The Journey: Notes of Hope

November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at 8:00PM

The Journey: Notes of Hope

We are very excited to introduce you to a project that ICOT has been working hard on in the past few months. The Journey: Notes of Hope is an operatic production that tells the story of displacement, diaspora and migration. This production shed lights on the challenges of displacement by refugees and immigrants who migrate to new places in the world. 

For this project we are lucky to be working with number of different refugees and new-comer artists in Canada. The concert will happen for two nights on November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at 8PM at Agricola Lutheran Church at (25 York Mills Rd, Toronto). We are extremely excited for the team that has been put together: 

Afarin Mansouri Tehrani (composer), Maziar Heidari (composer/conductor), Keyan Emami (composer), Pouya Hamidi (composer/sound), Saman Shahi (composer), Amanda Smith (director), Bänoo Zan (writer), Zorana Sadiq (singer), Anahita Dehbonehi (set/costume/lighting designer), Bijan Sepanji (violin), Koroush Babaei (kamancheh), Padideh Ahrarnejad (tar), Kevork Menokian (saxophone), Pedram Khavarzamini (tombak), Ali Massoudi (percussion)

Indigogo crowdfunding campaign 

We were so fortunate that the Toronto Arts Council awarded this project with a $20,000 grant, however dramatic productions are very expensive and even a 60 minute project like this, at its most economical can sky rocket to $32,000 in expenses. That is why we have started a crowdfunding campaign to cover the rest of the expenses required to produce this project.

We are looking for funding in areas such as stage design, video and audio recording, equipments, as well as artistic fees.  

We tried to make our perks personal. If you can help a little, we made sure that your name is mentioned, and if you can help more we tried to progressively increase our acknowledgement, such as our autographed T-shirts or autographed copies of our newly released record “Persian Piano Night”. At the highest level you could even meet us in person and take some music lessons with us. I know we would love to meet you for sure! 

By supporting this production on any levels, you become part of creating something that is both artistically valuable, and socially and culturally illuminating. 

At the moment all 5 composers in the organization are working as volunteers for this project. This includes the composers, the conductor as well as the sound engineer and keyboard player.  We believe in this project and we wanted to ensure that everyone gets paid first before we can financially benefit.

We have a wonderful marketing and creative team, and we also as active musicians are well-equipped to ensure that the show is produced with the best possible quality, and that the audiences who are going to attend this will have a fulfilling experience. 

We understand if money is tight and you can’t help. If that is the case you can still help us by spreading the word about this project in person or on your social media. Every little effort helps and we, here at ICOT truly appreciate it.

Thank you always for your support. 

Do get in touch if you have any questions or comments. 

Very best,
Members of ICOT
Afarin, Keyan, Maziar, Saman, and Pouya