Music has a profound effect on human consciousness. It can inspire dreams, trigger emotions, and draw people together.
Melodies are as much a social experience as they are a personal encounter with the overall universe.
Romain Malan embraces these concepts with the launch of his World Harmony Orchestra and an accompanying choir. It is an effort that is three years in the making, bringing together professional musicians and classically trained performers that support refugee programs.
Free Music Lessons Are Part of the Experience
The primary orchestra performed 25 concerts in 18 different countries. There are over 100 people in the group from 35 nations, making it one of the most diverse groups of its type in the world today.
Playing music for others is only one part of the process. Malan works as a choir leader at a local center for migrants and refugees as a way to give back to the community. Free music lessons are also part of the structure, while some pay only what they can afford.
Classical music sometimes comes across as being elitist, so the orchestra plays folk melodies and local compositions in each country where they perform. Musicians from the organization even go to individual homes to play for people who cannot leave for some reason.
The World Harmony Orchestra seeks to bring people together when they usually wouldn’t have opportunities to meet. This approach to diversity is even being applied to the instruments played, as Malan hopes to go beyond the scope of the traditional to create something wholly unique.
You can discover more about their upcoming projects on their website.