The community of Pan American Orchestras

The orchestras – what they could be, how we could create them
Imagining our possibilities for a Community of Pan American Orchestras

Creating the orchestras of the 21st century, the American orchestras of the future

Each Pan American Orchestra will have their unique contribution to the culture of the Americas and have the opportunity to tell, in their sound, the stories of their cultural evolution. These orchestras will tell their stories told from their historical experience and their point of view

The Canadian Pan American Orchestra will inspire the development of Pan American orchestras in Canada and through out the Americas. This orchestra will excite the creation of Pan American Orchestras in the cultural heart of each of the 41 contributing countries

These orchestras will interconnect the cultures of the Americas using our universal language – music

These orchestras will create connections and excite interest in our cultures and our creative contributions

The Pan American Orchestras will create multigenerational connections through music – the contributions of the orchestras, through the sharing of innovative music education opportunities such as El Sistema in Venezuela and those of others in Canada, Cuba, and the Americas, will create a space for the creative contributions of young people and our Pan American youth communities in Pan American Orchestras.

The Pan American Orchestras will have exciting opportunities to reinvent our idea of the orchestra as a collaborative creative community.

We have an opportunity to create communities of orchestras that present and curate the creative collaborations of composers, songwriters, and similar artists; our artists working with creative musician performers, soloists, and singers of the Americas while integrating their contributions with those of the dancers, story tellers, and visual artists of their communities.

Communications structures will be created to interlink these orchestras to form a Pan American Orchestral Community. All 41 orchestras will broadcast over the internet to the 2015 Games using this communications infrastructure. The infrastructure will also allow the orchestras to share their creative contributions with each other, sharing and performing each other’s music within the community of Pan American Orchestras.

This communications infrastructure will be extended beyond the time of the 2015 Games.

The Canadian Pan American Orchestra will take up residency at the Telus Centre with Telus as a creative communications partner. They will together form a communications media centre for the Pan American Creative Orchestra Community

A representative Pan American Orchestra will be brought together with the Toronto orchestra for in 3 month residency at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Our Pan American orchestras will be an expression of our communities, created by our communities, creating our Pan American music, our stories, our identities, and our creative expression

The Pan American orchestras have an opportunity to reinvent the orchestra as a place for new intercultural and multicultural development.

Our idea of “Pan American”, both in Canada and the Americas, need not be fixed to Latin-American music and culture. The identity of “Pan American” includes all of our cultures from the Inuit, First Nations, Maya, Inca (Quechua and Aymara), Métis, Mestizo, English, French (including Quebec, Haitan, etc.), Spanish, Portuguese, and other Europeans as well as immigrant African (Yoruba, Ewe, Ashanti etc.) contributions to the cultures of the Americas.

The Pan American Orchestras will have opportunities to transcend “genre-apartheid” – the artificial separation of Classical, Jazz, Native American, Electronic, and popular forms of music and the artificial separation of music from dance and other forms of expression; expressive forms which have been traditionally been unified in their expression in many cultures and societies of the Americas.

The Pan American Orchestras will have opportunities to integrate in many ways all the existing achievements of intercultural contribution made by Pan American music – Jazz, Cuban Son music, Brazilian Samba, Tango, Andean music, Quebecois music, Caribbean, and other forms of musical expression.

The Pan American Orchestras will have opportunities to create new intercultural fusions that contribute to our future and to our cultural expressions in our New World.

The Pan American orchestras will have opportunities to extend our ideas of the instruments that can be use in an orchestra, going beyond the European standard orchestral and solo instruments to create new sounds and new ways of making music together through the use of many of the instruments invented by the cultures of the Americas.

The Pan American Orchestras will have opportunities to allow for the inclusion of many European, Indigenous American, and Afro-Latin instruments in their ensembles creating unique orchestras of various sizes and sounds in each of the 41 countries of the Americas.

The Pan American orchestras will have many diverse opportunities to reunite our musical and dance expressions and to express the sense that in many cultures there is no real distinction between these two forms of communication. Indeed, it is now observed that in the human brain, these expressions seem to be tightly interconnected.

The Pan American Orchestras can tell our stories with music while aided by the integrated contribution of costume, traditional costumes and costumes designed with innovative 21st century light emitting fabrics, visual art, storytelling, creative lighting, and video.

The orchestra will be reinvented as a place where we tell the stories and possibilities of our cultures performing our stories with all our languages.

Creating a new communications infrastructure for the Pan American orchestral Communities

Developing an infrastructure of internet video broadcast that allows the Pan American orchestras to continuously interconnect their music, creative ideas, and develop their cultural contributions to the Americas

Evolving a continuum for the audience experience – moving along a audience-participant-contributor pathway to find new ways of integrating our communities into their cultural expression, our concerts, and our stories.

Developing smart phone social networking Apps that enable audiences to move along a audience-participant-contributor pathway that will include collaborative contributions of ideas, virtual instruments, frameworks for contributions and live interaction during performances

The smart-phone applications will also be a communications media for innovative music education and youth community involvement in the telling of our stories.