Mauricio

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"Once the two orchestras started playing together, the language barriers were not important anymore. We connected through music."

“I left Colombia when I was 26 years old to work at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. When I arrived, I had a shock. The city was so much more organized and less crowded than my hometown. I then left for Geneva. An it was another cultural shock.

After many years away from home I still miss my family, good fruits, my music and the spontaneity of the people. But I am glad I have music in my life.

Music is one pillar of my life and has guided me throughout my life, from Colombia to Switzerland. Music made me discover so many new interesting people, from all around the world. I also had the chance to travel and be able to communicate through music.

Last year, the UN orchestra went to South Korea to play with a local orchestra from Seoul at the DMZ. Given the languages constraints, my communication was not fluent with the Korean musicians at the beginning, it was only limited to smiles from both sides.

However, once the two orchestras started playing together, the language barriers were not important anymore. At the end, we ended up enjoying the time without the need of expressing words, we connected with the others through music.”

photo credit: iom/Takuya ono

8,887 kmfrom home
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Mauricio
Current Country: 
Switzerland
Country of Origin: 
Colombia

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