UNITED WE SAVE

for oboe, two clarinets, live electronics, and video

2014

Performed by ELISION Ensemble

 

Peter Veale, oboe

Richard Haynes, clarinet

Carl Rosman, clarinet

Benjamin Marks, bodyguard

 

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)

Stanford University, CA

May 24, 2014

In late August 2013, the Romanian government approved a draft law that was supposed to bypass environmental and heritage regulations in favour of a foreign mining company’s plan to extract gold from Roșia Montană—a commune located in the West Carpathian Mountains. This event immediately triggered a series of protests across the country and in the Romanian diaspora. Their main purpose was to prevent a possible ecological disaster due to the mining company’s proposed exploitation with cyanide. The most significant demonstrations and marches were carried out in Bucharest every Sunday for a period of four months. Thousands of protesters—predominantly young people—organized themselves via the Internet and took to the streets under the motto UNIȚI SALVĂM (trans. UNITED WE SAVE).