Road to Jericho (R2J) is an international cross-cultural music project that promotes co-operation and collaboration between musicians and artists from different cultures.
Through a shared creative process, participating musicians become acquainted and influenced with artists from other countries, learning from each other, discovering similarities, and celebrating differences. The output of the project takes the form of public performances and multimedia productions
Phase 1 of Road to Jericho took place in 2010-2011, and featured performances at the Spitalfields Festival preceded by a development period at Aldeburgh Music. With the support of Deutsche Bank, a group of Palestinian musicians led by Ramzi Aburedwan were brought to London, to collaborate with the musicians of Fifth Quadrant, a British-based music collective led by violinist Simon Hewitt Jones, who is now producer and artistic director of the project.
Phase 2 of Road to Jericho will see an expansion of the project to incorporate a wider range of collaborative artists from around the world, and the project will seek more broadly to promote the importance of cross-cultural understanding and the positive impact that the arts, especially music, can have in society at large.
Further project updates are available on Simon Hewitt Jones
Original project video (2011)
The project's first recording is now available from iTunes - download it today!
Neighbours? is a haunting duo for violin (Simon Hewitt Jones) and viola (Drew Balch) with narration (Raphael Pitts) from Antony Pitts's new work for Fifth Quadrant and Dal'Ouna: Who is my neighbour?
"My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every man, woman, and child on the planet..." Fanfare, USA"
Antony Pitts, together with John Rutter and Taverner is perhaps one of the most sought-after British composers of contemporary choral works..." Classical.net