GéNIA was delighted to find out that her music was used by the fashion designer Nikola Conradi in her latest catwalk.
In 2012, Nikola participated in her first fashion show in Windhoek, then went on to become a household name in the fashion industry in Namibia as well as winning the Swakara – Namibian Young Designer Award in 2013.
Nikola chose to specialise in garments for the sophisticated, elegant and chic business woman – her early adopters, if you will. Today Nikola Conradie Fashions cc is responsible for quite a number of sensational fashion designs and projects: from cocktail dresses for Miss Namibia contestants, to the outfits for the officials and athletes representing Namibia at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. From being the only international Fashion Designer – and the first ever from Namibian – to showcase at the first Lusaka July fashion event in Lusaka Zambia, and to participating in the Mozambique Fashion Week and the MODA AFRICA in Lisbon, Portugal.
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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GéNIA has been invited to perform an all-Russian programme for the exhibition that is currently taking place at the National Portrait Gallery, entitled ‘Russia and the Arts’.
‘I wanted to see the exhibition before my concert, and must say I was moved to the core, whilst spending my time with the paintings, which were brought specially from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Not only were the paintings in themselves amazing; the art of Konstantin Korovin and Mikhail Vrubel and many other Russian painters go straight to your heart, and play with your emotions, but the intensity and depth of faces of the musicians, artists, singers, writers, poets, as well as the Russian financiers who supported the arts, accompanied by thoughtful and informative notes, completely transferred me to that era and really represented the side which many in the West call ‘Russian’: the depth, sometimes to the extent of tragedy, beauty and intelligence.
Looking at the faces of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Shalapin, Tchaikovsky to name a few, every portrait looked profound.
I am very much looking forward to the concert, and hope that, through the music that I am going to play, people will be able to connect more deeply with the Russian heritage. It is a great honour to be performing a Russian programme for this special exhibition, which includes the music of Piotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and my two Russian-based theme compositions.’ says GéNIA
Portraits of famous Russian writers, poets, musicians, actors, art supporters and craftsmanship of Russian painters, accompanied by thought provoking comments, convey the concept of Russian soul, and its creativity. Treasured paintings supplied by Tretyakov Gallery are not to be missed by anyone who is interested in Russian art and culture.
In addition to this, Fazioli pianos will be supplying one of their finest instruments especially for this concert.
Here are the details:
Friday, 20 May 2016
Piotr Tchaikovsky: October (‘Autumn Song;) & June (‘Barcarolle’) from The Seasons op.37
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludue in C Minor, Op. 23 No.7
Alexander Scriabin: Etude in C sharp Minor from Three Pieces Op. 2
GéNIA: Autumn Blues & Russian Song from ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 op. 36 in B Minor (Second Edition):
I Allegro Agitato II Non Allegro III L’Istesso tempo – Allegro Molto
Entrance is free, but we recommend that you get in well in advance, as the spaces are limited.
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’.
Soundcheque Ltd recently invited GéNIA to play at one of their annual Christmas events. It was an unusual environment for a classical pianist – buzzing with rock and pop artists! GéNIA’s performance went down like a storm. She is very grateful to Yamaha Pianos who sponsored her performance by providing a beautiful keyboard.
‘It was the first time I played keys. I was a bit unsure about this at first, but the touch was so real and the sound was great. And, most importantly, it made me to connect with the audience in the most authentic way! They were amazing! I am now thinking of performing much more in London clubs’ says GéNIA.
GéNIA performed some of her most popular compositions including London-Paris and Mon Amore.
To find out more about Soundcheque Ltd, the company that supplies original and custom-made music for media, film and television and based in London and LA,visit their website.
To find out more about Yamaha in the UK and view their range of a wonderful electric instruments visit their website.
GéNIA’s next forthcoming shows will be announced shortly!
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 talks to Jo Good on her show at BBC London 94.9
GéNIA was a guest on Jo Good Show at BBC London 94.9 Radio on Tuesday, the 4th of August, where she talked in details about the launch of the Piano-Yoga® Club: what to expect, who is it for and when it will start. GéNIA demonstrated one of her exercises and played some of her music. For those considering joining the Club this interview will give you a great insight (starts from 1:07): LISTEN HERE
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!