The United Nations was founded on principles of respect for diversity and multi-culturalism. As a reflection of these core values, the UN Music Club seeks to develop music projects that relate directly to these core values.

UN World Music Project

The project brings together a wide variety of musicians – both members and friends of the Club – with a repertoire that incorporates music styles from around the world: jazz, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, East European, Arabic. The Project intends to expand its repertoire to include even more styles, and following in the footsteps of the UN Singers, to serve as unofficial goodwill ambassadors for the United Nations.

The first such initiative was started in 2010. The group consisted of 10 musicians and 2 vocalists

The Project’s first performances were held that same year. Recordings and performances are described below, including examples of sound tracks.

Singers - da SilvaWorld Music Project

A more recently established project involves a partnership between UN Geneva music ensemble and the group Aqua potable music project for the Environment. 

Aqua Potable   True to its title, this ensemble dedicates specially composed pieces to protection of the environment. It is a partnerhip between UN Staff members who are also fine musicians, and a group of Geneva based professional musicians, AQUA POTABLE MUSIC PROJECT, who dedicate their work to the same environmental cause.This musical project is also connected with the ORQUESTA JUVENIL DE CUBA PARA LA ECOLOGIA, an orchestra composed of Cuban young people who try to raise environmental awareness through music.

On the 22 November, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the UN Music Club, the combined group will perform it’s inaugural concert with Shama Milàn’s compositions Extinciòn and Jam Love Session

More about recordings and sessions:

The initial World Music Projet , a large group of 16 musicians played at the World Environment Day celebrations, held on the premises of the United Nations Office at Geneva, follwed by a number of performances in 2011.  A recording session was held on 2 July and following mix-down and production, the Project hopes to have the CD available for distribution by late autumn 2010.


Photos by Sergio da Silva and Melinda Isachsen, courtesy of the Club Photo International.

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