World premiere of the string quartet, The Thailand HRDs, takes place Holiday Monday, August 6 in Toronto at a special concert, performed by New York’s Mivos Quartet, as part of the Mount Pleasant Summer Concert Series (follow the signs to the Funeral Centre).
UPDATE – Happening Fall 2018: #music4HRDs – World String Quartet initiative – Music 4 Human Rights Defenders (HRDs)
Part concert, part photo exhibit, part memorial to Thai environmental activists. This 35-movement musical elegy is dedicated to victims who were killed or went missing because of their efforts to stop powerful interests who wanted to destroy their community’s environment and impede human rights.
It sounds like heavy subject matter but the music is both elegiac and defiant. It is a great way to learn about the realities of activism around the world. This concert is in a unique and beautiful hall, which will give audience members a poignant way to reflect after a long weekend and contemplate how each of us can make our own mark in this world.
“This Quartet has earned a reputation as one of America’s most daring and ferocious
new-music ensembles… Mivos balances it’s knack for technical extremes with emotional
depth that can warm up even the harshest sounds.” (The Chicago Reader)
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Special thanks to Protection International for the important work that they do and for commissioning this piece, to Luke Duggleby for his inspiring photographs, and to the support of the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Arts Foundation and the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award, Lakeshore Arts and of course to Valerie Gordon and the Mount Pleasant Group for hosting this event. We wouldn’t have what we have in our world today if it wasn’t for all the human rights defenders who are out there every day trying to make this world a better place for all.
photo by Luke Duggleby/Protection International from the photo essay,
For Those Who Died Trying
After the concert, Mivos will be heading to a studio in Toronto to record this piece. The album For Those Who Died Trying will be released on November 16, 2018 on ATMA Classique.
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