Click Here to read how unlikely Allies, Alex Ayzin & Michael Butler, came together in a combined effort for peace and harmony amongst nations in the engaging short story, The Parallel & Intertwining Journeys of Alex Ayzin’s Winds of Freedom Symphony & Michael Joseph Butler’s A World Flight Over Russia Bookby Michael Joseph Butler of E.B. GO Vision Media.

 

This is a journey of one-man raised in Ukraine, then part of Soviet Union of Russian Republics, and trained to serve in the Soviet Navy during the Cold War; and an American raised on the opposite side of that Cold War divide, with veterans in his family both World Wars and the U.S. Civil who found himself, through work and circumstance, thrust into Russia history and culture to point that he possessed a unique ability to understand Ayzin and his motives, hopes and aspirations for the Winds of Freedom. Two people who came together by sheer chance because of a cup of hot chocolate and a patch teamed up working for Peace. 


How many private citizens do you know who commissioned two full-length symphonies in an effort to change the world?

Well, now you know at least one and his name is Alex Ayzin

Cover image of Winds of Freedom debut concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on May 11, 1991.

Winds of Freedom Carnegie Hall Program

Following the early 1986 Challenger and Chernobyl disasters, Alex Ayzin did something amazingly unusual and totally unique. At his own expense, and with little idea of the task he had set up for himself, he commissioned two-full length symphonies from classically trained Russian composer, Emilian Sichkin. While having no formal musical training, Ayzin grew up with his father always playing the masters of classical music and so instinct and taste guided him on the path of creation with Sichkin. 

First, 18-months after the January 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle explosion, came the moving tribute to those brave explorers of space and then, in 1991, with the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown disaster and a hot Cold War providing fresh motivation, the Winds of Freedom Symphony was released celebrating Man’s Timeless Quest for Peace & Freedom.

Working closely with a classically trained, highly-temperamental and extremely talented composer producing two full-length symphonies, over a five-year period of time, was a mind-bending struggle that required the patience of a saint, the wisdom of a sage and the focus of a scholar. Ayzin forced Sichkin to employ the latest electronic synthesizers, in tribute to Greek composers Yani and Vangelis, while story boarding his vision for both symphonies in a constant process of creation, destruction and more creation. Sichkin comes from a talented and respected musical family and was trained as a classical pianist at the finest Russian conservatories.

On May 11, 1991, the Winds of Freedom Symphony debuted live at Carnegie Hall in New York City, with a full orchestra and beautiful chorus, to rave reviews and standing ovations which proved to both of them how truly powerful the music they created had become. 

Photo of Alex Ayzin, creator of Winds of Freedom Multimedia Program and Founder of the Winds of Freedom Foundation, a non-profit 501 c 3 dedicated to creating peace movements.

Alex Ayzin

In 2016, Alex Ayzin married to the symphony to images and created the Winds of Freedom Documentary Video Presentation, see below, which combines stirring video and still images with the innovative and moving classical score to create an inspirational experience that brings a powerful message of hope in a chaotic world needing more peace and harmony among nations and people. While Concerto for Astronauts is a tribute to the brave astronauts lost on the Challenger, and in all risky exploration endeavors, the Winds of Freedom celebrates life, teaches history while inspiring peace and hopes for a brighter future. 

Only one person in the world had the vision, drive, guts and devotion to commission his own symphonies in the face of heartbreak and tragedy amid prayers for a better world. To fully comprehend the motivation of this unique man, it is necessary to read Alex Ayzin: 1 Man, 2 Symphonies & A Mission of Peace & Freedom.


Winds of Freedom is a world peace initiative launched with symphonic multimedia presentations inspired and produced by Alex Ayzin in a quest to promote peace and harmony among nations. Originally conceived as a full-length symphony, it was later combined with video to create a media event that celebrates life, teaches history, inspires peace and hopes for a brighter future.

Global Peace and Universal Love Among All Humanity is Our Highest Goal

Winds of Freedom Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation dedicated to achieving world peace, including the presentation of a spectacular multi-media concert event celebrating man’s struggle for peace and freedom over the last hundred years, with riveting images of the human quest against oppression set against a backdrop of music from one of Russia’s finest composers, Emilian Sichkin.

The WOF program is a dazzling symphony of music set against breathtaking historical footage of the defining moments of our century, and words from world leaders and celebrities of our times, together in a magnificent multi-media presentation dedicated to peace among all nations and peoples. It is a synthesis of music, vision, performance and humanity celebrating the spirit of hope, courage and cultural harmony.

Alex Ayzin’s has brought together a combination of efforts from a diverse group of international talents to communicate the shared goals of peace and freedom. Emilian Sichkin’s brilliant eight-part symphony allows for numerous multi-media versions to be created depending on the news of the day.