SPIRIT OF WATER
This summer, WARC will premiere in New York an international orchestral collaboration titled “Spirit of Water”, inspired by the indigenous traditions and ecological challenges facing five major water bodies in Eurasia and North America: the Hudson, the Drina, Lake Baikal, Lake Ruskeala, and the Aral Sea. Our project uses ecological art to increase interest in the unique water bodies of Eurasia and their relationship with the Anthropocene among an American and Russian public.
5 student composers from different regions of Eurasia and from New York jointly prepare a symphony along with visual materials about selected water bodies. The selected sites represent the diverse cultures and nature of Eurasia, from the Balkans to Buryatia.
The main concert will take place in New York, while a partner concert will be held in Moscow. Both events will be performed in front of a hybrid audience of online and in-person attendees.
Dates and Locations
Meet the Composers:
Bring together young people throughout Eurasia and the US to advocate for ecology through art
Attract interest in the cultural and natural wealth of Russia and Eurasia in the United States
Draw attention to theinterconnection of the water bodies with the culture and history of local communities
August 27, 6:45 pm- Hudson River Park Pier 45, New York, NY
August 28, 5 pm- National Opera Center’s Marc A. Scorca Hall (330 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001)
Winter 2022: Dates and Locations in Russia TBA
Born in Siberia, Olga’s family lived across Russia during her childhood and eventually moved to Montenegro. In both countries she won a number of competitions for young composers and was recognized for her choral work. After having relocated to Belgrade, Serbia for university studies in music, Olga won first place in the ULJUS competition and had her work performed at festivals such as FESTUM, KoMA, 50 Kalemegdanski Sutoni, and others. She is also very engaged in mixed-media collaborations and has composed music for the TV-drama Proleće u Januaru, commissioned by RTS (Radio & Television of Serbia). Olga’s movement documents the transformation of the Drina River since the industrialization of the Balkans and its importance to the region’s fragile ecosystems.
Born to an American father and a Russian-Armenian mother, Albert is currently studying piano at the Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Irina Morozova. He additionally takes jazz classes at the New School and studies jazz piano with Dan Tepfer. As a performer and a composer, Albert was a finalist for multiple awards and won the 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, first place in the 2014 Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Competition at UWV, Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 Outstanding Performance Award, and second place in the 2019 Metropolitan International Piano Competition. He has participated in numerous summer festivals around the United States and abroad and has had the privilege of working closely with musicians as Peter Serkin, Hayk Arsenayn, Alexander Braginsky, Armen Donelian, and Ran Blake. Albert will be composing a movement on the indigenous, colonial, and modern history of the Hudson River.
Beginning his piano career at four years old under the tutelage of Galina Andreevna Bystrova, Pavel Andreev graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2007. Pavel has organized a number of collaborative projects such as the duet for piano “Sky Breath” in 2012 and “Awakening” in 2017, the later of which was performed on a floating piano on Marble Lake in Ruskeala, Karelia. The video of the performance became a viral hit and can be seen here: bit.ly/3waZm7d . Pavel will be composing a movement on the local cultures and history of Ruskeala for the “Spirit of Water” suite.
Born in Irkutsk, Russia, Elizaveta Savchenko studies at the Fryderyk Chopin College of Music, where she specializes in contemporary composition under the direction of Yan Leonidovich Krul. She has been selected as laureate for a number of competitions, including the S.S. Prokofiev International Competition and the All-Russian Competition for Young Composers. With such winning pieces as “Baikal Toccata” and “Sunny Irkutsk,” Elizaveta has a wealth of experience translating the sublime environment of her native Siberia into the language of music.
Ayapbergen Otgenov received his bachelor’s and master’s from the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in 2012 and 2015. While completing his education, Ayap won first prize in the 2013 Paulo Serrão International Piano Competition in Italy and the 2019 Fiestalonia Milenio in Spain. He has composed countless works in a variety of genres, including historical dramas for the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater and for television series such as Ayjamal and Sen Uchun. He is a member of the Union of Composers and Baskators of Uzbekistan and additionally works as a senior lecturer at the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan.
August 2021 Performance at the National Opera Center
ENGINEERING THROUGH EDUCATION 2020
WARC intends to continue two projects that have generated sustainable solutions for local communities: filtration and ecological education. Reverse osmosis filters remove salt from salinized groundwater at schools , lowering the incidence of anemia, which is prevalent among rural children. This year’s educational program utilizes task-oriented exercises to hone in on engineering in order to emphasize a concrete methodology for environmental innovation.
In the program, rural high-schoolers will brainstorm their own small-scale engineering projects, encouraging them to advocate for their country’s ecological well-being, one of which will be scaled-up in our next project. Ultimately, we hope to incentivize and equip young people to continue our work past the conclusion of this project. The method seeks to solve a concrete problem, via the process: 1. brainstorming; 2. designing and testing a prototype solution; 3. recording data and making adjustments. The program will comprise four activities: installation and maintenance of filters, planting trees to establish school gardens, and the development of small-scale, student-led projects addressing local environmental needs through an engineering methodology.
Community Partners: Eco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, Nur Va Xayot Center,
UN Joint Programme for the Aral Sea
Install RO filters at 4 schools to reduce the incidence of anemia
Lead 4 education programs, to inspire innovative collaboration amongst youth to solve ecological problems via an engineering methodology
In August 2017, to inaugurate our work in Muynak, we donated vitamin packages to the local children's clinic. Lacking the economic resources to care for their medical and nutritional well-being, the inhabitants of Muynak have faced malnutrition, respiratory diseases, and cancer. Women and children are facing the worst of these illnesses, including a widespread epidemic of anemia, a disease often caused by the lack of vitamins.
On each trip to Muynak, we bring 50 packages of children's vitamins to help relieve this urgent health crisis. The vitamins help prevent children from developing chronic nutrient deficiency diseases during early development. This project is a low-cost initiative which has a direct impact on the local community.
Community Partners: Muynak Children's Clinic
Provide 250 vitamin packages