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Heute erscheint das neue Album der Pianistin und Komponistin Marina Baranova bei Berlin Classics. Hypersuites sind „akustische Remixe barocker Meister“ und höchst persönliche musikalische Dialoge zwischen der Künstlerin und ihren Lieblingskomponisten. Dadurch werden neue, ungeahnte Querverweise zu den Stücken geschaffen. Auch der Pianist und Komponist Hauschka hat dem Album einen zusätzlichen, spannenden „Hyperlink“ zwischen ihm und Marina Baranova hinzugefügt. Hauschka komponierte einen Remix auf ihre Version von La Poule. Rameaus Stück gewinnt dadurch eine zusätzliche Dimension.

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Marina Baranova: Hypersuites. Foto: Felix Broede

Schon in der Barockzeit war das Kombinieren und Rekomponieren sowie das Mischen einzelner Stücke zu einer Suite weit verbreitet. Heutzutage scheint diese Tradition wiederaufzuleben: in der Klassikwelt hat sich eine ganze Remix-Generation entwickelt; Wettbewerbe wie der Romantic Revolution Remix Contest des DSO Berlin werden ins Leben gerufen, um dazu aufzufordern, die klassische Musik einer gewissen Ehrfurcht zu entbinden.

Zu dieser neuen Generation klassischer Musiker gehören neben Marina Baranova auch Künstler wie Moritz Eggert und Chad Lawson. Der Komponist und Pianist Moritz Eggert setzt sich kontinuierlich mit genreübergreifenden, ungewöhnlichen Projekten dafür ein, das Image des „braven Klassikkomponisten“ zu verändern. Bis vor kurzem lief Traviata Remixed, eine stark gekürzte, modernisierte und experimentelle Version der wohl berühmtesten Oper Verdis beim Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, Ende September kommt sie nach Wien. Auch der amerikanische Pianist Chad Lawson liebt es, wohlbekannte Werke großer Komponisten mit einem neuen, ganz persönlichen Anstrich zu versehen. Im September erscheint sein neuestes Album Bach Interpreted / Piano Variations on Bach Chorals, für das er verschiedene Bach-Choräle analysiert und einzelne Melodien zu einem neuen Gebilde zusammengefügt hat. Entstanden sind Neuinterpretationen mit ganz eigenem Klang, die Chad Lawson im September auch in Deutschland vorstellen wird.

Am Ende bleibt die Frage: Bachs Musik umschreiben – darf man das überhaupt? Marina Baranova sagt ja, auch wenn sie Hochachtung vor Bach habe und seine Kunst niemals in Frage stellen würde. Was sie aber gern erforsche, sei Tradition. „Tradition bietet uns eine Komfortzone, die alles gemütlicher und somit risikofreier macht. In dieser Situation besteht die Gefahr, dass die Kunst weniger ‚passiert’, sondern mehr getrieben wird.“ Nicht zuletzt war das Improvisieren auch in der Barockzeit eine gängige Vorgehensweise. Von den Noten abzuspielen hingegen, exakt wie notiert, galt als schlechter Geschmack und wies auf mangelnde Fantasie hin!

Am 08. September wird Marina Baranova ihr neues Album Hypersuites im silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin vorstellen. Tickets für den Abend gibt es hier. Das Album kann man hier bestellen.

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Marina Baranova. Foto: Felix Broede

(Written on August 26, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back Ukrainian pianist and composer Marina Baranova.

Marina’s mother taught classical music, her father jazz. Growing up with this background Marina was able to discover her passion for both classical music and improvisation from a very young age. In her new album Hypersuites she impressively shows how she feels at home in both musical worlds.

WildKat PR are delighted to have found a label for Marina, in Berlin Classics. Her new CD was recorded at the renowned Teldex Studio in Berlin and is to be released on 26th August. Famous photographer Felix Broede took the powerful pictures.

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Hypersuites is based on the graceful music of baroque period – original works by Handel, Rameau and Bach provide a foundation for improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations. Combining classical music structures with jazz gestures and modern pop references, she creates audacious hybrids which are driven by reviving the baroque art of ornamental extemporisation and a curiosity about new narrative possibilities that grow out of the interweaving between contemporary music styles and antique masterpieces.“

The pianist and composer Hauschka has also been part of this recording, which marks an exciting ‘hyperlink’ between Marina Baranova and Hauschka: he composed a remix of her version of “La Poule” by Rameau. This opens up another dimension on this piece.

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© Felix Broede

Hypersuites is a modern dialog between Marina Baranova and her favourite composers. The record release concert will be on 08 September at silent green in Berlin.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina Baranova with her new album. Keep up to date with news via the WildKat PR blog, as well as on Marina Baranova’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

(Written on July 14, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to continue working with musician and artistic director Damian Marhulets and his project agency. After helping to arrange a number of concerts, WildKat will now also support Damian in promoting the agency’s projects and upcoming events.

Damian began his career as an oboist at the prestigious Minsk College of Music. After moving to Germany in 2000, he began to focus on modern composition and electronic music. He carries his innovative approach to music into the Damian Marhulets Project Agency, founded in 2014, through which he has worked with many talented musicians and created cutting-edge projects.

The agency is currently working on projects with pianist Marina Baranova, whose latest programme ‘Hypersuites’ presents exquisite improvisations and variations on Baroque pieces. Marina is also involved in Damian’s work ‘Stellar’, an electroacoustic composition which also features the extraordinary guitarist Frank Bungarten. A further highlight is the project ‘DIV3RSIONS’, in which Damian and Marina collaborate with renowned klezmer and jazz clarinettist David Krakauer.

We look forward to working with Damian in promoting these exciting projects. Stay up to date by visiting the WildKat blog and Damian’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Damian Marhulets

Photo credit: Irene Zandel

(Written on September 4, 2015 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

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Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

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Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

In today’s news a new opera to tell the story of  Steve Job’s life is planned for 2017. The stolen Stradivarius violin of Roman Totenberg is found after 35 years and the Boston Symphony Orchestra announces extension of Music Director Andris Nelson’s contract.

The Guardian

Modem Butterfly? New opera to tell life story of Steve Jobs

Santa Fe Opera is to stage The Revolution of Steve Jobs, which will follow the Apple founder as he confronts cancer

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin found 35 years later

A Stradivarius belonging to violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg has been recovered, 35 years it disappeared.

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Somewhere for the weekend – Presteigne Festival

The Presteigne Festival is now in its 33rd year. Based in Presteigne / Gwyl Llanandras in Radnorshire in the Welsh Marches, the festival manages to cram an enormous amount of vital music making into its six days, running from 27 August to 1 September 2015.

Classical Source

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons announce extension to Mr Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through 2022!

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have reached an agreement to extend Mr. Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through the 2021-22 season, following his extraordinary first year in that role, having received virtually unanimous praise and universal enthusiasm for his work with the orchestra from critics and audiences alike.

New York Times

Roman Totenberg’s Stolen Stradivarius Is Found After 35 Years

The Stradivarius – which was made in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari and is known as the Ames Stradivarius – disappeared after it was stolen in 1980 from the violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg.

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Lebensweg von Steve Jobs kommt auf die Opernbühne

Biographisches Werk soll 2017 in Santa Fe uraufgeführt werden.

FAZ

Bayreuther Wagner-Museum: Zwischen Grusel und Liebe

Völkische Ästhetik und gemütvolle Verlogenheit: Wer sich im neu konzipierten Richard-Wagner-Museum seinen Weg durch Wagners Welt sucht, begegnet den Gespenstern einer vergifteten Rezeptionsgeschichte.

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Vorzeitige Verlängerung – Andris Nelsons bleibt bis 2022 Chefdirigent beim Boston Symphony Orchestra

Gerade mal seit einem Jahr schwingt Andris Nelsons das Zepter in Boston und wurde dafür mit einer vorzeitigen Vertragsverlängerung belohnt.

Twitter

Marina Baranova @Baranova_piano: Done! I had the most inspiring recording session ever! With @MartinSauer at #teldexstudio #Berlin. Feeling happy!

Young Euro Classic @YEClassic: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJbt_WVBZjA … The @NYOGB will play at #YoungEuroClassic on August 10!

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet: Worth a read: http://isclassicalmusicdead.com

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

(Written on August 7, 2015 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, Marina Baranova, a Ukrainian pianist and composer living in Germany.

“She sat down at the piano and played. With her right hand she held a melody, harmonically supported from the left. She was three and couldn’t read music” remembered Marinas Parents, both piano teachers.

Since her very first contact with a piano at the age of 3, Marina has won a long list of international prizes all over Europe. Her debut album Marina Baranova Plays Schumann was enthusiastically applauded by the press, who hailed her as an “excellent interpreter of Schumann”. She is also active as a composer – her last CD Firebird, recorded together with Murat Coşkun, contains only original compositions for oriental percussion and piano.

Marina is currently working on her next CD Hypersuites. The programme will be based on the graceful music of the Baroque period providing a foundation for the brilliant improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations which Marina specialises in.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina in promoting this new album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Marina Baranova’s website.

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Marina Baranova, picture by Yoshi Toscani

(Written on July 31, 2015 )