Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’
« Back to E-News

In today’s news: Composers announced for PRS for Music’s Accelerate programme, Radio 3 has announced a new commission to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK and David Wordsworth has been appointed as director of the John Ireland Charitable Trust. Also, Music&Arts Networks launches digital label and a new exhibition in celebration of 275 years of Gewandhausorchester opens in Leipzig.

M Magazine

Composers announced for PRS for Music’s Accelerate programme

Eight composers have been chosen to take part in Accelerate, PRS for Music’s inaugural career development programme in partnership with the Berkeley Ensemble.

The Guardian

More than 30 UK theatres at risk of being lost

Theatres around the UK are in danger of being lost for ever unless more local authorities start seeing them as opportunities, rather than liabilities, according to a new report.

Rhinegold Publishing

Radio 3 marks centenary of women’s suffrage with new commission

Radio 3 has announced a new commission to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.

David Wordsworth becomes director of John Ireland Charitable Trust

David Wordsworth has been appointed as director of the John Ireland Charitable Trust. He succeeds Bruce Phillips.

pizzicato

Music&Arts Networks launches digital label

Music&Arts Networks, a company run by François Dru and Pierre-Jean Tribot, has announced the creation of 21 Music, a new 100 % digital label.

Zeit Online

Jazzlegende Hugh Masekela gestorben

Masekela galt als Vater des südafrikanischen Jazz und engagierte sich im Kampf gegen Apartheid. Im Alter von 78 Jahren starb er an den Folgen einer Krebserkrankung.

nmz

Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis an Beat Furrer – Die Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung vergibt 2018 erneut insgesamt 3,5 Millionen Euro

Der internationale Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis geht 2018 an den österreichisch-schweizerischen Komponisten Beat Furrer.

Jubiläumsausstellung 275 Jahre Gewandhausorchester öffnet

275 Jahre Gewandhausgeschichte sind von Montag an in Leipzig zu erleben. Eine Ausstellung in einem grafisch gestalteten Säulengang des Konzerthauses am Augustusplatz widmet sich 55 Persönlichkeiten, die den Erfolg des Orchesters mitbegründet haben.

Osterfestspiele in Baden-Baden noch einmal mit Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle kommt noch einmal als Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker zu den Osterfestspielen nach Baden-Baden.

Platea Magazine

La Ópera de Los Ángeles anuncia su temporada 2018/2019

La Ópera de Los Ángeles, con dirección artística de Plácido Domingo, ha dado a conocer los detalles de su programación para la temporada 2018/2019.

france musique

Benjamin Stora chargé d’une mission sur les migrants dans la culture

La ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen a confié à l’historien Benjamin Stora une mission « de coordination de l’action culturelle en faveur des migrants » dans les établissements nationaux.

Twitter

Pizzicato Magazine @PizzicatoMag: Zahl der Stellen in deutschen Berufsorchestern weiter gesunken via

Music History @today_classical: in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Image: Beat Furrer © Manu Theobald

(Written on January 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestras for All (OFA) has made a number of changes to its leadership team and a Ballincollig teenager is on her way to becoming a world class conductor as she prepares to take up the baton for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra this summer. Also, testosterone and classical music don’t mix, study finds, and there is a new exhibiton in Brandenburg about ancient music instruments.

BBC News

Can listening to classical music improve your life?

Can a daily dose of classical music change your life? It sounds like an impossibly grand claim, but in my case, the answer has been a resounding yes.

Classical Music

Al Bustan Festival announces 25th anniversary programme

The 25th Al Bustan Festival of Music and the Performing Arts will take place 13 Feb – 21 March at the Al Bustan Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. This year’s event is a celebration of Bach, with concerts ranging from a jazz-themed performance by The Swingles to a recital by Mahan Esfahani.

Orchestras for All announces changes to leadership team

Orchestras for All (OFA) has made a number of changes to its leadership team. Chief executive Marianna Hay, who founded OFA in 2011, has been selected as a fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme.

ArtsHub

Making classical music accessible without dumbing it down

Instead of playing film scores, should the classical music sector focus on more experiential and experimental works in order to reach new audiences?

Mirror

Unless we save our music venues we face the sound of silence

Music fans are being urged to back a new law to stop the closure of live music venues.

Evening Echo

Handing the baton to female conductors

A Ballincollig teenager is on her way to becoming a world class conductor as she prepares to take up the baton for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra this summer.

Limelight

Testosterone and classical music don’t mix, study finds

Researchers in Japan found that higher levels of testosterone in men went hand in hand with lower interest in sophisticated music.

pizzicato

International Classical Music Awards 2018: The winners

For the 2018 International Classical Music Awards the ICMA Jury has once again selected musicians and organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements. The independent and international Jury has chosen their favorites from 357 nominated audio and video releases.

nmz
«Archaeomusica»: Der Klang vergangener Jahrtausende

Wie klingen Schwirrhölzer? Welche Klänge entlockten Menschen der Jungsteinzeit Rasseln aus Ton? Eine Ausstellung im Archäologischen Landesmuseum Brandenburg informiert über Musikinstrumente der Vorfahren. Gezeigt werden 500 zum Teil spielbare, rekonstruierte Musikinstrumente.

Klassik.com

Gasteig München: Stadtrat entscheidet sich für Übergangsstandort

Der Ausschuss für Arbeit und Wirtschaft sowie der Kulturausschuss des Münchner Stadtrats haben sich mit großer Mehrheit für einen Übergangsstandort während der Gasteig-Sanierung entschieden.

Musik Heute

Israel Philharmonic: Lahav Shani folgt auf Zubin Mehta

Der israelische Dirigent Lahav Shani wird neuer Musikdirektor des Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv. Er folgt damit auf Maestro Zubin Mehta, der 2019 sein Amt aufgeben wird, wie eine Sprecherin des Orchesters am Donnerstag bestätigte.

Platea Magazine

La Biblioteca de Catalunya edita un libro gratuito sobre el influyente musicólogo Felipe Pedrell

El próximo 31 de enero la Biblioteca de Cataluña presentará el libro gatuito “Felip Pedrell a la Biblioteca de Catalunya”, firmado por Francesc Cortès.

Twitter

Kölner Philharmonie @koelnmusik: Beim Konzert mit dem gestern konnten wir die 18-millionste Besucherin begrüßen! Vielen Dank auch an all die anderen 17.999.999 Besucherinnen und Besucher, die die Kölner Philharmonie zu einem der meistbesuchten Konzerthäuser Europas gemacht haben!

Image: Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve

(Written on January 18, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome guitarist Alessandro Paganelli to our portfolio of artists.

Born in the little town of Livorno, Tuscany, Alessandro grew up in a house filled with music: his father played guitar in the band of Italian singer Milva, and Alessandro shares hi passion for the instrument with him. Alessandro has always been interested in the creative process of music composition, following first private lessons and then conservatoire study.

As a classical guitarist – studying under Oscar Ghiglia at the Academia Chigiana in Siena and in Maastricht with Carlo Marchione– it’s hardly surprising that Alessandro states Johann Sebastian Bach as one of his main musical inspirations. While successfully completing his training and receiving his Masters in Music, he also participated in various masterclasses of Baroque Music Performance Practice.

After moving to Berlin, he started working as a freelance musician, in opera productions like Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” for the Trentino Music Festival, Mozart’s “Die Falsche Gärtnerin” with director Christoph Hagel and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” with the Opera Houses in Greifswald and Stralsund.

Alessandro is fascinated by a wide variety of genres and sounds, so started experimenting with jazz, electronic music and the art of improvisation – all of this led to his first solo EP titled “Drifting”, released in June 2017. Consisting of four tracks, Alessandro demonstrates how he has found the perfect balance of classical elements, strings and atmospheric synthesizers to create a haunting, incredible beautiful piece of art.

Accompanied by artistic and cinematic music videos, filmed by Lorenzo Konings, the music confirms how the term “neoclassical” is not enough to describe his way of composing and the sounds he creates. His music serves as a universal language – to transport all sorts of emotions, thoughts and ideas.

Alessandro is currently in postproduction of his second EP, which is due to be released in early 2018. It consists of four tracks and was recorded, mixed and mastered at FuseRoom Studios Berlin with Alberto Rizzo Schettino. The title “Nebula” already seems like a promise – a promise that the guitarist created another piece of art in his very own, specific and unique way.

(Written on December 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Artists support rising cryptocurrency Monero, early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’ and a new online library of concert videos and feature documentaries by Quincy Jones. Also, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to make a free web-based music education platform, the Opernhaus in Berlin reopens today and the construction of the new Konzerthaus in Munich is postponed.

Classical Music

Ian Skelly to join Suzy Klein on Radio 3’s Essential Classics

Ian Skelly is to replace Rob Cowan as a co-presenter of Radio 3’s Essential Classics. He will begin his new role on Christmas Day, sharing the position with Suzy Klein.

The Guardian

The sound of mega orgasms: the female composers taking music into intimate places

A soundtrack to an erotic feminist film, the crunch of crisps in your own mouth, a composition for ‘strap-on and electric guitar’ … meet the women who are making music and telling stories on their own terms

Serialism: how early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’

The streaming site’s list of big sounds of 2017 includes the challenging form pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg – nestled alongside chillhop, trap Latino and future funk

Digital Music News

Cryptocurrency Monero Jumps 25% as 40 Major Artists Jump on Board

Over 40 artists have signed-on to support rising cryptocurrency, Monero.

The New York Times

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

Quincy Jones, the jazz musician and impresario, is helping to start Qwest TV, an online library of concert videos and feature documentaries, most of them unavailable on YouTube or any other streaming site.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to give all Canadians gift of music literacy with free nation-wide education program

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to boost musical literacy in Canada with an ambitious program that will make a web-based music education platform free to anyone with a Canadian IP address for a year.

Klassik.Com

Münchner Konzerthaus: Haushaltsausschuss gegen Baubeginn im kommenden Jahr

Der Baubeginn des neuen Münchner Konzerthauses, den Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) gerne noch vor den Landtagswahlen im kommenden Jahr terminiert hätte, muss verschoben werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Blattgoldene Zeiten

Vor 275 Jahren wurde das Opernhaus Unter den Linden eingeweiht. Mit dem Geburtstagskonzert startet endlich der Regelbetrieb im sanierten Gebäude.

Musik Heute

Münchner Kandidatenkarussell: Wer übernimmt die Staatsoper?

Im Münchner Kulturbetrieb müssen gleich drei hochkarätige Posten neu besetzt werden, an der Staatsoper und am Staatsschauspiel.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1873 FP of symphonic poem Phaeton in Paris

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics On this day in 1980, Herbert von Karajan celebrated his 25th anniversary as principal conductor of Berlin Philharmonic in a wonderful Celebration Concert in Berlin. Find out more about the biography of this outstanding conductor:

Image: www.gordonwelters.com

(Written on December 7, 2017 )

In today’s’ news: A new Beethoven Museum in Vienna. After a 2-year hiatus the Orff Festival returns to its home in Andechs. Mariss Jansons is honoured with the gold medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society. The Salzburg Mozarteum still doesn’t have a new director. The Mexican folk singer Lila Downs on cultural roots in Mexico. The Jazz singer John Hendricks has died. A piece on Opera in Oman.

Classical-Music

Conductor Mariss Jansons awarded RPS Gold Medal

The Latvian conductor is the 104th recipient of one of music’s most prestigious awards

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons: ‘Women on the podium are not my cup of tea’

Mariss Jansons has all the good qualities you could possibly hope for in a great conductor. Well, almost all. Ivan Hewett meets him

Radio Today

Radio 3 to join up with European stations

BBC Radio 3 teams up with 43 other radio stations in Europe to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first concert from Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Petersfield Post

Liss violinist wins prestigious prizes

Sara Deborah Timossi wins both first prize and audience prize at the International Competition for Baroque Violin Premio Bonporti Rovereto 2017 in Italy.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner threatens to leave London HQ

Warner Music UK has said it may leave its Kensington-based HQ if proposals to redevelop a neighbouring building go ahead.

Japan Times

George Avakian, scholar and producer of major jazz recordings dead at 98

The Russian-born scholar and architect of the American music industry produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Macau Daily Times

Baroque Music Festival returns to Macau for its third edition

The festival aims to integrate Baroque classical music with Chinese and Western architectural heritage in Macau.

Musik

Beethoven-Museum wird in Wien eröffnet

Das Leben und Werk Ludwig van Beethovens (1770-1827) ist untrennbar mit Wien verbunden.

NMZ

Carl Orff-Festspiele kehren nach Andechs zurück

Das Carl Orff-Fest kehrt im nächsten Jahr ins Kloster Andechs zurück.

Kulturradio vom rbb

Hohe Auszeichnung für Mariss Jansons in London

Der lettische Chefdirigent des Chors und Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks bekommt die Goldmedaille der Londoner Royal Philharmonic Society.

Der Standard

Rektorenwahl am Mozarteum vergeigt, Uni-Räte zurückgetreten

Nun ist sie erneut schiefgegangen, die Rektorenbestellung an der Salzburger Musikuniversität Mozarteum.

El Mundo

Lila Downs: “En México negamos nuestra raíz indígena”

Es el vivo retrato de la Revolución Mexicana. Su estética, a caballo entre Frida Kahlo y Emiliano Zapata, sus letras y el eco de su voz rebotan contra un mundo cada vez más homogéneo y silenciado.

Le Monde

Jon Hendricks, poète vocaliste du jazz, est mort

Le chanteur, qui a transmué le jazz vocal en virtuosité « bop », s’est éteint le 22 novembre à l’âge de 96 ans.

France musique

Le Sultanat d’Oman, nouveau paradis pour l’opéra

Depuis quelques années, les pays du monde arabe, et plus spécialement de la péninsule arabique, ont inauguré des salles d’opéra.

Twitter

Kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb – Britische Städte kommen nach Brexit nicht mehr als Europäische Kulturhauptstädte infrage.

ClassicalNEXT @ClassicalNEXT – We’ve opened the registrations for ! Register here → & stay tuned for programme announcements.

Mariss Jansons / Source: classical-music.com

(Written on November 24, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Philharmonix to our roster! Philharmonix is an all-star ensemble, which brings together 3 members of the Vienna Philharmonic, 2 Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists, and an improvising and singing violinist. They play and rearrange pieces for a deliciously heady cocktail of classical, klezmer, folk, jazz, Latin, and even pop – the kind of repertoire one would never see on the playbill of the legendary orchestras. The common link between all of the pieces? The quality of the music and the sense of fun, for both the players and the audience.

Photo: Philharmonix © Max Parovsky

Having lost and gained new members in 2017, Philharmonix is now presenting a brand new image to the audience, along with their new album, to be published by Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Austria at the end of February 2018. To accompany this new start, they’ll be giving a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie on 14th February.

Watch here their brand new video:

The musicians:

– Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin (1st concertmaster Berlin Philharmonic)
– Sebastian Gürtler, violin (former concertmaster Wiener Volksoper)
– Thilo Fechner, viola (Vienna Philharmonic)
– Stephan Koncz, cello (Berlin Philharmonic)
– Ödön Rácz, bass (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Christoph Traxler, piano

The Golden Rule of the Philharmonix’ programmes: “Anything goes, as long as it’s fun“!

WildKat is looking forward to promoting this great ensemble through this new album and the Berlin concert, across German-speaking countries and the UK. Stay tuned, there is definitely more to come soon!

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

In today’s Classical news, the programme for the London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 is announced, a virtual museum about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony, Munich aims to beat the Elbphilharmonie with its new concert hall and Richard Williams talks about the Jazzfest Berlin.

BBC News

Sting brings Newcastle-set musical ‘The Last Ship’ home for UK premiere

Gordon Sumner created the show as a tribute to the shipbuilding community where he grew up in Wallsend, but it lasted just three months on Broadway in 2014 and 15 after mixed reviews and lacklustre ticket sales.

Rhinegold

Programme for London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 announced

This year’s festival (3-10th Dec) will include experimental sound works, erotic films, musical battles with artificial intelligence, punk, Fluxus, wild pop, Afrofuturism, live electronic sets, mouth installations, a seven-hour song recital and talks.

Virtual musical instrument museum launched

A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live. MINIM-UK allows members of the public to explore instruments from 200 separate collections across the UK in a single virtual location.

Gramophone

Michael Tilson Thomas to step down from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has announced that Michael Tilson Thomas will step down from his role as Music Director at the end of the 2019-20 season. MTT will be 75 and will have served in the post for 25 years.

Forbes

Bill Murray, Three Classical Musicians Collaborate On ‘New Worlds’ Recording And Concert Tour

A chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to New York led actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler to became fast friends and curious about each other’s artistic world and interests.

The New York Times

After 25 years, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, whose trailblazing leadership of the San Francisco Symphony spurred American classical music’s westward expansion, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as its music director in 2020, after his 25th season.

Die Welt

Mit diesem Saal will München die Elbphilharmonie schlagen

München hat sich endlich auf einen Entwurf für den neuen Konzertsaal festgelegt. Der 300-Millionen-Glaspalast soll Aushängeschild werden. Doch Kritiker spotten schon über den „Schneewittchensarg“.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es wird Zeit, dass jemand Jüngeres drankommt”

Richard Williams, der scheidende Leiter des Jazzfests Berlin, über die rasante Entwicklung des Jazz.

Fono Forum

Mehr als 1.666 Stunden Alte Musik

Ein klingendes Urgestein der Alten-Musik-Szene wird 65: Die Sendung Tafel-Confect des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Bitte vergessen Sie das Applaudieren nicht!

Die erste Asientournee des Lucerne Festival Orchestra mit seinem neuen Chefdirigenten Riccardo Chailly eröffnet widersprüchliche Blicke in die Zukunft des Musikbetriebs.

Twitter

ECHO  Fotos der Verleihung in der Galerie auf der ECHO KLASSIK-Website: ▸

Berliner FestspieleDer Aufbau für das Pop-Up-Konzert von beim 2017 im Alexa Berlin läuft! Heute um 14 Uhr geht es dann los!

Michael Tilson Thomas at home in San Francisco in 2014.

© Drew Kelly for The New York Times

(Written on November 1, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Scottish Opera is hoping to attract young visitors, female opera stars are paid according to how naked they get onstage, Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti dies aged 55.  Staatsoper closes again, censorship of Anna-Lena Schnabel in German public television.

The Times

‘Wear your trainers to the opera’

In years gone by anyone arriving in the dress circle wearing jeans or trainers could expect to be met with rolled eyes and raised voices. But Scottish Opera is hoping to kill off the perception that the genre is the province of sneering elitists.

The Telegraph

Opera has a race problem, but we can’t let bullies censor artists

The rage to censor art is as old as art itself. Since the time of Plato, moralisers have tried to ban certain sorts of music or painting or opera, because they corrupted the moral fibre of the people, encouraged seditious thoughts, or disrespected a monarch. However, the urge to ban has recently taken a new turn.

Classic FM

Female opera stars are paid according to how naked they get onstage

In a bid to save money over the course of the season, female actresses have been told they’ll get a pay cut for wearing a bra – rather than nipple tassels – on stage.

The Strad

Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti dies aged 55

Versatile musician with presence in the worlds of classical, jazz and beyond, dies after illness.

Sportz Egde

Yale football player Alex Galland did not kneel; he played trumpet with the band during the national anthem

With all the controversy and divisiveness generated by the current wave of protests during the playing of the national anthem at football games, this story may come as a welcome relief to many of those who are following these events.

Der Tagesspiegel

Warten auf Gretel

Nach ihrem fünftägigen “Präludium” hat die Staatsoper gleich wieder geschlossen, damit die letzten Sanierungsarbeiten ausgeführt werden können. Aber was machen die Mitarbeiter in der Zeit? Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen.

Die Zeit

Was der NDR glaubt, nicht senden zu können

Der Preis, den man für einen Echo Jazz bezahlen muss: Ein 3sat-Dokumentarfilm porträtiert die Saxofonistin Anna-Lena Schnabel und zeigt, wie das Fernsehen Musik zensiert.

Musik heute

Donaueschinger Musiktage enden mit Konzert und Preisen

Mit Uraufführungen von Bunita Marcus, Marton Illes und Chaya Czernowin sind am Sonntagabend die Donaueschinger Musiktage zu Ende gegangen. Komponist Illes wurde am Schlusstag auch mit dem Preis des SWR Symphonieorchesters ausgezeichnet. Der bildende Künstler Olaf Nicolai erhielt zudem den Karl-Sczuka-Preis für Hörspiel als Radiokunst.

El País

Bernard Haitink: “Si quiere una vida tranquila, no dirija ópera”

El legendario director de orquesta holandés, de 88 años, repasa su trayectoria antes de inaugurar la temporada de Ibermúsica al frente de la Sinfónica de Londres

Pizzicato

Renovierung des ‘Grand Théâtre de Genève’ verzögert sich

So wie es das ‘Deutsche Wunder’ nicht mehr gibt, so ist auch kein Verlass mehr auf die Schweizer Pünktlichkeit: Die Renovierungsarbeiten im ‘Grand Théâtre de Genève’ werden voraussichtlich vier Monate länger dauern als geplant, teilte die Stadt Genf mit. Die Wiedereröffnung des Gebäudes ist jetzt für Mitte Januar 2019 vorgesehen.

Twitter

  in 1801 Death of German Johann Gottlieb in Dresden

Image: Times photographer James Glossop

(Written on October 23, 2017 )

WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

Lizzie Ball ©Silvia Cruz

Merken

Merken

(Written on October 16, 2017 )

Ashia Bison Rouge is a Polish born, American raised composer, cello player and singer, who lives in Berlin. She is a citizen of the world and so is her music.  Combining elements from Jazz, Pop, classical music and ambient sounds, she creates what she calls a ‘Song Archipelego’.

WildKat will be working with her to promote her concert at Körnerpark, Berlin on October 22nd.

 

One could say that there are only so many ways to play an instrument, but Ashia is a virtuoso, bending what is supposed to be the sound and the use of the cello. Combine that with her powerful and soul soaked voice and you get the most beautiful compositions you could have ever wished for. Playing all over Europe and the US, Ashia has performed with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in Salem, Oregon, the Cirque du Soleil and as a soloist at Kater Blau in Berlin.

On October 22nd, Ashia will perform at Körnerpark Neukölln, which is, according to blogs and word-of-mouth, probably one of the best places in Berlin right now. For an exciting artist such as Ashia, it is just the perfect spot. She will perform her own songs and compositions, as well as some extraordinary covers. She will once again be her own one-woman-cello and orchestra. She will once again be her own band. She will be Ashia Bison Rouge at her best.

We are more than happy to support Ashia for her concert at the Körnerpark Neukölln. And since the concert is free, all we can do is recommend to be there early for a great show!

(Written on September 7, 2017 )