October 02, 2015

Music for a Sustainable Planet

(Photo l-r) Vladislav Boguinia (ASCAP), Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director, Sustainable Solutions Network; Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals), Yuri Boguinia (ASCAP) and ASCAP’s Michael Spudic.

(Photo l-r) Vladislav Boguinia (ASCAP), Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director, Sustainable Solutions Network; Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals), Yuri Boguinia (ASCAP) and ASCAP’s Michael Spudic.

With an ever increasing focus upon economic, social and environmental challenges facing our planet, music too has an important role in amplifying that narrative, witness a most recent concert at Symphony Space in New York City. Featured were Kronos Quartet and ÆON Music Ensemble with works directly inspired by the challenges of climate change. The concert was introduced by noted economist and leader in sustainable development, Jeffrey D. Sachs. The music of Syrian and Sudanese composers Omar Souleyman (SACEM) and Hamza El Din (ASCAP) was then performed by Kronos, followed by a world premiere of "Rise" by Vladislav Boguinia with the combined forces of Kronos Quartet, ÆON Music Ensemble and ÆON Singers, all conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. The evening concluded with an imaginative arrangement by Yuri Boguinia of Terry Riley's "In C."