The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, 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.
The #50Days4Refugees podcast series walks through the Duo's past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project. The 10 episodes cover 50 days for listeners to meet and engage with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations associated with refugee camps and and communities around the globe.
Listen to this week's 10.14.2019 Novel Voices podcast with violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova. Part 2 from the Jelling Camp, Denmark
Because music has such an uplifting, community-building effect, it was easy for the duo to forget amidst their camp visits, the abundance of darkness and sadness which was so often staring them in the face. It was hard for their psyches to consolidate the innocent smiles they saw together with the knowledge of what those smiles had already experienced at such a young age.
On their second day in the Jelling Refugee Camp, the duo greeted the children as they entered the Red Cross School classroom, and were stopped in their tracks when a disagreement broke out between two of the students over who would have first dibs on playing the viola. All of a sudden a chair flew through the air and two incredibly sweet children with whom they had interacted the entire day before released furious tirades at each other in Arabic. As the teachers moved in to assuage the situation, one of the children released a scream they will never forget. A scream of anger, sadness, frustration, and fury, a sound they had never witnessed before.
Carr-Petrova's sweet, gentle and very shy friend Siha is an Egyptian from Kuwait awaiting asylum in Denmark. Siha had deep, curious, thoughtful, and expressive eyes and the duo was excited to watch her slowly start to open up after making music together. Siha gave them another "reality check" moment while working with the students to design a "musical story" together.
One of Carr-Petrova's goals in launching the #NovelVoices Project was to educate themselves about what is being done by both local and international refugee-aid organizations who make a difference in the refugee crisis. Learning about the work done by the Danish Red Cross in their "Jelling Model" school exceeded all of the duo's expectations, filling their hearts with hope, admiration, and inspiration.
In each country the duo visited they had the opportunity to learn about particular refugee policies. The more they learned, the more urgency they felt. The Danish Red Cross was one of these organizations - and their work is INCREDIBLE. With their whole hearts, Carr-Petrova urges everyone reading this post to investigate your local Red Cross organization - and find ways to get involved. They are worthy of our time, volunteerism, and financial support, as they are making the world a better place every day.
Since joining forces as the Carr-Petrova Duo, violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova have compiled a remarkable list of accolades. Both acclaimed international soloists and prize winners, they have been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Lincoln Center, to name a few.
Produced & Narrated by Max Horowitz - Crossover Media
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