The project was conceived by conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, who realized in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis that many of her own closest colleague and friends were not aware that she and many others like her had come to the U.S. as refugees to seek asylum from violence and persecution abroad. Due to the traumatic nature of their experience, refugees are often hesitant to speak openly about their history, and it is common for people to be unaware that their neighbors, coworkers, and friends have been taken in by the United States as refugees at a time of crisis.
The concert brings together instrumentalists and singers whose friends and families have fled to this country to escape violence and persecution in performances that loudly proclaims these individuals’ importance to our cultural wealth.
São Paulo-based designers Fernando Marar and Marcelo Almeida recently released a sweet identity for The Refugee Orchestra Project, a non-profit that attempts, through music, to demonstrate the vitally important role that refugees from across the globe have played in the American culture and society.
To create the identity, Marar and Almeida made an algorithm that would generate the final graphic elements of the project: entitled NoBorders, the tool they made cataloged the flags of all the countries around the world according to their geometric forms. It found that the flags had 16 different patterns in common, and the designers took those patterns and applied them to posters, programs, folders, and other projects.