Carr-Petrova Duo #novelvoicesalbum #carrpetrovaduo - releases The Novel Voices album recorded for Melos Records.
Album will be available for pre-order on September 1 and worldwide purchase on October 4.
The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.
From August 12th to October 1st, 2019 the Carr-Petrova Duo will be launching the next phase of the Project: #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which will walk through the Duo's past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project. By releasing a single story a day for 50 days, the campaign will present the opportunity to meet and engage with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations the Duo encountered in refugee camps and refugee communities around the globe.
The campaign also serves as the countdown to the worldwide release of the Carr-Petrova Duo's debut album "Novel Voices" on October 4th, 2019 on the Melos Label. The album explores compositions written in the midst of adversity and personal struggle, featuring works by R. Clarke, M. Weinberg, and A. Khachaturian - as well as the world premiere of the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project's commissioned work by Fernando Arroyo Lascurain.
On the concept of the album, the Duo remarks, "Within this album live several novel voices, each of which are novel for various 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 – fighting against all odds to pursue her dreams whilst writing in a male-dominated world - gifted the planet with a sonata for viola and piano that has become one of 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 Jewish-ness and his Polish-ness, forced to displace himself to another country because his own was occupied by the Nazis, 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 around the world - through which Lascurain offers the project's refugee participants and their stories a novel, musical voice."
The Duo's upcoming engagements include their Carnegie Debut in Weill Recital Hall, on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 8 PM, the release of another album featuring all American composers, and international concert tours, masterclasses and residencies in China, Europe, the US, and Israel.