Aaron Hughes presents Poetry Despite/Music Despite (Eternal War Requiem) a limited edition double vinyl record that connects artists across time and place, from World War I to the “Global War on Terror,” from the UK to Iraq. These connections acknowledge the recurring traumas of war and, conversely, the human connections that happen despite the pain.
Conceived & Organized by AARON HUGHES
Improvised Cello Performances by KARIM WASFI
Hip-Hop by THE SYRIAN KINGS (Ahmed & Hussein with contributions from Jowan, Ali and Mohammad; supported by GemArts music leaders Izzy Finch and Pawel Jedrzejewski)
Poetry by AARON HUGHES, CARLOS SIRAH, DUNYA MIKHAIL, & KEVIN BASL
Samples from Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, performed at Coventry Cathedral on May 30, 1962 by the London Symphony Orchestra, Melos Ensemble, The Bach Choir and London Symphony Chorus, Highgate School Choir, Simon Preston on organ, and soloists Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Sound Design by NATE SANDBURG
Half of each purchase will be donated to Karim Wasfi’s work in Iraq. More information about the project can be found here: https://poetrydespite.online/
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