GéNIA Talks on BBC LONDON 94.9 Radio about The Piano-Yoga® Club

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 

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

Have you seen GéNIA’s New Album Trailer?

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!

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

Faber Commission Music from GéNIA for a New Project

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.

Alex Chalk

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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