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Debut Album: "Novel Voices"
1. Aram Khachaturian ‘Lullaby’ from Gayaneh (arr. Carr-Petrova Duo)
Mieczysław Weinberg Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 28 (arr. for viola J. Adler)
Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano
5. Impetuoso. Poco agitato
7. Adagio - Allegro
Fernando Arroyo Lascurain Novel Voices
8. Stories and Dreams
9. Dance of Uncertainty
10. Call and Prayer
ABOUT THE ALBUM
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
Novel voices sometimes take time to be heard. They need a special kind of nurturing, of advocacy, of defense. They are fragile, like the wings of a bird - and yet, they can make us fly; "hope" is the thing with feathers, as Dickinson says. Their struggle is long and always courageous. They must fight their circumstances, their past, their uncertain future, and above all, fight those other voices that want to thwart them continually, mock them, imprison them, hamper their dreams, wreck or ignore their important messages. These messages - which like morning light show us the possibilities in tomorrow and the "hope" inherent in all tragedies - are what the music chosen for this album tries to capture: works written by composers who faced tremendous adversity but who nevertheless used their art, through catharsis, to help find their place and voice in foreign lands.
Novel Voices is also what we titled a project we dreamed up together. We designed the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of refugee communities around the world, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Through the project, we brought free interactive classical music concerts to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.
Within this album live several novel voices, and they are novel for many different reasons. Khachaturian, the Armenian working in Moscow, who emerged victorious from the shackles of official state censorship; Clarke, a British female composer working in the United States, who – whilst writing in a male-dominated world - gifted the planet with a sonata for viola and piano that has become one the masterpieces of the century and an icon of this noblest of instruments, despite being one that is constantly at the mercy of the violin's shadow; Weinberg, a Polish Jew in Soviet Russia, doubly marginalized by virtue of both his Jewishness and his Polishness, forced to displace himself to another country because his own was occupied by the Nazis (who murdered his sister and parents), writing music that showed us all that one's ethnic roots alongside one's pains and joys could be turned into powerful art. And lastly, Fernando Arroyo Lascurain's piece, Novel Voices, a unique composition inspired by our travels through the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project into refugee camps and support programs in the US, Europe, and the Middle East – during which we performed concerts and workshops, as well as listened to, learned from, documented, and recorded the stories of our refugee audience members. Lascurain used our conversations and encounters as the basis for an original musical composition, giving the project’s refugee participants and their stories a novel musical voice.