TEDxBoston 2011

Women of the World

Musical Performance

Women of the World is an international vocal ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream three years ago, has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music student from Japan sought to create an eclectic ensemble of women from all over the globe in order to create music for peace. In 2008, Ayumi joined forces with other Berklee students, Ali Rapetti from the United States, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, and Annette Philip from India in order to manifest this vision. From the group’s very beginning, they delighted in sharing the beauty of different cultures and what that cross-pollination sounded like in music.

 

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Women of the World is an international vocal ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream three years ago, has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music student from Japan sought to create an eclectic ensemble of women from all over the globe in order to create music for peace. In 2008, Ayumi joined forces with other Berklee students, Ali Rapetti from the United States, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, and Annette Philip from India in order to manifest this vision. From the group’s very beginning, they delighted in sharing the beauty of different cultures and what that cross-pollination sounded like in music.

Each of the five women has a strong artistic identity shaped by the culture in which she grew up, and each finds endless excitement in learning and exploring the many cultures of the world. The unique music which stems forth from this mixture of artistry has created for a sound which is all its own- borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.

The Women of the World repertoire is thus, vast and varied. Constantly searching for new genres to explore, the group has performed in over a dozen of the world’s languages. From Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, African, Indian and Japanese music to spontaneous improvisation and a-cappella interludes, the sound created by this unique group has grown to have a power that moves not only the members, but huger and huger audiences, as it spreads awareness of different cultures, music, and philosophies.

Through their work, Women of the World created a stir in the community, receiving support from renowned artists such as Grammy-award winning maestro, Bobby McFerrin. In 2010, they shared the stage with the iconic African vocalist, Angelique Kidjo. The group has also supported various causes including fundraisers for victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and most recently, Japan.

Following their recent New York debut concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY, the lead singers and their 11-piece band are now preparing for a special “Japan Day” in Boston, bringing together various universities and organizations in the New England area to raise much-needed awareness and funding for rehabilitation programs in Japan.

Women of the World is also in the process of recording their debut album to help spread their message of cultural awareness and peace.