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New Classical Tracks Extra: Lara Downes

Posted at 12:00 PM on April 30, 2013 by ClassicalMPR
Filed under: New Classical Tracks

So, what does it really mean to be an exile? That's a question pianist Lara Downes tries to answer with her latest recording. Exiles' Café is a collection of 19th and 20th century solo piano works written by composers in exile, composers longing for home, and composers reflecting on their respective journeys. This is what Downes has to say about the recording:


There's more to the story, though, as there often is. Lara Downes wants to hear the stories of other exiles — contemporary exiles — and she wants to share those experiences with as many people as possible. The Exiles Project is an interactive micro-site designed to collect and share individual stories of exile.

Visit the site and submit your own experiences or reminiscences of exile, displacement and discovery. Be a part of The Exiles Project — a way to explore the narratives of exile on both universal and personal levels. Submit your story here.