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Voices_for_peaceAn experimental musical meeting between musicians from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Åland Islands, presented in the form of a concert at the square stage in Mariehamn on the 10th of August, at 18.30.
The concert is free and open to everyone.
Thirteen young musicians from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Åland Islands will meet on Åland for a week to play together and share musical experiences. The meeting begins at the International Hiroshima Day on 6th August. Towards the end of the week they put together a concert program, that will be put up on the square stage in Mariehamn in the evening of August 10th.

The participants have their musical roots in jazz, folk and world music. Most are known and professional performing musicians in their respective countries. Among the musicians are both classically trained guitarists, pianists and vocalists, but also musicians specialized in traditional instruments from the region of Southern Caucasus such as string instruments Tar, Oud and Saz. The Åland Islands participants consists of the musicians in the band WhatClub.
During the week before the concert, the musicians work together in workshops, discussions, musical exercises and experiments. The idea is that the concert will emerge through a process that focuses on meeting and free collaboration between the musicians.

Emil Afrasiyab Mammadov - Piano
Tigran Ayvazyan - Guitar
Karen Mkrtchyan - Vocals
Miqayel Voskanyan - Tar, Saz, Bouzouki, Oud
Anush Haruthunyan - Violin
Ashot Voskanyan - Guitar, Cajon
Richard Palmer - Guitar
Jochum Juslin - Guitar
Kjell Dahl - Bass
Andreas Nyberg - Violin
Isgandar Alasgarov, trummor
Parviz Mammadov Bass gitar
Malik Mansurov, Tar, saz
Shirzad Fataliyev , Balaban
Nazim Karimov, Sound Manager

The concert marks the start of the Islands of Peace Festival.

Peace and conflict issues in the South Caucasus has been one of the long lasting engagements of the ÅIPI. The project ”Voices for Peace” is arranged in cooperation with Public Journalism Club in Armenia, Internews in Azerbaijan and the Foreign policy association in Uppsala. Financial support has been granted from the EU Youth in Action Programme through the organisation for international mobility CIMO in Finland as well as from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

The open concert is part of the jubilée programme of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, that has in 2012 been thinking and actinng for peace for 20 years.