The path of bringing this project to life ended up being a unique mixture of blood, sweat and tears - often feeling like every fiber of the world around us was resisting any tiny step ahead, relentlessly attempting to hold us back - together with shockingly uplifting moments of almost absurd amounts of support just dropped on us out of the blue.
One of these absurd moments came when we received a call from the Assistant General Secretary at the United Nations asking if we would like to come speak about our Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project and perform a concert inspired by the 10 Acts for the Global Compact on Refugees and Migrants, in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights in NYC (to which we said - YES!!!!!!). Having the chance to perform for and later speak with and get to know an audience filled with NGO’s from around the world - all doing much-needed work in the world of refugees - lifted our hearts and spirits, and proved also to be very useful in connecting us with a support system for the various unexpected needs that popped up throughout the remainder of our year of travels (such as calling up HER ROYAL HIGHNESS Elizabeth of the Danish-German royalty to help us find a Danish-Arabic-English translator last-minute from her castle on the Baltic Sea… - Whaaaaaaa????!!! YUP! That really happened!!!! We’re still picking our jaws up off the ground a year later after that one!). It was quite heartening and encouraging to know that we were connected to a network of humans doing beautiful things all around the world every moment of every day - ready at a moment’s notice to jump to one another’s aid.
Today’s clip is taken from our closing selection from that evening’s performance at the United Nations: a meditative excerpt taken from the “Quartet for the End of Time” - a piece written by Olivier Messaien while he was imprisoned in a German POW camp during the Second World War. Rather than close this concert with a standard and expected rousing or virtuosic final selection, we instead chose to end with a contemplative musical prayer which blended both Messaien’s dreams of a more just society in a time after the end of Time, together with the injunction of the 10th Act in the Global Compact on Refugees and Migrants - which seeks to one day build a rights-based world which eliminates the reasons behind humans becoming refugees, and one which offers the possibility of free, voluntary, protected, transparent, and accountable global migration.
If you would like to peruse the list of organizations who offered us their support and shared their mission with us at this concert, please visit the Novel Voices website www.novelvoices.org/organizations to learn more.
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#CarrPetrovaDuo is with
Music Academy of the West
International Rescue Committee
Refugee Assistance Partners - RAP
Danish Red Cross
Home for Refugees USA
Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria
Global Goals for Sustainable Development
Global Foundation for Democracy and Development GFDD
Universal Esperanto Association
Pan Pacific & South East Asia Women's Association - Ppseawa
The Salvation Army USA
Committee on Migration
General Board of Church and Society