Novel Voices, the newest branch of the non-profit called Project: Music Heals Us, is a project created to help raise awareness, through art, about the lives and struggles of refugees across the globe, while also educating its participants and audiences on what can be done to help and how the layman can get involved.
During the 2018-2019 season, violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova (as the Carr-Petrova Duo), along with composer Fernando Arroyo Lascurain, and film-director/cinematographer Lea Hjort will visit and perform in several refugee camps and programs in America, Europe, & the Middle East, hoping to offer the momentary peace, encouragement, and healing that music can provide. Using a concert program comprised of works by composers such as Clarke, Bianco, Leibermann, & Carter - which each tell unique stories of groundbreaking personal, societal, or compositional "firsts," they will have the opportunity to interactively introduce their refugee audiences to the world and power of classical music. The Carr-Petrova Duo will also perform the same program on many international concert stages throughout the season, sharing the scope and idea of Novel Voices, hoping to both incite a desire to step up and help make a difference as well as inspire a new generation of entrepreneurial musicians to use their talents for social good.
This one-year travel project will also allow Molly, Anna, Fernando, and Lea to listen to, learn from, collect and record the life-stories of their refugee audience members; these stories and encounters will then serve as the inspiration for Fernando's original work in which he will give the project’s refugee participants and their life-stories a novel musical voice.
The Carr-Petrova Duo will record and release this original work as part of their debut album titled Novel Voices, debuting the work in Carnegie Hall in Fall 2019.
Throughout the year, Molly, Anna, Fernando, and Lea will update Novel Voices' online blog with the collected recordings, videos, and their own written musings documenting each refugee camp experience and personal encounter – thus allowing a global audience the means to travel, encounter, experience, and learn along with them. Every post will also contain detailed information on both the specific refugee-aid organizations with which the ensemble will be collaborating as well as ways that anyone anywhere can get involved.