“Tragedy is not deep and sharp if it can be shared with friends.” Varlam Shalamov, The Kolyma Tales
On October 21, 1966, in the small mining village of Aberfan, Wales, a man-made mountain of coal waste catastrophically collapsed on a primary school, killing 116 children and 28 adults.
How do you personally account for a violation of this kind except through one’s own soul? What I believe, what I know to be true, is expressed in my music.
Laura Siersema is composer of Aberfan (7 pianos, voice and tools of rescue), a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. Your contribution ensures we can return to the studio to complete its recording.
Photograph IC Rapoport, Aberfan, 1966