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Avi Avital

"The words “superstar” and “mandolinist” still look odd next to each other. Yet in the classical world they are starting to be joined with some frequency… Avi Avital was nothing short of electric.”

 — The New York Times

 

The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital has been compared to Andres Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity.  Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 100 contemporary compositions have been written for him, 15 of them concertos including by Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman and Giovanni Sollima. 

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The Between Worlds Ensemble

Avi Avital founded the Between Worlds Ensemble in 2014.

 

It consists of 10 musicians including Avi, Simos Papanas (concertmaster), and Itamar Doari (percussion) and who are all based in Europe.

 

The overall formation consists of the mandolin (Avi Avital), harp, flute, clarinet, violin X2, viola, cello, double bass, and percussion. Depending on the programme, there may be some changes of instrumentation. 

 

The BWE embrace and extend their classical traditions and bring new borderless dimensions of music-making. They bring their expertise and distinctive styles to the project. 

This is the BWE’s second project. They will be discovering and extending their knowledge and experiences during their musical interaction with the folk soloist(s) or groups and vice versa for the folk musicians. 

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featured folk soloist or groups

Each programme will feature folk masters.

 

They are invited from their geographical region and are celebrated for representing their culture, music and art. 


For 2022/23 season programmes:

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Iberia

Rocío Márquez
Miguel Ángel Cortés

Lauded by the press as “the voice of a new generation of cante jondo singers”, Rocío Márquez (Huelva, 1985) has been carving out a solid artistic career for over a decade, ever since she won the Lámpara Minera Award at the Cante de las Minas Festival in 2008. Today, she is a leading light of the flamenco scene.

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Black Sea

Rustavi Ensemble

The Rustavi Ensemble is a Georgian folk music ensemble that was created in 1968 by Anzor Erkomaishvili, a singer and folklorist from a distinguished Georgian musical lineage that goes back seven generations. Since its formation, Rustavi has successfully toured more than 50 countries of the world. Songs and dances for work and war, spectacular costumes, elaborate choreography, the unique Georgian style of polyphonic singing and rich voices characterize the Rustavi Choir.

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Italy 

Alessia Tondo

Alessia Tondo is one of the most important voices in the music scene in the Apulia region. Born in 1991, she was already singing at six-years-old alongside her grand-mother Immaculata in the Salentino band Mera Menhir. She has been a guest at some important contemporary festivals in Italy and various TV shows.

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The folk masters for 2023/24 season programmes will be announced shortly