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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

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!

Book Tickets to GéNIA’s Show

Recently GéNIA was invited to London Live News TV Channel to talk about her new album ‘Babylon’ and her show

Pianist & Composer GéNIA on London Live TV Channel

Recently GéNIA was invited by London News TV Channel to talk about her new album ‘Babylon’ which was released on the 29 March 2019 and her sold out show in Shoreditch.

Half an hour before going to the studio, GéNIA’s new London show on the 9th of May was confirmed and she was delighted that she could mention it in the programme.

To watch GéNIA’s interview please follow the link.

To book tickets to GéNIA’s next show at The Other Palace in London on the 9th of May, please click here.

GéNIA has been nominated for the Future Classic Women Awards by the Women’s Radio Station

Recently GéNIA has been nominated for & became a finalist in the Future Classic Women Awards by Women’s Radio Station.  It happened as she gave an extensive interview to the wonderful charismatic host, who is also a concert pianist and a voting member of the Recording Academy/Grammy’s, Stefania Passamonte.  

They talked  about many things: GéNIA’s new album Babylon, her family history, the current education system, politics (yes, this was also in the conversation!)  and some of the funny moments in GéNIA’scareer.

There are many other amazing women musicians who have been nominated, and, seriously speaking, we truly believe that it is almost impossible to compare original artists, as every talent is unique and this is what makes us all special.

However, if you would like to hear the show and also help GéNIA to win, please listen and share  the recording of the interview from the Sound Cloud below, as the winner will be determined by the amount of plays each interview has received. 

You can also nominate your winner by writing to Stefania Passamonte, Women’s Radio Station, 16 Jermyn Street, St James, London, SW1Y 6ST or tweet your nomination to https://twitter.com/@womensradiostn.

Your support is invaluable to GéNIA. Thank you!

Listen to GéNIA’s Soundcloud Interview to Women’s Radio StationHere

New Show is Announced! GéNIA: Babylon

The tickets will go on sale for general public on the 1st April 2019 here

Described by The Times as ‘an outstanding musician’, the Russian born composer and a concert pianist GéNIA has had to announce another show as a result of her sold out performance of ‘Babylon’ earlier this year. The show is celebrating the launch of GéNIA’s new album ‘Babylon’, which is released on the 29 March as a musical reference to the historical period during which the glowing Babylon region progressed to the most advanced level, only to be destroyed by its own residents, those who wish to listen to the album can use the Youtube to Mp3 to download the songs.

By drawing attention to the past, GéNIA hopes that her audience will become more aware of the parallels to events which our society is going through today, in order to prevent the decline of its current highly advanced state.

Two of the pieces from the album enjoyed placements in the critically acclaimed BBC America TV Series ‘Killing Eve’ and the popular British TV Series ‘Cold Feet’.

Acknowledging her cultural inheritance, GéNIA would also like to include in the concert some of the popular classical works which influenced her as a composer, as she strongly believes that beautiful music is always currant, and there is no need to separate classical and contemporary genres for her audience.

An enigma in the music world, GéNIA loves to blur the boundaries between classical and popular music. Her music has been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, BBC Radio London 94.9 and BBC Proms, with London performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Olympia, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields, to name just a few.

Date: 9 May 2019/ Time 8:00pm Address: The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA Tickets: £20.00 booked via the venue

GéNIA at her show ‘Babylon and its influences’ on the 21 March 2019. Photo by Maurice Sparrow.

GéNIA in the Media

GéNIA on London Live TV
26 March 2019

It has been a very busy month for GéNIA as she was promoting her new album ‘Babylon’ and was invited to various Radio and TV stations to talk about its creation and the concept. The world-wide release of the album will happen on the on the 29th March 2019.

We will shortly post GéNIA’s interviews from Talk Radio, BBC London Radio, Women’s Radio and London Live TV Channel as well as her interesting in-depth interview with the award-winning fashion designer Jose Hendo. Meanwhile here are the links to some snippets and episodes:

London Live TV Channel

Women’s Radio

10 am and 10 pm every day until the 31st of March, from the 1st of April on their Soundcloud Channel

GéNIA at the BBC London Radio 94.9 on Jo Good Show

Jo Good Show on BBC London 94.9

James Whales Show on Talk Radio

Interview with José Hendo

GéNIA wearing José Hendo garment for her concert at the Treehouse, Shoreditch 21 March 2019 with the designer and friends

GéNIA’s new album ‘Babylon’ is available on pre-order! Release 29/3/2019

GéNIA’s album is set to be released on the 29 March 2019 world-wide. It will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and many other digital channels world-wide. However, it is already available for pre-order on iTunes. Enjoy!

GéNIA’s show on the 21 March is sold out, but do not despair!

GéNIA’s show ‘Babylon and its influences’ on the 21 March sold out very quickly. However due to the long waiting list, she decided to set up another show so all her fans can hear her play!

She is hoping to announce the new date within the next few days. If you would like to come, please sign up to her newsletter and you will be amongst the first few to know or follow this link and join the Eventbrite waiting list!

GéNIA announces her new album ‘Babylon’

GéNIA Returns from Paris

I am very happy to share with you the news about my new album ‘Babylon. I have been working on the album for the past two years and the whole process of creation took me through the most incredible journey and brought the most wonderful people into my life.

GéNIA Returns from Paris The name ‘Babylon’ was chosen as a reference to the history, to the past where the Babylon region progressed to the most advanced level during various periods, developing culture, art, science, architecture, commerce and other disciplines, but unfortunately it kept being attacked and finally was destroyed. All the wonders of the Hanging Gardens, which were proclaimed to be one of the seven wonders of the world, the reputation of the region as the highest centre of learning and scientific advancement as well as a highly successful commercial centre, were demolished.

I hope that by drawing my attention to the past, people will become more aware of the processes that we are going through in our society today.

I am immensely grateful to those who made the whole process possible:

The executive producer of the album, the sound engineer Nigel Heath (two-time BAFTA winner and six-time Emmy nominee, who worked on the projects for Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Bjork and contributed to the sounds on Harry Porter and Downtown Abbey to name a few).

GéNIA Returns from Paris My longstanding music producer Hayden Parsey whose collaborations include work with Mick Jones, Pink Floyd, the ICA and the Victoria Miro Gallery.

Incredible sound engineers: Billy Halliday and pre-mastering engineers Brad Rees and James Ryan, mastering engineer Cicely Balston at the award winning AIR Studios, London (home of recordings of Adele and Steve Reich, Liam Gallagher as well as music for the films the Pirates of the Caribbean films and Life of Pi to name just a few).

The piano which was used for the recording is a Steinway Concert Grand (which according to the rumours used to belong to my great grand uncle Vladimir Horowitz, but those haven’t been confirmed) with the sound that I really like, old and soulful like old American Steinways could be. Sleeper Sounds studio, owned by Guy Chambers, where I recorded the project, provided an intimate and personal feel that was simply beautiful.

GéNIA Returns from Paris The main picture was taken by the celebrity photographer Maurice Sparrow and the design of the album was created by the Italian artist Stefano Terranova. Finally the dress was specially made by the award-winning designer José Hendo.

I am very grateful to my team and many other people, friends and colleagues, who supported me on this journey.

The official worldwide release is scheduled for 23rd March 2018. To thank my extra dedicated, core fans for their loyalty over the years, I am offering them the chance to acquire the album early by releasing 300 copies before it is available commercially, as a special festive thank you to my audience!

If you’d like to purchase the album, please let me know if you would prefer it to be signed and to whom. In the light of the festive period, we have made various purchasing options available if you wish to give the album as a gift to your friends and family.

With love,

GéNIA

Tracklist

1. Odysseus

2. Clean Slate

3. Synergy

4. Aristeaus

5. Athena

6. The Day After

7. Rupture

8. Midnight Dream

9. Gaia

10. Aphrodite

11. Babylon

12. Farewell

 

The album will be available for purchase from the 30th November 2017 from this page.

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!

 

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