Gaia Duo (12 December 2019)


Thursday 12 December 2019 at 7:30 pm

We're very excited to be launching Meditations & Laments, the new album from the Gaia Duo!! The album features a Sonata for 2 violins by Z. Gvirtzman as well as music for 2 violins and/or violin and viola by Bartok, Mozart, Haydn, Telemann and Nathaniel Gow. 

Meditations & Laments is an album that brings together music from the Baroque period to the present day, music rooted in both folklore and classicism, music that is both deeply thoughtful and emotionally visceral. The album was recorded at the beautiful Heath Street Baptist Church in the summer of 2016 and produced by Gvirtzman, mixed and mastered by Alex Bonney.

To celebrate the launch of Meditations & Laments the duo (Piotr Jordan and Flora Curzon) will return to Heath Street with one of their meditation concerts, an evening of carefully chosen, reflective music for the mind and for the soul. They will be joined by lyricist Theo Lais and multi-instrumentalist Zac Gvirtzman for this special one-off concert featuring pieces from the album, traditional music and new music. Join them for an inner city musical retreat in this magical space!

Tickets £8 in advance (£13 including a CD) available here or £10 on the door (£15 including a CD).

See the Facebook event page for more information.

At Heath Street Baptist Church - see map and get directions.

Piotr Jordan: born and brought up in Lodz, Poland, is a London and Oxford based violinist. Echoing sounds from home, Piotr is best known for leading Dunajska Kapelye, a traditional Eastern European and gypsy band, and is described by the Evening Standard as "the sweetest gypsy violin in London2. Perhaps even closer to home for Piotr, however, is the world of classical music. Since graduating from the Warsaw Conservatoire in 1986 - their youngest ever graduate - where he studied with Irena Dubiska, he has worked extensively in Europe, including for the Lodz National Opera and Warsaw National Opera. In 1994 he moved to the UK has has played in numerous professional ensembles, including the Bampton Classical Opera (principal) and the London Schubert Players (principal, and principal second). 

Flora Curzon: performs on modern and historical violin set-ups, and has a special interest in inter-disciplinary collaborative projects. Last year she completed a Professional Diploma programme in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music supported by the RC Wyse Bequest Award, during which she won the Music Patrons’ Award 2019, gave her debut recital at the Wigmore Hall, led John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and received a distinction for her final recital. Her experimental folk duo, Fran & Flora, described as "a string duo bound for glory" by Max Reinhardt of BBC Radio 3, released their debut album Unfurl in February to critical acclaim ("brave and classy", The Guardian). Flora has also collaborated with many artists including Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Jocelyn Pook and Tcha Limberger, and performs regularly with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, contemporary music ensemble Project Instrumental, and chamber music theatre company MishMash Productions.

Theo Lais: originally trained as a classical guitarist, Theo is one of the principal figures on the Greek music scene in London, leading regular evenings for dancers as well as performing concerts on his instrument, the Cretan lyra. His extensive knowledge of traditional music from both Europe and the Near East makes him a versatile and rich interpreter of folkloric melody.

Zac Gvirtzman: is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose broad musical palate is balanced by a personal sensitivity that makes itself felt in the varied contexts in which he operates. He is composer in residence with the multi award winning Kandinsky Theatre company. As a performer, he has worked with Evan Parker, Seb Rochford, Eddie Prevost, Lore Lixenberg and Jarvis Cocker among others. He is a member of the F-IRE collective and has co-produced several albums on the F-IRE Label. As a composer he has written for film and dance as well as theatre in a wide range of styles from traditional folk to contemporary classical and groove based music.

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