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Piano-Yoga® London Pop-Up Event: Conquering Performance Nerves

We are excited to announce a pop-up Piano-Yoga® event which will take place in the heart of London, Shoreditch Treehouse and will be lead by the Piano-Yoga® founder, the Russian born concert pianist and composer, GéNIA. 

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About Piano-Yoga® 

Piano-Yoga® method is suitable for pianists of all levels and ages, and offers a unique holistic system of playing which combines the fundamentals of the traditional Russian piano schools with principles from Eastern philosophies, especially yoga. The method utilises aspects of movement, gravity and breathing, creating a more natural and organic approach to piano playing, performing and teaching. The aims are in focusing your piano practice, improving concentration, building strength in the fingers and hands, establishing good posture at the piano, and conquering performance nerves. Piano-Yoga® radically improves technique, and unblocks tension. 

The method has been featured in major music publications in the UK and internationally:

 ‘It really does work.’ – Piano Professional Magazine, UK

‘I’d highly recommend it.’- Music Teacher Magazine

‘I would encourage any pianist, amateurs and professionals alike, to sign up to one of [GéNIA’s] courses!’- International Piano 

“The 21st -century answer to playing the piano” – Yoga and Health Magazine, UK

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About ‘Conquering Performance Nerves’ Workshop

This particular workshop will focus on Conquering Performance Nerves. Just in time for the summer ABRSM graded exams, as well as the end of term in many music institutions, this workshop aims to provide additional help to those who find themselves suffering from performance nerves. Aiming at the medium to advanced level, amateur and professional musicians, the participants will be invited to take their shoes off and wear loose clothing in order to be able to do various exercises. Please note that this event is also suitable for musicians playing other instruments, and is not only limited to piano players. If you would like to play at the workshop, whether just one page or a whole piece, please advise GéNIA at the start of the event.

GéNIA’s first Piano-Yoga® book was published in 2009 in conjunction with the creation of the Piano-Yoga® Studio, which is housed at the famous Schott Music shop in London, offering a variety of playing methods which encourage individuality and self-confidence. GéNIA’s Piano-Yoga® project is represented online at www.piano-yoga.com where free educational resources are provided, such as the Piano-Yoga® article series, exercises designed specifically for pianists, performance preparation advice and useful downloads. GéNIA qualified in 2008 as B.W.Y. (British Wheel of Yoga) teacher and trained with The Life Centre®, London.

About GéNIA

Descried by The Timesas ‘an outstanding musician’ GéNIA is as  acclaimed pioneer in the classical music scene, with numerous releases, TV and radio appearances, GéNIA was initiated into the piano in the Ukraine by her great-grandmother, Regina Horowitz (sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz), before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity Laban College of Music. GéNIA performed worldwide (London venues include Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, Kings Place, to name just a few venues) and has been pursuing her career as a composer for the past 6 years. Since then, her compositions have been played on Classic FM, BBC Radio London, London Live TV News Channel, and are regularly played in all Caffe Nero Branches worldwide. Her compositions have been placed in the highly acclaimed TV Series ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Cold Feet’. She recently released her new album ‘Babylon’, immediately following sold-out London show. 

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This workshop is suitable for musicians from age 12 onwards. 

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What can I bring into the event?

You can bring your own yoga mat if you like and yoga belt.

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How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You are welcome to email us on info@piano-yoga.com

Book Your Ticket Via Eventbrite.co.uk

The enigmatic singer Nick Celino joins GéNIA at her concert at The Other Palace

Nick Celino

Fantastic singer Nick Celino joined GéNIA at her show “Babylon’ at The Other Palace on the 9th of May to sing the song which she co-wrote with Jeff Chegwin. Nick has recently appeared on Russia’s biggest TV show ‘Evening Urgant’ singing to 60 million viewers, as well as on Britain’s Got Talent four years ago.

Nick has just signed to New Heights Entertainment in Hollywood (the team behind Lady Gaga’s hitmaker producer & songwriter RedOne) and his new single is due for release this summer, mixed by Ariana Grande’s producer.

It was GéNIA’s debut as a song writer and she is now working on a number of songs to be released later in the year.

GéNIA is delighted to Premiere Five New Pieces at Her Next Show in London on the 9 May 2019

It has only been 6 weeks since GéNIA’s last show in London, but to surprise her fans and offer them something new to listen to, GéNIA has prepared five new compositions, which has never been heard or released before.

There also will be a surprise for her audience, revealed closer to the show, so stay in tune to find out more!

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GéNIA releases ‘Babylon’ video

I am delighted to announce the release of my music video ‘Babylon’. Directed by the British filmmaker Mat Green, Babylon was filmed in and around the streets of London.

The name ‘Babylon’ was chosen as a historical reference to Babylon’s development to the most advanced level across various periods, in culture, art, science, architecture, commerce and other disciplines, during which it kept getting attacked, and was ultimately destroyed. As a result, all the wonders of the Hanging Gardens, proclaimed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the reputation of the region as the highest centre of learning and scientific understanding as well as a highly successful commercial centre, were destroyed.

I hope that by drawing attention to the past, people will be made more aware of the parallel with what we are going through in our society today.

The track is available on iTunes,  AmazonGoogle Play as well as on Spotify and many other digital channels. The sheet music can be ordered from this website.

Enjoy!

Love,

GéNIA

I am happy to announce the participation in The Soho Music Festival: 16 June 2018

I am delighted to announce that I will be opening The Soho Music Festival on the 16 June!

Soho – an area synonymous with great music venues and historic gigs. An area where the likes of Hendrix, The Who and Zeppelin cut their teeth – and where to this day wonderful concerts happen nightly. But there are fears – Gentrification is the word on many lips. As bulldozers move onto Denmark Street and the last live music venue closes on London’s Tin Pan Alley.Now it’s time to reverse the trend. Aligned with the Mayor’s #SoundsLikeLondon event taking place throughout June and as part of Music Venue Trust’s Fightback London campaign to support independent venues, I was delighted to be invited by TALENTBANQ Music Agency to participate in opening The Soho Music Festival : A one day celebration of independent music and musicians to be held at one of Soho’s most famous addresses. A festival that is designed to grow over the next three years to bring back music to basements, small rooms and rooftops in the bohemian district flanked by Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.TALENTBANQ has programmed 12 hours of live music to take place in The Salon Noir, Salon Vert and The Library at L’Escargot on Greek Street. Heralded as one of the capitals finest French restaurants, its upstairs rooms whisper the stories of times gone-by and provide exquisitely intimate spaces to discover new music.From 11am to 11pm L’Escargot will be host to no less than 10 red hot, breaking acts – each chosen for their ability to deliver exceptional live performance. Uniquely the day will be divided into three sessions, where the audience moves from room to room.

The artistic line up ranges from Classical Crossover Piano , through Tango, to UK County , Swing, Rock and possibly the wildest Celtic harp ever to grace a stage. All this plus of course an after-party because in Soho when the music stops, the music starts!

Naturally there’s a chance to eat some very fine food and thanks to sponsors Casanova and D1 the afternoon session is preceded by an ice cold glass of Casanova Prosecco, and the evening session with a long D1 London Gin cocktail.

To read all the nitty gritty details of the day and to book your tickets please visit Talentbanq website . I can tell you that my set will start in the morning as I will be one of the few musicians opening the Festival at 11am. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Love,
GéNIA
xxx

Screening of 22:22

'Tom bubbles wider medium' from the film 22:22

Following GéNIA’s debut as a voice-over artist, as well as her performance on the soundtrack for the film 22:22, there will be a screening of the film at Rio Cinema, Dalston, London on the 22nd April at 4pm. This short film was made by the British director Charlotte Ginsborg, with music by Gabriel Prokofiev and choreography by Kirill Burlov. GéNIA enjoyed her collaboration with the director, choreographer and dancers, and especially with the composer Gabriel Prokofiev, continuing their creative collaboration, which has been going for many years now. GéNIA also enjoyed the role of voice-over artist for the film, telling the story behind the scenes during the whole movie, as it brought back memories of the times  when she performed as an actor in her native Ukraine.

Synopsis

22:22 paints a vivid portrait of Tom Sietas, a world record holder in static apnea, (holding one’s breath underwater). His record stands at a phenomenal 22 minutes 22 seconds. The film combines evocative underwater photography of a record attempt with a contemporary dance performed to a live piano score that were devised for the film. As the tension of the record attempt mounts the story that links the two activities is revealed through the pianist’s live narration. The film interweaves documentary and fiction to reveal what drives Tom to push his body to such extraordinary physical extremes. For Tom, to deny breath is to ultimately find life.

Tickets can be obtained here 

 

 

GéNIA’s performance for Sofar Sounds

GéNIA warming up at Sofar Sounds

GéNIA was delighted to be invited to perform for Sofar Sounds last month, the organisation which runs a series of  concerts set up in secret locations in over 387 cities all over the world.

The beautiful location at GéNIA’s concert provided a breathtaking view, beautiful Steinway grand piano and a wonderful audience.

GéNIA at Sofar Sounds

GéNIA was presenting the works from her forthcoming album ‘Babylon’ and chatting with her audience.

We highly recommend for you to check out this organisation as it is a great way to discover new artist and places. Here is Sofar Sounds website. Enjoy!

 

 

 

GéNIA’s new single ‘Babylon’ is due for worldwide release on the 13 September 2017

GéNIA’s next single ‘Babylon’ is due to be released on the 13th September worldwide.
To celebrate this, GéNIA will be performing at Caffè Nero BBC Broadcasting House as part of ‘Get Loud’ Campaign for Nordoff Robbins Charity on that day. The show will start at midday, presented by BBC Radio London’s eminent Jo Good, and kindly sponsored by Yamaha.

The name ‘Babylon’ was chosen as a reference  to the advanced ancient civilisation which was repeatedly challenged by being regularly attacked and almost destroyed; however, many times it managed to rebuild itself, each time to a higher level.

GéNIA is hoping that by looking back into the past, her audience can link that period to the challenging times our society is currently experiencing. The single is already available for pre-order and  is a track from her new album ‘Babylon’ which is due to be released later this autumn.



Recorded in the famous pop studio Sleeper Sounds, the recording home for Robbie Williams, Oli Murs and Casabian to name just a few, on their lovely Steinway piano, GéNIA worked with the most wonderful team, starting with six-times Emmy nominee and two time BAFTA winner, executive producer Nigel Heath, producer Hayden Parsey, sound engineer Billy Halliday, pre-mastering team Nigel Heath, Brad Rees and James Ryan with mastering by Cicely Balson at Air Studios, London.

‘Babylon’ will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Google player, Spotify & Diesel, as well as on many other streaming channels.

You can already pre-view the track on iTunes and hear it live at GéNIA’s show at the BBC Caffè Nero on Wednesday on the 13th at midday. The entrance is free. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Premiere of 22:22 at BFI London: a short film by Charlotte Ginsborg, with GéNIA’s debut as a voice over artist as well as pianist

Still from 22:22

22:22 was commissioned by FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network) and directed by British film director Charlotte Ginsborg with music written for a film by Gabriel Prokofiev and performed by GéNIA combined with the choreography by the Russian choreographer Kirill Burlov. This is also GéNIA’s debut as a voice over artist.

Still from 22:22

The film ’22:22′ paints a vivid portrait of Tom Sietas, a world record in Static Apnea, the ability to hold ones breath under water. The film interweaves underwater photography of the record attempt with a contemporary dance performed to a live piano score. As the tension of the record attempt mounts, the story that links the two activities is revealed through the pianist’s live narration. The film interweaves documentary and fiction to reveal what drives Tom to push his body to such physical extremes; for Tom to deny breath is to find life.

’22:22′ will be shown as part of London Film Festival 2017  with the Premiere on the 14th of October 2017 at the BFI (British Film Institute) at 6:30 pm.

Tickets will go on sale on the 14th of September 2017. Please visit BFI website for booking.

GéNIA performing the music by Gabriel Prokofiev Still from 22:22

 

 

GéNIA’s performance at Caffe Nero BBC on ‘Get Loud’ Nordoff Robbins National Charity Day

Performing her signature minimalist sounds interspersed with Russian romance, pianist GéNIA will perform on the 13th of September at Caffè Nero – ‘Get Loud’ campaign – in support of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ annual awareness day. She has also chosen this day to release her new single ‘Babylon’ worldwide. At the end of her show, GéNIA will be signing her albums.

GéNIA’s music has been played on BBC, Classic FM and in all Caffè Nero coffee houses as feature Artist of the Month.

Once again she’ll feature in Caffè Nero, but this time as part of the most ambitious music project yet – Get Loud. GéNIA will be one of hundreds of artists performing at midday on September 13 in Caffè Nero coffee houses across the UK.

Nordoff Robbins uses the power of music to raise awareness of their incredible music therapy services, which change the lives of thousands of vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.

On Wednesday 13 September, Caffè Nero will host hundreds of in-store acoustic ‘Get Loud Coffee Shop Session’ performances simultaneously at midday.

This is surely a not to be missed opportunity to buy one of GéNIA’s album and talk to the pianist!

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