Refugee orchestra to perform at SESC

17 de novembro de 2017

São Paulo – Refugee orchestra Orquestra Mundana Refugi will play a concert at São Paulo’s SESC Pompeia venue this Thursday (7). The group released their first album in November via the SESC (Social Service of Commerce) website. #1 Orquestra Mundana Refugi – Sessões Selo Sesc was recorded live at SESC Consolação last August.

The group was created in April of this year to raise awareness about the refugee cause and to make music as an expression of inclusion and respect of diversity. It comprises 20 musicians, including eight Brazilians and 12 immigrants and refugees from countries including Syria, Palestine, Iran, Cuba, Congo and Haiti.

Carlinhos Antunes is the orchestra’s director. According to him, the ensemble’s repertoire is the result of and integration and resistance process, spanning compositions of his own that were inspired by the reality of refugees as well as folk themes from each of the countries represented. Through the related Refugi project, music workshops, new talents selection, debates at schools and concerts are carried out.

Orchestra players include the Syrian-born singer of Palestinian descent Oula Al-Saghir and Palestine’s Yousef Saif. Raouf Jemni of Tunisia played on the album, but has since returned to his native country. Brazil’s Claudio Kairouz, of Lebanese and Tunisian background, is also in the group.

Quick facts

December 7, Thursday, 9:30 pm
SESC Pompeia’s Comedoria area - Rua Clélia, 93 - Pompeia, São Paulo
Tickets go from BRL 9 to BRL 30
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*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum