Phonema Choir
a socially oriented music project that brings vocal music amateurs and professionals together
The Phonema Choir practice implies workshops and public performances. The practice is shaped by principles of democratization, cultural diversity and inclusiveness. We aspire to develop such universal creative network that is capable of expanding international dialogue and fostering the sense of global citizenship. The Phonema Choir grapples with modern issues of political polarization and restrictions on freedoms. We strive to transcend national boundaries through setting up a collaborative process based on social engagement, improvisation and attentive listening.


As a crowdsourcing establishment the Phonema Choir is pioneering the genre of opera alibretto.

Historically, any opera should have a plot, a literary text - libretto - as its basis.

Conversely, the opera alibretto is a unique genre that applies the interaction within speech and language as pure sound phenomena without relying on any text.

This way we get the opportunity to liberalize the creative process and make collaborative art a common social habit.

Sonic Linguistics

Drawing upon the International Phonetic Association charts, our practice examines quaint dialects and minorities

to support local communities by bridging language gaps and promoting horizontal approach to creative communication.

One of the key aspects of our endeavor is focused around public places as venues for a sustainable inclusive dialogue. Within that we tend to explore interactions between architecture and sound as well as searching for ways of the meaningful urban development.
Boris Lesnoy
composer, sound artist, activist
The Phonema Choir practice is conducted by Boris Lesnoy, a composer and an artist who attempts social accumulation and ecological dissemination. His operas are inclusive pieces of music that employ linguistic diversity and allow anyone to participate.
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