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Alexander Balanescu

Alexander Balanescu, violinist, composer and visual artist was born in Romania, raised in Israel and studied violin at London’s Trinity College of Music and the Julliard school in New York. He returned to London where he worked and cooperated with many of the major contemporary music groups. With his Balanescu Quartet he has acquired a reputation as one of the world’s leading contemporary artist. His quartet has commissioned over 25 works to date beginning with Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Kevin Volans and Balanescu himself, before going on to include the non-classical writers John Lurie, David Byrne, Keith Tippett, Carla Bley, Rabih Abou Khalil, Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Ornette Coleman, Peter Greenaway, David Byrne, the Pet Shop Boys, Spiritualized, Kate Bush and Kraftwerk. Collaborations as a composer/performer include in dance with Merryl Tankard, Pina Bausch, Rosemary Lee, Suzy Blok, Johann Ulrich, Phillipe Saire and Virgilio Sieni and in Theatre Productions at Theatre de la Place, Liege, Belgrade State Theatre, Cabaret Dromesko, Rennes, and Watford Palace Theatre. Balanescu’s credits as a composer of film and TV music include the feature films Angels and Insects, Le Poulpe, Il Partigiano Johnny and Eisenstein, (TV) documentaries Dancing through Darkness and Spinoza and over 20 animated films… Alexander Balanescu is considered as one of the most visionary and exciting violinists of our time.

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Claudio Cojaniz Coj & Second Time: Molineddu (Les Lieux Magiques)

Read "Molineddu (Les Lieux Magiques)" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


La “seconda volta" di Claudio Cojaniz prosegue sui toni lirici, ispirati alle musiche del mondo, che avevano caratterizzato i suoi precedenti lavori, il primo CD della formazione e lo spettacolo con ospite Alexander Balanescu (clicca qui per leggerne le recensioni). La formazione, affiatatissma, lavora in modo estremamente sinergico, tanto che di brano in brano i protagonisti ...

Article: Live Review

Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival 2018

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival 2018" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival Cormons, Collio friulano e Brda slovena Teatro Comunale, varie sedi in cantine e sale 24-28.10.2018 Superato lo scorso anno il traguardo delle venti edizioni, il Jazz&Wine of Peace 2018 non ha abbassato l'asticella, proseguendo nel suo progetto che coniuga altissimo livello dei concerti, varietà stilistica ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Due facce del Second Time di Claudio Cojaniz

Read "Due facce del Second Time di Claudio Cojaniz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sviluppando la sua ricerca sulla musica africana, che aveva già prodotto Blue Africa in duo con Franco Feruglio, e il lavoro su ensemble complessi che lo aveva condotto al progetto (per ora inedito) Hispanish & Blue Songs, il pianista e compositore Claudio Cojaniz realizza questi due lavori editi da Caligola, uno su CD e l'altro su ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

La creatività di Zlatko Kaučič

Read "La creatività di Zlatko Kaučič" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sta vivendo un periodo di particolare grazia creativa il percussionista sloveno Zlatko Kaucic, che è uscito nel corso del 2016 con ben cinque album (di cui uno doppio) e ne ha in uscita altri due, mentre i suoi progetti originali si moltiplicano -dell'ultimo, Reflettiva!, andato in scena in apertura di San Vito Jazz 2017, parliamo in ...

Article: Live Review

Zlatko Kaučič Reflettiva! a San Vito Jazz 2017

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Zlatko Kaucic Reflettiva! San Vito Jazz 2017 Auditorium Comunale San Vito al Tagliamento 11.03.2017 Tagliato lo scorso anno il traguardo dei dieci anni di vita con un tris di concerti dal tutto esaurito, San Vito Jazz ha quest'anno alzato l'asticella spostandosi dal suggestivo ma poco capiente Teatro Arrigoni al ben ...

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Article: Album Review

Javier Girotto, Massimo De Mattia, Bruno Cesselli, Zlatko Kaučič: Il sogno di una cosa

Read "Il sogno di una cosa" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Fortunato prodotto di un'occasione -un concerto a Villa Occhialini a Villaorba di Basiliano, nei pressi di Udine -questo CD in realtà mette a frutto le durature collaborazioni tra i musicisti, mediate dalla presenza di Zlatko Kaučič, che con Bruno Cesselli e Massimo De Mattia porta avanti da anni un lavoro comune e che al tempo stesso ...

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Alexander Balanescu / Zlatko Kaucic / Javier Girotto: East West Daydreams

Read "East West Daydreams" reviewed by Budd Kopman


East West Daydreams is one of those recordings that grabs one's attention immediately, only to be quickly and completely overwhelmed by the musicianship, drama and intensity of the music. The trio of violinist Alexander Balanescu, percussionist Zlatko Kaucic and Javier Girotto on woodwinds have collected five live recordings from a number of years ago ...

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Enten Eller: trentennale con disco (doppio?)

Read "Enten Eller: trentennale con disco (doppio?)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


C'è una storia che comincia nel 1986 e prende il nome dai sacri testi kierkegaardiani: trattasi di Enten Eller, oggi (e ormai da vent'anni) un quartetto ben definito, con Alberto Mandarini alla tromba, Maurizio Brunod alla chitarra, Giovanni Maier al contrabbasso e Massimo Barbiero alla batteria, ma dopo aggiustamenti che di fatto hanno occupato il primo ...

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Article: Interview

Alexander Balanescu: The Aggressive Lyricism

Read "Alexander Balanescu: The Aggressive Lyricism" reviewed by Adriana Carcu


Alexander Balanescu, the London-based violinist of Romanian origin, leads the avant- garde string quartet Balanescu Quartet, formed in 1987. Before that, Balanescu was part of the Michael Nyman Ensemble and Arditti Quartet. Ever since he has worked closely with artists of various musical orientations such as saxophonist John Lurie, singer David Byrne, pianists Keith Tippett and ...


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