Gabriela Montero

Pianist Gabriela Montero Urges Artists to Protest

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Pianist Gabriela Montero is urging prominent Venezuelan artists to speak out about the political turmoil in their country, especially given escalating tensions in recent weeks.

Protesters have filled the streets of major cities, expressing anger about a range of issues from food shortages to uncontrolled crime. Peaceful marches have at times exploded into violent confrontations between protesters and government forces. At least 28 people have been killed.

“I think that anyone that has a voice has a civic and moral duty to speak out against aggression and, like I said, a violation of human rights,” Montero says. “We have everything necessary for every Venezuelan to live well; to live safely. Unfortunately, this is not what’s happening.”

Against this backdrop, Montero joins Jian to speak about the mounting pressure on the country’s artists to speak up. The highly-decorated concert pianist argues that the country’s creative class should be vocal; highlights what musicians, specifically, can say with their instruments and responds to artists who defend Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro.

“What drives me is the caring, the love and the empathy I have from people from my country; people who don’t have a voice and don’t have the position to speak like I can speak publicly,” she says.

 

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