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GéNIA’s ‘Sweet Memories’ selected for Crouch End Festival Trailer

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.

Alex Chalk

New Performance of GéNIA’s ‘London-Paris’ Available Now

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.

Alex Chalk

GéNIA’s performance of ‘Paganini Jazz’

This video, recorded in September 2014 in Nice, France, is a great opportunity to see and hear GéNIA at her most virtuosic.  Paganini Jazz is a demanding piece, and with a very clear view of the piano keyboard, the video offers a window into how GéNIA approaches this challenge.  For those who want some insight into her technique, this is footage that can be carefully studied.

It is also a chance to hear how GéNIA handles Jazz; something of a departure from both her classical repertoire and her songwriting.  That the answer is ‘very well’ is evident from the way she navigates the contrasting moods of the piece, and manages to maintain such a smooth playing style even in the most up-tempo and dramatic of moments.  It is also evident from the standing ovation she receives at the end of the song!  A dynamic performance full of variety, it is certainly worth a few minutes of your time to investigate.

As well as being an outstanding rendition, GéNIA’s performance was on this occasion in support of UNICEF, and the funds raised from the concert meant that 560 girls throughout Guinéa, Mozambique, Togo, Malaisie and Madagascar received an education for a year.  Good music for a good cause!

Alex Chalk

Alex Chalk on GéNIA’s Upcoming Stowe Concert

GéNIA at Stowe

If you wonder how GéNIA’s work as a concert pianist, composer, and pioneering creator of the Piano-Yoga® method fit together, you might find an answer by looking at the attitude with which she approaches her projects.

The material featured on her acclaimed ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ recordings, performed in full for the first time at Arts at Stowe, was inspired by a cup of coffee –not a rushed cup, but rather one consumed slowly and thoughtfully.  The music itself is a reflection of the mood that might accompany such a drinker.

The sound is tranquil and musing, though not without its flourishes – GéNIA reminds us of her virtuosity with beautiful sections of high cascading notes through the recordings, which most would struggle to imitate.  She moves from the melancholic to the quietly optimistic with subtlety and nuance, but nonetheless with dynamism and emphasis where she sees appropriate.  It is music that has been featured on Classic FM, and throughout Café Nero’s coffee shops worldwide.

GéNIA seeks to produce the compositions’ own thoughtful qualities in her listeners, and something very similar is happening with her work in Piano-Yoga®.  In taking inspiration from Yoga to create a unique musical method, GéNIA has drawn on a discipline with a strong mental and meditative dimension, and as a result Piano-Yoga® is not simply a method for increasing flexibility in one’s hands.  It is a holistic practice; through working on posture it also seeks to change the psychology of performers and the way it feels to perform, with real implications for the sound that pianists are able to produce.

In both cases, it is through a focus on reflective awareness and state of mind that GéNIA has shone, and she brings this same focus to her experimentation with different performance situations, including her appearances in a café at Heathrow Airport where she sought to sooth passengers before setting off on their journeys.

By continuing to pay attention to this important dimension of the musical experience, GéNIA brings us something unique with her ‘modern twist’ on classical music, which will no doubt be on show at her Arts at Stowe performance.

Written by Alex Chalk

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GéNIA to perform series of concerts at Heathrow in Association with Caffè Nero

The Times Declare GéNIA is Bringing Cafe Culture Back to the 21st Century!

The Times’ Richard Morrison  recently wrote an article discussing GéNIA’s upcoming concerts at Heathrow, how she is bringing cafe culture back to the 21st century and the forward thinking attitude of performing in edgier, unconventional spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GéNIA to Perform at the First Classical Concert at Heathrow!

GéNIA in association with Caffè Nero is excited to launch the very first classical concerts at Heathrow Airport on Sunday 14th & 28th December 2014.

Taking place in one of the largest coffee houses in the world, Caffè Nero present the virtuoso pianist and composer GéNIA, who is their featured classical artist of the month and whose compositions have been heard in Caffè Nero branches worldwide.

GéNIA will be launching her new EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow Volume 2’ at these concerts as well as performing a selection of famous classical works to bring an entirely new experience to air travel.

‘I am very excited about launching classical concerts at Heathrow with Caffè Nero! It was a long time tradition in Europe to have Café Concertos which contributed to the development of culture and I would very much like to bring this back to the UK in the 21 century. Heathrow is one of the best places to start, as it will make travellers’ waiting experience much more enjoyable’ says GéNIA

The relaxing and often nostalgic quality of GéNIA’s music alongside classic works by Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt will certainly sooth passengers before setting off on their journeys.

So join GéNIA at Caffè Nero Heathrow Terminal 2 at 11am on Sunday 14th & 28th December 2014 for the ultimate travel experience. You can receive a free coffee from Caffè Nero Heathrow Terminal 2 by quoting “I love GéNIA’s music!” on the day, and there will also be an opportunity to chat to GéNIA and obtain a limited edition signed copy of her EP.

GéNIA’s UNICEF Concert a Big Success!

GéNIA’s concert for UNICEF this September was a big success.  The money raised from the concert will allow UNICEF to school 560 girls for one year in one of the following countries: Guinéa, Mozambique, Togo, Malaisie or Madagascar.

We would like to thank Bruno Jonquet the President of The Association Energie Creation Solidaire, Claude Fondecave the Président Comité Départemental 06 pour l’UNICEF  and singer Lea Van Sky for organising the concert.

GéNIA was overwhelmed by the audience’s response which included a standing ovation. Here is some of the amazing feedback we have had from the audience:

‘C’était magique, très harmonieux et enchantant ! Merci pour cette inoubliable soirée. Bravo, Genia…..l


GéNIA’s recital took me to another sphere.

A truly fantastic performer. Loved every minute. Thank you !

Slendido concerto, pieno di vibraziones, molto molto toccante

Merci pour cette formidable soirée, une grande dame ayant autant de talent et beaucoup de générosité dans ses interprétations mérite ses acclamations.

Merci, quelle merveille. Amazing, very emotional. Une belle pianiste, pour une cause noble, une sensibilité. Très beau récital, ravie d’avoir pu écouter Genia. On continuera à écouter son CD.

Merci pour cette superbe soirée. C’était une très belle idée et Genia nous a enchantés.

Très belle soirée ! Merci pour l’organisation très professionnelle et le choix de l’artiste. Ce fût une belle découverte !

Merci. Magnifiquo ! Like she has 4 hands ! You can do it again. Well organize.

Merveilleuses notes, beaucoup de sensibilité ! Merci.

Superbe concert, j’ai apprécié particulièrement l’interprétation de Philip Glass et les compositions de Genia.

Un magnifique concert, une artiste envoutante. Mon fils de 3 ans était attentif et admiratif pendant tout le concert ! Une jeune vocation est née ce soir grâce à Genia !

Your pieces enchanted me, Genia ! Wish you all the best !

So glad we all come. C’était magnifique !

Amazing composer, very happy to participate.

A fantastic concert by an amazing pianist and composer !

C’était vraiment magnifique !

Merveilleux concert. Merci Genia.

Merci pour ce magnifique concert. Vous êtes vraiment géniale.

Une superbe soirée, merci pour votre organisation et à cette artiste magnifique. J’ai adoré !

Très belle initiative. Thank you very much. En espérant qu’il y en ait beaucoup d’autres.

Merci pour cet enchantement !

Quel moment émouvant et dense. La grâce et le don.

I was absolutely spellbound by the magic of her performance and talent.

Bravo ! Magnifique soirée…

Soirée splendide. Merci pour la générosité du coeur et de l’esprit.

Merci pour cette excellente soirée. Félicitations.

Un merveilleux moment de beauté et de sensibilité !

Magnificient performance. Great energy. I really loved Genia’s own work and her new piece is sensational. A very well organised event.

C’était un très bel événement, et on voyait que c’était super bien comment dire, comme sur une ligne toute droite, sans un grain de sable, ….peaufiné !!

Bravo. Fantastic night. Very well organized. Genia is amazing. Well done.

Thank you for your beautiful heart and organising such a magnificent evening.

Everyone loved it and couldn’t get enough of it.

Une soirée magique, cette pianiste est unique!!!!!

The recital was excellent. I really enjoyed it, and what a lovely venue to hold it in.

Bravo quel talent Genia, quelles belles vibrations émanent de vous tous ! ça fait du bien…

Merci et Bravo aux organisateurs pour cette soirée inoubliable pour nous… pleine d’émotion…’

 

Courtesy by photographer (c) 2014 Jean-Joaquim Crassous

GéNIA releases live performance video for ‘The Last Dance’

GéNIA has just released the next in her series of live  videos filmed at one of her concert earlier this year. Here GéNIA gives a performance of ‘The Last Dance’ from her EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’.

GéNIA releases video for Debussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’

GéNIA has just released a snippet of her concert last month playing Claude Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’.

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