International Choir Festival InCanto Mediterraneo

The story behind The Last March of Destiny

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    My vision of music is to unite people and erase borders. I have been doing this for years. Every day I am more convinced that our union is the true creator of wonders that transcend us. From joining consortiums to create works accessible to all. From the union and collaboration with poets and composers to the creation of global virtual choirs. High performance presents us with challenges that make us grow and the union makes us more human. When you combine those two ingredients, you get the foundation to transcend as humans.

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    The Virtual Choir of The Last March of Destiny brings together all those qualities. In other words, it was a collective work from beginning to end.

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    It was the month of November 2020 when I proposed to my friend Joseph Ohrt to create a consortium. Then I created a work without lyrics and some time later we managed to gather all the choirs to complete the consortium. We made a big family with Patreons (individual people who wanted to commission the work), choirs and even a Russian choral organization. After a few months of work, in February 2021, Anthony Silvestri finished the poem that would improve the music that I had written in December.

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    A few days later we decided to create a global virtual choir to premiere this work. We calculated the costs and began to summon singers. Everything happened very quickly and within a few days, our choral family had expanded to more than 200 members. With the help of Joy Hewitt, Marti Dawson, Elaine Farrar Kondrat, Christine Crofut Carpenter, and Julie Souin we created a group so that the information runs quickly and all the members know what the dynamics of the virtual choir was like. Then there was an administrative and more technical group that was made up of my essential people Marina Márquez, Sofía Camussi and Sebastián Ziccarello. They really brought this idea to life.

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    The story of how Micaela Carballo joined the project

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    For a long time I had a great admiration for the music of Micaela Carballo. She is a great Argentine composer who has worked on countless films. Her music is shown at various film festivals. At one point, having a coffee with her, it occurred to me to invite her to write the orchestra of this choir. I said, "I know you have a busy schedule, so do it with the music from the credits". It was a true moment of epiphany. I really thought she would say no, she is always with bigger projects. But she went further and decided that we could make this a choral symphonic work. At that moment I knew we were going to do something great. After 40 days working together side by side, we completed the orchestra. To be honest, I must have created only a few bars of that orchestra, the credit for the orchestra is entirely hers.

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    The union makes us transcend

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    As I said at the beginning, union is a transcendental force. This work demonstrates it. With the fascinating words of Anthony Silvestri, Micaela's powerful orchestra, the invaluable voices, the sound mixing and the video editing. All this adventure and the family that we have created is what makes us most human.

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