Violinist Hannah Schneider launched Music from the Mountains—a humanitarian project to help struggling musicians in the mountainous North Caucasus, Russia—to show that music still unites us all, even across languages, cultures, and politics. Hannah has traveled to the North Caucasus, a region fraught with poverty and religious and ethnic strife, to scout and record an album of young musicians to help them develop their talent and become involved in Musical Exchange.
The North Caucasus spans 65,000 square miles across the highest mountain range in Europe. Nestled in the south of Russia between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, the North Caucasus comprises seven ethnic republics boasting myriad languages and demographics. Hannah started her travels in the Republic of Adygea, where she found talents in the capital city of Maykop and surrounding auls (villages). Local pop star Aslan Tlebzu donated studio recording time for Music from the Mountains to record a few of these musicians.
At a moment when Russian and American relations are once again at a boiling point, Hannah is seeking to highlight the tradition of classical and local music performed by the musicians of the North Caucasus that have survived through years of turmoil and political unrest. Follow Hannah's journey as she continues to travel and share the stories of these young musicians.
|Zaur, Violin||Bela, Piano||Andzaur, Accordion||Dasha, Piano|
|Aleksandr, Voice||Korine, Piano||Sasha, Voice||Satinik, Voice|
|Darina, Dzhanetta, and Bela||Arina, Cello|