The Latin Vox Machine is an orchestra made up of more than 100 Latin American musicians, most of them Venezuelans who emigrated to Buenos Aires to escape the economic crisis gripping their home country. Many of the Latin Vox Machine orchestra were trained in Venezuela’s prestigious El Sistema programme and only arrived in Buenos Aires within the last year, taking to busking in the subway to earn a living.
Latin Vox Machine’s founder Omar Zambrano got the idea to create the orchestra after hearing the Venezuelan musicians playing in the Subte.
“There was a moment in which I started hearing high-quality music in the underground,” he said.
The 36-year-old, who studied the piano but now works in audiovisual production, then discovered the artists were, like him, Venezuelans.
“We started meeting up to see what would happen and how many there were: and there were a lot. It occurred to us that we should start an orchestra.”
The orchestra then got in touch with legendary South Korean music director Ahn Jooyong who agreed to join them. The Latin Vox Machine’s first concert was on October 9 last year at the Globe Theatre in Buenos Aires.
“Every June 20 the UNHCR commemorates the bravery of millions of people around the world who have been forced out of their homes,” a press release from the UNHCR said. “That is why, on this date that summons us to the reflection, UNHCR joins a call for the empathy and reception of the people who are refugees through music.”
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