From Žak Ozmo, Director, L’Avventura London:
What do Frédéric Chopin, Bob Marley, and Gloria Estefan all have in common? They were all refugees who thrived artistically in their adopted countries after fleeing violence in their homelands – and they all have changed the history of Western art and music. In this personal talk, music director Žak Ozmo reflects on his own path as a refugee and shines the light on trials that put life into perspective and inspire performances full of beauty, poetry, and peace. The key is in art’s universal expression of the human condition, which resonates with us all.’
NL: I grew up among refugees. There’s nothing noble or uplifting about being a refugee. It’s different levels of hell and Chopin doesn’t make it better.