Artists For Peace - Farpoint Recordings
Unlimited Edition, includes 32 page pdf booklet
Farpoint Recordings has created a new twenty four track digital album to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine, bringing together artists associated with the Farpoint Recordings label. All proceeds from this unique digital album will go directly to UNICEF and the Irish Red Cross.
"Peace is not a negotiated gap between two wars. Composed sound is not a gap between two other compositions. Each is a positive and dynamic action, involving commitment expressed through concept and emotion." (Extract from 'Peace' by Seán McCrum, curator & photographer, June 2022)
Leading Irish artists and composers such as Jennifer Walshe, Benjamin Dwyer, The Quiet Club, Karen Power, Cora Venus Lunny and Ian Wilson feature along with many well known international artists including David Toop, Christina Kubisch, Viv Corringham, Stephen Vitiello and Rosa Arrutti aka Nad Spiro. This diverse collection has orchestral works, sound art, electronic compositions, new music, improvised sound, field recordings and spoken word. While many of the tracks respond indirectly to the theme of conflict, some are more specific in their approach. German artist Christina Kubisch has donated a recording from her 'Voices of Memory' project. The poignant track features a reading of the names of some of the Irish soldiers killed during the First World War. UK-based sound artist Joseph Young contributes 'For Ukraine', a field recording of the Greystones Orchestra playing the Ukrainian national anthem. This unique ethnographic document begins with a minute or so of chat and bustle and was captured by Young during his artist residency at Killruddery House, County Wicklow. Similarly, a track such as 'A Sorrow Keening' (from her CD album 'Metamorphosis and Praxis') by Irish sound artist and educator Linda O'Keeffe, fits seamlessly into the project theme. To frame and complement the audio, curator Seán McCrum has written a short text called Peace, finding connections between it and creative and positive action.
The audio is accompanied by a specially designed thirty-two page pdf booklet containing track-listings, artist bios, photography and a short essay about peace by Seán McCrum.
The collection has been thoughtfully sequenced into two programmes (Programme 1: tracks 1 - 12 and Programme 2: tracks 13 - 24), although project organisers Anthony Kelly & David Stalling encourage listeners to experience the tracks in any order they may wish.
What the Red Cross are doing:
Since the conflict in Ukraine began, the Red Cross have helped more than 750,000 people including the distribution of 400 tonnes of vital aid - food, blankets, hygiene parcels and warm clothes. They are providing first aid training, medical and psychosocial support.
What UNICEF are doing:
The war in Ukraine has left 5.2 million children in need of humanitarian assistance. Thanks to their dedicated and generous supporters, UNICEF has been able to reach over four million children and families who are facing the immediate and long-term impacts of this devastating war, with primary health care, water supplies, education and protection services.
Help support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine by purchasing this unique collection of contemporary sound works.