Through unveiling an undiscovered aspect of Marc Chagall’s legacy, Chagall Project offers unique collaborative opportunities to emerging artists.
Marc Chagall is one of the quintessential artists of the 20th century whose legacy is admired, studied and exhibited globally. There is seemingly no aspect of his art that we do not have access to, however, his diary entries included around fifty original poems in Yiddish which have never been published except for limited editions of French and Russian translations.
The Chagall Project gives musicians an opportunity to directly contribute to Chagall’s legacy by setting his poems to music and performing them. The composers get to choose which poems by Marc Chagall they want to use for their compositions and what musical ensembles they want to write for. The performers get to work closely with the composers in order to achieve a common understanding of how they want to interpret Chagall’s poems through the prism of music.
The Chagall Project plans to hold concerts at a great variety of venues that span beyond concert halls. Most importantly, performances at museums where Chagall’s paintings are exhibited and at locations where his stained glass is installed will give the audience the deepest level of immersion into the world of Marc Chagall. The first Chagall Project Concert took place at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown, NY on March 25th, 2023.
The Chagall Project received the Marin Alsop Entrepreneurship Award at Mannes School of Music in 2020. Pieces composed as part of the project have been workshopped at such educational institutions as Vermont College of Fine Arts and Cleveland Institute of Music.