relaxed state of most of the images allow for insight into the private landscape of the female experience. The use of the predominant hues of blues and sepias effect a fascinating “distancing” from the viewer, which allows the viewing of these figures as from a memory, rather than in the harsh light of present time. In all, Fritsche has reengaged the historical language of figurative painting in a fresh and poignant way.


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The Silence Is Broken campaign uses the creative and performing arts and a sustained media campaign to create trust, eliminate stigma, create awareness, educate, and advocate testing in communities of color to halt the spread of new HIV infections. SIB is focused on women of color, whose infection rates are on the rise, to the exclusion of no other group.

Please support the campaign with a donation. All donations are tax deductible and go to further SIB’s cause of ultimate eradication of this virus.


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