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Carr-Petrova Duo discusses 'Novel Voices' with 89.7WCPE

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The Carr-Petrova Duo's Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project project is 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. 

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."  

89.7WCPE: Wake Forest NC, Rob Kennedy spoke with the duo about the album and the project