The United States is a nation of immigrants and refugees, yet we always seem to fear who is coming next (read more here). The image of immigration has been increasingly damaged by politicians and the media. As a musical trio that is 2/3rds immigrant, Voci Angelica wants to use its artistic platform to tell a more comprehensive story of immigration, giving faces and names to this diverse group of people.
Voci Angelica Trio’s newest project, Immigrant Voices, will be a devised music and theater production that tells the stories of US immigrants. The trio will interview 25 people from different countries and generations about how and why they came to the United States, creating a theatrical performance based on their narratives. Traditional folk music from the interviewee’s countries of origin as well as video excerpts from their interviews will be incorporated into the work.
This project will be the most complicated, largest scale undertaking Voci Angelica has ever done. In the past, music was the starting place for planning new programs, but with Immigrant Voices, the stories are the inspiration. The creation of this project has challenged the trio to grow as a group as well as to stretch as individual artists, using new mediums, like acting and multi-media to push their aesthetic boundaries. Voci Angelica wants to connect with audiences on a deeper level about social and cultural issues, and Immigrant Voices will be a powerful way to challenge aspects of internalized bias and influence how people respond to cultural differences.
This project is supported by grants from the following organizations:
As we have started creating our new project, Immigrant Voices, we have been humbled by the incredible people who have told us their experiences with vulnerability, honesty, and humor. We are honored to introduce them to you.
Born in Russia
Immigrated to the US as an adult when his mother married a US citizen
Born in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Immigrated to the US as a child refugee
Born in Denmark
Immigrated to the US as a student to study organ
Born in Mexico
Immigrated to the US as an adult for opportunities
Born in The Netherlands
Came to the US on a short term work visa and met her future husband. Immigrated to be with him.
Born in Hong Kong
Immigrated to the US with her family when she was 17
Born in India
Immigrated to the US as a college student to study engineering
Born in the Philippines
Came to the US as a child with her family
Born in Venezuela
Immigrated to the US as a college student to study cello
Born in Israel
Immigrated to the US as a college student to study piano and composition
Born in Japan
Immigrated to the US as a college student