Never have so many simultaneous human migrations moved across the globe. A LONG WALK seeks to share the stories and experiences of people who have moved on, sometimes desperately, in search of a better life. This group of new pieces shed light on the often-politicized subjects of refugees, immigration, and human rights by looking past headlines and delving into why individuals risk leaving their homeland to start anew in a foreign country.

A LONG WALK will be broken down into many different parts as the project unfolds over the coming years. One of those parts is titled «Voices», a series of three works written for electric guitar, classical guitar and mixed chorus. Each piece will feature the true story of a person who overcame exceptional circumstances to immigrate to the United States. In fact, the text used for each work will come from interviews conducted with these immigrants specifically for the series.

The first piece is tilted «Voices From Maya» and it chronicles the journey of a young woman escaping war-torn Croatia and starting a new life in the United States. The piece was commissioned by conductor Gail Archer and the Barnard Columbia Chorus and will feature composer Javier Farias on electric guitar and Scott Hill on classical.

The world premiere will take place on April 22nd, 2022 at the Church of the Ascension in NYC (221 West and 107th St.) at 8pm.

Learn about VOICES, my new work written for mixed choir, electric and classical guitar here.



10 institutions have been sponsored this project since 2014, which consists in a series 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

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