Carlos Izcaray studied in El Sistema from the age of three, completing his music education in the US. For three years, he was conductor of the Mozarteum-Caracas Chamber Orchestra. Today, he is based in Berlin. Carlos has asked us to circulate his appeal below for an end to government-sponsored violence in his home country.
To my friends and colleagues from the music world, both from Venezuela
and all around the globe.
Through this medium I’d like to call on all of you to unite, with
instruments in hand, to repudiate and strongly manifest against the
rampant violence and human rights violations that are currently being
perpetrated by the Venezuelan government on its own citizenry. Lets
render our tribute of support to those who have exposed and given
their lives whilst defending our Liberty. This basic right of all free
people has now been unequivocally sequestered by a despotic and
tyrannical Government, one that wishes to lead through fear,
intimidation, and violence.
This special event, which we have titled CONCERT FOR THE LIBERTY OF
VENEZUELA, and that will take place in Berlin, Germany, will serve as
our protest and condemnation of the barbarities that our people are
being subjected to, specially those calling for the restoration of
Democracy and its basic rights. We will also articulate a strong
message to the whole world, not just with our art, but also with our
ideas and reigning civic spirit.
We find ourselves in a profound cycle of sadness and frustration,
terrorized by the images and stories that reach us from our homeland.
Therefore, as a Venezuelan, I feel it is my civil obligation to share
the numerous stories of atrocities and abuses that a nation claiming
for its freedom is being subjected to. Venezuela has been erased from
the democratic landscape by a wave of shortages, censure of the press,
violence, and a polarizing message by a dictatorship that must now be
I have personally survived and witnessed the injustices, systematical
tortures, humiliations, and other attempts against humanity that this
regime continues to inflict on our youth. For this reason, and without
the ability to stomach any more of this cruel violence, I commit
myself fully to this event, while also shouting “Enough is
It is important to clarify that our intention is to remain
pluralistic, peaceful, and open to all. No one is obligated to attend,
but I will certainly be there. For this cause, I’m even willing to
go it alone in the company of my cello and a full set of empty stands
and chairs. Naturally, though, the stage remains open to all who
believe in these ideals and wish to participate.
The Facebook group CONCIERTO PARA LA LIBERTAD FE VENEZUELA has been
created exclusively to consolidate all the different criteria, and
specially to provide a medium through which we can face the logistical
challenges ahead. As professionals, it is important to point out that
we must totally abstain from publishing destructive criticisms and/or
out of place comments in the site. It is also imperative that we
transmit a message of unity and civil courage, which our country
We all do what we do for a reason, and what a blessing to know that in
epic moments of history such as these we can bravely contribute and
fight for that sacrosanct right which is OUR Liberty. I’d also like
to invite the whole Venezuelan and world community to help us with
this endeavor. Every grain is worth gold.
Just as Venezuela itself, the program is still to be determined,
depending on our own collective effort and summoning power. Together,
we can help our own and make history!
Anybody willing to help? Please sign up!