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On June 19th 2000, an unlikely yet destined musical bond was formed when a young Russian/Georgian singer met an older African American NY musician. This is the story of their humorous life-altering meetings.
“W-E” is a true story that was inspired by Tinatin Japaridze’s much-anticipated memoir, Beyond Borders, currently in the works alongside Chuck Taylor, a renowned author and journalist, former Sr. Correspondent for Billboard Magazine. The upcoming memoir is a fascinating story of a girl’s journey through the Iron Curtain when the Great American Songbook was a forbidden fruit…to all but one Soviet child with an all-American dream.
W-E is a tale of how different ages and cultures can come together to make beautiful music. As told through the comic, informative and life-changing encounters of Tinatin Japaridze and Mr. Graphenreed and Tinatin’s ongoing pen pal relationship with Academy Award-winning musician Dave Grusin. Truly a story of West meets East.
“There are many stories about following ones dreams. What makes W-E different is the life that it explores and openly shares with the audience. W-E is fresh and inspiring, full of intriguing adventures and difficult choices made by a teenager. The story reveals a few left turns in life. What emerges is a young woman determined to capture the life once dreamed of by a young girl.
The lyrics and music are heartfelt, sung with emotions that are true to the core. The banter between the lead characters, a Broadway veteran and his young protegee from Georgia by way Russia, then England and finally America, is fun and thought provoking. I believe that audiences will relate to W-E and take a moment to examine the story of their own lives. I think people will be inspired to take charge of their destiny and make a change if necessary to re-capture their dream. It is never too late.” — Donna Lynn Burns, Co-Producer