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Lior & Nigel Westlake | TEDxSydney 2014

Using the strengths of their individual artistry, Westlake & Lior find common ground to express the wisdom of compassion through a combination of music & ancient writings. 'Compassion' draws from the rich worlds of Judaism and Islam to present a collection of profound and poetic messages surrounding the idea of compassion between human beings. The texts are largely a collection of poems, proverbs and songs that give us an insight into such wisdom. Their similarities are immense and their universality is undeniable. 'Compassion' is a 45 minute song cycle for solo voice and symphony orchestra. The piece inhabits a vast array of emotions & colours, at times pulsating and visceral, at others reflective and textural, and draws upon the myriad of influences that Westlake & Lior have been able to bring to the table from their incredibly diverse backgrounds.