A LONG WALK is a set of new pieces that provide a musical perspective on an age-old crisis that remains ever present today: immigration.
Never in history have we seen this many simultaneous human migrations across the globe at once. Through a musical perspective, this project seeks to explore the experiences of people from different cultures and countries leaving the place of their birth to begin a new journey to a foreign land. By channeling these stories through music, this work will depict a reality that millions of people have lived since the beginning of time.
The inspiration for this project came to me after reading books by authors Kate Evans, Tracy K. Smith, Mai Der Vang and Luis Alberto Urrea. I hope to shed light on the often-politicized subjects of refugees, immigration and basic human rights and to look past headlines and delve into the reasons why someone would leave their homeland and family to start anew in a foreign country.
Although these new pieces will be written for a variety of mediums, they will always include the guitar as the leading instrument.
10 institutions have been sponsored this project since 2014, which consists in a serie of 16 new commissioned works written by Javier Farías to tribute the six Latin American poets and writers who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Literature Nobel Prize winners are: Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda (Chile), Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Octavio Paz (Mexico), and Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru). Their narratives blend cultural perspectives, thoughts and visions about the identity, origin and future of Latin America.
Calendar of activities and participants at www.seismiradasporlatinoamerica.com