Archive for October, 2010

from Kings Place to Media Advert

Lovely concert at Kings Place the other night – I was thrilled to be performing music by wonderful composers Max de Wadener, JS Bach, Buzoni, Siloti, Debussy, Cage & Bartsch whilst having an audience of fantastic musicians and composers, including (to name a few): Gabriel Prokofiev, Patrick Nunn, Will Dutta, Richard Harris, Jamie Telford and Hayden Parsey. Thanks to all of you for your creativity and for being such an inspiration!

Meanwhile I was really thrilled to learn that the piece that I commissioned with Hayden Parsey almost 8 years ago was re-produced by the composer and is currently being used in the new advert campaign for the Girl Guides where they tackle the problem of eating disorders for young women and girls:

“Girlguiding UK calls upon the Prime Minister David Cameron to introduce compulsory labelling of airbrushed images to help combat the rise of eating disorders and shape a generation of self confident girls and young women.”

Watch the trailer here

Which brings us to a question: “How much should art influence society?”

Now time for another cup of coffee…

Namaste,

GéNIA

xxx

My Inspirational Collaboration with Max de Wardener

My first collaboration with Max de Wardener took place when Max made a remix for John Richards’ “Suite for piano and electronics” that has been released on the Nonclassical label. The first time I actually met Max face to face was after my performance at the Cargo nightclub celebrating this release!

That was the beginning of the beautiful friendship and long-term collaboration. Since then, we have been working together on various piano solo and piano & electronics pieces. The challenging rhythmical approach of Max’s music, coming from an electronic background with the preciseness of computer generated rhythms, wrapped with the beautiful tunes inspired me to develop my playing further.

The 18th of October concert is yet another milestone in our collaboration. Premiering 3 new works by Max and ranging from the complete stillness to the vivid hypo mood of the dance scene, the music takes the listener through various “states”, enhanced by pieces of Bach, Cage, Debussy, Tanaka, Skempton and Bartsch,

Films, made by award winning video artists Ravi Deepres and Quolla, who are both long-term collaborators, accompany some of the music.

Promising to be “a chilling night” this Monday’s concert will hopefully set you in a good frame of mind for your week ahead.

Here is our programme:

1st SET

  • Max de Wardener Bees
  • Karen Tanaka  Techno Etude No. 1
  • JS Bach / Buzoni  ‘Ichruf zudir, Herr Jesu Christ’, Choral Prelude for Organ, BWV 639
  • Bach / Ziloti  Prelude in B minor (from the Clavier Buchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach) BWV 855a
  • Max de Wardener  Two short pieces for Peter
  • JS Bach   Overture from French Overture (Partita) in B, BWV 831
  • John Cage  In a landscape
  • Max de Wardener  Remix of the Remix by (visuals by Quoyola)

INTERVAL (20 minutes)

2nd SET

  • Nik Bartsch   Modul 13
  • Max de Wardener  Water
  • Le vent dans la plaine, No. 3 from Book I (Debussy Prélude)
  • Bruyères, No. 5 from Book II (Debussy Préludes)
  • Howard Skempton  Reflections 1-5
  • Max de Wardener  Lusitania (visuals by Ravi Deepres)
  • Max de Wardener  Until My Blood is Pure (visuals by Ravi Deepres)

It will be lovely to see you all there in the beautiful building of Kings Place.

Here is a little preview:

GéNIA plays Max de Wardener

Big hug,

GéNIA

GéNIA plays the music of Max de Wardener

Date: Monday, 18 October 2010, 8:00pm

Place: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Tickets

From Steinways to Kings Place

Dear All,

Big thank you to all those who came to my Steinway Recital last night.

It is always nice to see the a packed house! I am also very grateful to Steinways for making it possible for us to do a launch of my latest album with the music by Gabriel Prokofiev called “Piano Book No.1″.

Now, to the next thing! The recital of music featuring composer Max de Wardener, wrapped in gentle Debussy, deep Bach (also Bach/Ziloti and Bach/Buzoni), simple but profound Skempton, dreamy Cage and inspiring Nik Bartch. Accampanied with specially made films from London’s leading multimedia artists, including Ravi Deepres and Quayola.

The concert is on Monday, 18th of October, at 8pm at Kings Place, London (5 minutes from Kings Cross Station) http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/music/out-hear/max-de-wardener

Looking forward to seeing you there and sending you the vibes that will, hopefully, start you on the good pace for the week ahead!

With love,

GéNIA

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