On Saturday evening, February 12 at the Polish Embassy in Washington, a famous American pianist Lara Davnz a concert of music by Chopin and Barbary, in which she devotes one product to all the victims of repression in Belarus.
On the eve of the concert, we asked Larry, how did such a fundamental American interest in Belarus, and such knowledge about Belarusian political events. Was she ever in Belarus on a visit or on tour?
Lara Davnz: I've never been to any visit or on tour. It is possible that some of my ancestors come from neighboring Belarus lands. However, the situation in Belarus, told me one Carl Gershman (ed: a member of the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy), with whom I met last year in Mexico. We have found a common interest in cultural exchange opportunities and social justice through art. He heard my concerts of Chopin's works, has stories about the composer — and we have a discussion about the possibilities of art and music in a global sense. He sent me his article, shared his thoughts — as between us and began a dialogue on Belarus. I began to search for the information itself ..
Incidentally, at the same time I'm working on a project on music of Duke Ellington. And I felt, how much influence in the past century have dealt promotion of human rights of musicians — not only in the U.S. but also in Worldwide. Thus, all somehow come together, I became very interested and concerned, and wanted to somehow make a contribution in order to draw attention to the situation in Belarus.
Radio Liberty: Please tell us more about the work that you in Saturday's speech at the Polish Embassy in Washington to devote to the Belarusian people — and why this was your choice …
Lara Davnz: My pleasure. The final product in my program — it's Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante Chopin, which he wrote during the years 1830-34, which for him were tragic — the early years of his exile from Poland.
Playing a lot of Shapenavyh products in its 200-year anniversary, I felt very strongly ematsyynastsi depth, which is filled with his music, I realized why he was often inspired by the Polish polonaise, mazurka, and ballads. Written by him in this period the music was the most profound expression of his feelings for Poland and the loss of homeland.
As I watched the events in Belarus, it seemed to me that it is this work would be appropriate to dedicate to the Belarusian people, which is now going through such a difficult period. In my opinion, this piece was Chopin's statement of solidarity with the people and at the same time an expression of resistance against oppression. Thus, the performance of this composition, I expressed my own solidarity with all those who are now living under the yoke — and especially the people of Belarus, which is struggling. I want to evoke the spirit of Chopin to become a guiding light for all of us.
Radio Liberty: Thank you Larry Davnz for its support of the Belarusian events for its gesture of support. If you want to know more about Lara Davnz, visit her website: laradownes.com.
Excerpt recording of the concert in Washington listen to our waves on Monday, the shooting will be on our website.
And that's what Lara is going to say before she will play Chopin's work dedicated to Belarus:
"Everybody understands the language of music can be seen as a unique way of solidarity. The web of musical history pratkanae samples of integration and cultural exchange, be it musical expression of Chopin, who expressed his relationship with his homeland, be it the appearance of masters such as Duke Ellington and Dave Brubek that priotkroyut Curtain between East and West during the Cold War, whether cooperation between Arab and Israeli musicians in the orchestra, "West-Eastern Carpet", which toured the world today.
Expression of solidarity through music — great privilege and responsibility of those who speak the language of music and can give the voice of the world. Today is my privilege — to share with you the product Shapenavym «Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante», he wrote in a dark period between 1830 and 1834 years as a sign of solidarity with the suffering of his own people.
I dedicate this performance to those who suffer today from the repression in Belarus, with the hope that, as always, the freedom to come quickly to all the oppressed. "