Diversity Makes Music
An initiative of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation
Wednesday 21 november 2018 20:15
studio 4 Flagey, Brussels
The Brussels Chamber Orchestra – BCO directed by Mario Villuendas (Spain)
Gilles Apap, violin (France)
Burhan Oçal Together, percussions, oud, violin, qanûn (Turkey)
Dimitri Psonis, santour, morisca (Greece)
Ahmad Joudeh, dancer (Syria)
Refugees of the Citizen’s Platform for Refugee Support (Bxl Refugees Welcome)
The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation welcomes on stage the dancer Ahmad Joudeh. From Syria to Europe, he meets musicians from different cultures at every stage. A musical route which leaves Syria, crosses Turkey with Burhan Oçal and his Istanbul ensemble whose passionate melodies are inspired by the gypsies of the East, Greece with Dimitri Psonis to finally join the Brussels Chamber Orchestra composed of musicians from multiple cultures accompanied by Gilles Apap, this travelling violinist with an incomparable sound. Together, they will gather on Mozart’s universal music and will conclude this meeting of souls with a common finale, thus illustrating how classical music, associated with world music, generates inspiring exchanges for musician and the public, and revealing with brio what unites us in the depths of our being: our welcoming and generous humanity, as Yehudi Menuhin defended it.
For this project, the Foundation works with the Citizen Support Platform for Refugees (Bxl Refugees Welcome) and with MUS-E Belgium, which encourages the use of art in schools as a tool for social inclusion.