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GéNIA is excited to announce that she will be bringing Piano-Yoga® to Paris!

 GéNIA is excited to announce that she will be bringing Piano-Yoga® to Paris and will be holding Piano-Yoga® sessions on Tuesday 16th May!

Due to popular demand, after the success of Piano-Yoga® sessions in London and Nice, GéNIA will be holding Piano-Yoga® sessions in Paris! The sessions will give the opportunity to musicians and amateur pianists to learn in-depth about the Piano-Yoga® method and get advice directly from its creator, concert pianist, composer and educator, GéNIA. Taking place in the heart of Paris at one of the best piano stores, Paul Beuscher, the Piano-Yoga® sessions will take place on Tuesday 16th May 10:30-18:30.

For further details please visit Piano-Yoga® website.

GéNIA does a photoshoot with photographer Maurice Sparrow wearing a garment from an award winning designer Jose Hendo

GéNIA enjoyed wearing a skirt from the award-winning fashion designer Jose Hendo at her latest photoshoot. Jose Hendo label is well known for its eco-sustainable principles and philosophy. Designer’s cloth was featured in CNN with their tree bark cloth collection, the dress form which GéNIA worn at her concert at St James Theatre. http://josehendo.com/  

 

The photographer Maurice Sparrow is a celebrity photographer specialising in portraits. GéNIA enjoyed woking with him as he allowed her to continue doing her work, whilst he was taking her pictures. http://www.mauricesparrow.com/

GéNIA premieres new works at Caffe Nero concerts

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 gives great performance at Soundcheque event

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!

GéNIA plays Steinway Spirio!

GéNIA was delighted to play on Spirio, Steinway & Sons’ new invention, wonderful grand piano, that not only allows to record your own playing, but already stores recorded performances of leading concerts pianists.

Steinway & Sons showed their wonderful hospitality in their newly redecorated showroom!

You can read about Spirio HERE.

GéNIA and Fashion Designer José Hendo

If GéNIA’s dress caught your eye in the trailer for her latest album, you may be interested to know that it was designed for her, by the multi-award winning José Hendo whose work has featured at Fashion Weeks across the globe.

José Hendo’s work revolves around the principle of sustainable fashion. She does not waste material, and only uses it herself if it is sustainably produced – end-of-line, up-cycled, or organic. As well as remaining ever-conscious of her work’s impact on the environment, José seeks to raise awareness of the environmental effects of the fashion industry herself.

This dress designed for GéNIA, which has a wonderful red complexion, is of a traditional length when viewed from the front, but from behind it carries a shorter more contemporary line. It combines a respect for what we can learn from those before us with recognition of the need to change and evolve – a difficult but essential balance to strike.

The considered approach José Hendo brings to her work complements GéNIA’s own thoughtful style, both in composition and in performance, and brings yet another touch of class to her latest renditions.

José Hendo’s site can be found here: http://josehendo.com/

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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Faber Music Announce GéNIA as a Featured Artist.

We are delighted to announce that British music publisher Faber Music have announced GéNIA as one of their featured artists.

Follow the link to see GéNIA’s spotlight position on their main page.

http://fabermusic.synchtank.net/#/artist/MTg1MzQtNzUzZDM2/

Classic FM Airs GéNIA’s Piece ‘Past Love’

We are delighted to announce GéNIA’s music premiered on Friday 27th March on Classic FM. ‘Past Love’ from GéNIA’s EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ was aired on Marhgerita Taylor’s Smooth Classics show. We were pleased to receive some lovely feedback from Classic FM listeners about the soulful, intimate and dream like composition.

Composed mainly in Paris GéNIA’s debut EP contains 5 pieces inspired by coffee culture.

You can purchase ‘Past Love’ and the rest of the GéNIA’s compositions from iTunes HERE.

 

 

 

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