TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! musicians is denied permission to perform on the American side of the border in San Diego. The festival will go ahead regardless.
Dear Friends and Supporters!
Our TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! musicians is denied permission to perform on the American side of the border in San Diego. But the festival will go ahead regardless. Our effort to take a collective and artistic stand against the global rise of isolationism, fanaticism and nationalism, has been refused permission by US authorities. The planned cross-border interaction, featuring the Dresdner Sinfoniker alongside American and Mexican musicians on either side, is therefore suspended. The free festival will now take place exclusively on the Mexican side of the border, between 11 am and 4 pm on 3 June 2017.
Our show in Tijuana/San Diego, with the support of Amnesty International Mexico, was meant to create a musical bridge for freedom and the understanding between peoples. Although the cross-border interplay has been suspended by the US authorities, the many concerts in Tijuana’s Parque del Mar, on the US border, will still send a powerful signal against the walls in people’s minds.
Now more than ever! We are calling on American artists, musicians and like-minded people to get involved that day with their own performances or flash mobs along the 2000 mile-long border. The authorities’ denial only concerns the Dresdner Sinfoniker’s concert in Friendship Park/San Diego. Everyone is invited to participate and to share videos of their own initiatives or projects using the hashtag #teardownthiswall.
Invitation to all musicians and artists here: www.dresdner-sinfoniker.de/teardownthiswall-letter/?lang=en
The concert on 3 June will feature world premieres of Wieland Reissmann’s ballad «Beyond» and the guided improvisation «The Big, The Bug, The Cricket & The Quack» by Harald Thiemann, for which the Dresdner Sinfoniker, with the help from Mexican and American percussionists, will transform the wall into an instrument. Other guests include the youth orchestra Sinfonia Juvenil from Tijuana, the band Tijuana No!, the pop singer Ceci Bastida, the Guatemalan Maya singer Sara Curruchich and the Jazz singer Coral MacFarland.