Following GéNIA’s overcrowded performance at the National Portrait Gallery in London in May this year, GéNIA is launching a Secret Concert Series across London.The events will take place in nontraditional central London locations, where GéNIA aims to play not only her established repertoire and compositions, but premiere her new works, accompanied by various stories about the music and life around it. After tickets are purchased, the audience will be notified 48 hours before the event about the exact location.These concerts are aimed for an intimate audience who love GéNIA’s music, and provide an opportunity to enjoy her playing and meeting her whilst sipping a glass of wine. The first concert will be held on Friday, the 15th July 2016 at 8:00 pm and the tickets will go on sale shortly.
What we can say about the first secret concert: The concert will start at 8pm with the recommended get in at 7:30 pm. The location of the
GéNIA at the National Portrait Gallery
venue is in a close walking distance from the Royal Albert Hall and a few minutes walk from Hyde Park. As GéNIA says herself: ‘I am very excited about this concert, as the Steinway & Sons piano at the location is the best instrument that I have encountered in the whole of the UK.’
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Pianist GéNIA recently gave a number of concerts at one of the largest Caffe Nero Branches at Heathrow Airport (Terminal 2). Alongside with already released works, GéNIA performed a set of her new compositions which are due for release next year in the album titled ‘Babylon’.
Here is one of the pieces: created originally as improvisation, it is called ‘Midnight Dream’.
GéNIA is delighted to announce three forthcoming concert dates for the preview of her new album ‘Babylon’. The concerts will take place at Caffe Nero branch at Heathrow airport on Friday 4th, Friday 11th and Friday 18th of December at 12.30pm.
“a musical gem… a thrilling and intoxicating experience…”
Last week GéNIA had a recording session at Kings Place, London, recording her new compositions. The combination of the beautiful Steinway grand together with the most impressive set up that includes a selection of the best microphones and great acoustic, inspired GéNIA also to record Bach’s Partita No 1 in B flat Major, which was not planned.
We are looking forward to hear the pieces as soon as they are available!
GéNIA has completed mastering of her new piano pieces for Faber Music Media. Composed specifically for a newly launched music library by Faber Music Media, we expect the music to be published in the autumn 2015!
As you can see from the above, Sweet Memories is being used to promote this year’s edition of Crouch End Festival. It is the UK’s biggest community arts festival, a volunteer-run event which takes place in North London, and GéNIA is very happy to be able to support it in this way.
The festival provides a platform for local artists of all varieties, including musicians, actors, designers, poets, painters, comedians… you get the idea! Grass roots level support of local artistic talent is an important part of any community, and it is also an important way of encouraging art that is innovative and new. As well as this, Crouch End Festival works to facilitate collaboration between artistic talents, a crucial dimension to any artist’s growth.
The festival doesn’t just help to develop artistic ties, it strengthens ties between the entire community that comes out to support it. Crouch End Festival has something to offer all age groups, and by bringing these people together, it makes the area stronger. It would be a strange community event if it didn’t try to get all of its community involved!
Historically, bringing communities together was one of the most important functions of art. It is wonderful to be able to contribute to a festival which still recognises this importance today.
If you haven’t seen it already, GéNIA’s latest trailer showcases three original compositions on her second EP: Sweet Memories, Mon Amour, and London-Paris. Even if you’ve heard the songs before, the video gives you a great view of GéNIA’s playing that you simply couldn’t get live.
The album is inspired by a cup of coffee, and this is perhaps most apparent on the first of the three tracks, Sweet Memories. It evokes a sense of nostalgia and calm, a sense that is familiar to all of us who like to sit in cafés and to watch the world go by. The second piece, Mon Amour, is slower and filled with more melancholy than the first, reminding us of how it feels to reminisce upon the past, and perhaps even upon what we have lost. This changes as we reach London-Paris; GéNIA’s music has departed from reflection and looks towards the future. It brings a sense of anticipation and possibility; the increase in tempo and dynamics also creating the feeling of the intent and purpose that comes with travel.
Also worth your attention: if you listen closely, you can hear GéNIA conjure up the effect of a chorus during London-Paris – the piano really starts to sound a little like the human voice!
You can now see a full performance of GéNIA’s composition ‘London-Paris’ on YouTube. It is footage from GéNIA’s concert in support of UNICEF in France last year.
‘London-Paris’ was written on the Eurostar, late on a cold, snowy night during Winter; GéNIA frequently made the trip between the two cities during a sabbatical taken in 2013. This particular performance of the piece is at a higher tempo than when she recorded it in the studio, which makes her right-hand triplet runs all the more formidable and impressive! Coupled with intensified dynamics, GéNIA gives this performance a distinctive character which it is worth your time to investigate.
There are more new compositions from GéNIA on their way. Faber Music will be releasing a series of CDs featuring new piano recordings, and GéNIA has been asked to contribute three original pieces to the project. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you!
Founded in 1965 by Benjamin Britten and Donald Mitchell, Faber is one of the most respected music publishers in the UK. It has a very distinguished track record in classical music, particularly with more current artists and composers, and has worked with contemporary figures such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul McCartney. Like GéNIA, it too believes in the importance of crossing between classical and contemporary!
If you have ever bought sheet music or educative material, we are confident that you will be familiar with Faber. It is a company GéNIA is proud to be associated with, and we feel this collaboration is special.