VOICES 21C head to Israel and Palestine with new program, “Here I Am”
Boston MA, Israel and Palestine
August 2017: VOICES 21C (http://www.voices21c.org/) and artistic director Professor André de Quadros of Boston University will be touring Israel and Palestine in order to further their mission of compassion, love and non-violence through music. The choir is comprised of singers from around the United States and promotes human understanding by engaging in an interdisciplinary approach to artistic expression. The group’s unique egalitarian approach to choral singing includes the spoken word, creative movement and body imagery, aleatoric elements, improvisation, Western classical music, and music from a variety of world cultures.
“Here I Am,” is the title of VOICES 21C’s upcoming tour. Because we live in a time when an unprecedented 65 million people throughout the world are refugees, and where, closer to home, thousands of Americans are rendered homeless and harbor-less, the words “Here I Am” bear great significance.
“Here I Am” represents innumerable states of being; it calls on humankind to resist, witness, accept, question, and anticipate. Musically, “Here I Am” allows the listener to experience dissatisfaction with the state of the world and hopefulness simultaneously.
Highlights of the group’s upcoming tour will include a meeting with Combatants for Peace (http://cfpeace.org/) and several collaborative performances with choirs from Israel (Jerusalem Academy, and the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, Kol & Sol, Zimriya) and Palestine (Al Baath). By engaging in “mutual learning” experiences, the group seeks to open spaces in the minds and hearts of people so that participants may see the world and its cultures in broader terms.
The members of VOICES 21C hope that by encouraging positive human interaction through music, they may in turn help facilitate social change and foster global understanding.