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Alina Bzhezhinska

Alina is one of the most exciting and dynamic harpists based in the UK. Her imaginative programmes have established her reputation as a harpist of exceptional accomplishment. She has had the honour of playing at European Parliament, at the Queen’s 80th-birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle and at the King of Thailand’s birthday celebrations in Bangkok. Alina studied at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland (Masters in Arts), and The University of Arizona, USA (Masters in Music Performance). She has performed with many major European orchestras including the Young World Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera in Warsaw and the Scottish Opera

Album

Reflections

Label: BBE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Soul Vibrations; For Carrol; Fire; Reflections; Afro Blue; Alabama; African Flower; Paris Sur Le Toit (instrumental); Sans End; Action Line; Paris Sur Le Toit (rap and vocal); Meditation.

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Article: Live Review

Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Cosmic Music Tour

Read "Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Cosmic Music Tour" reviewed by Chris May


Ravi Coltrane QuartetBarbican Hall London October 11, 2022 London's go-to concert venue for high-grade international jazz in friendly and comfortable surroundings, the Barbican Centre is no stranger to celebrations of the music of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane. In autumn 2017, A Concert For Alice And John presented bands led ...

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Article: Album Review

Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Chris May


In an inspired piece of programming, London's Barbican Centre presented the then virtually unknown harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet as one of the support bands on its November 18, 2017 one-nighter A Concert for Alice and John, a show headlined by Pharoah Sanders. It would be an exaggeration to say Bzhezhinska stole the show (see ...

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Article: Album Review

Amanda Whiting: Lost In Abstraction

Read "Lost In Abstraction" reviewed by Peter Jones


The revival in the fortunes of the harp has been one of the more unexpected developments in jazz: Brandee Younger's 2021 album Somewhere Different made an impact on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, the instrument has been finding favor in the hands of both Tara Minton and Alina Bzhezhinska. Now Wales' very own ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

More Than 3 Tenors

Read "More Than 3 Tenors" reviewed by H William Stine


They were superstars on their own, iconic names who didn't need first names: Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti. The world loved them; and they loved the world -sometimes a little too literary. When they agreed to sing together, they went from superstars to superheroes: The Three Tenors. Three? Really? That's all it takes to be adored? I can ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gordon Grdina, Milton Man Gogh, & Jungle Debris

Read "Gordon Grdina, Milton Man Gogh, & Jungle Debris" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Vancouver guitarist and oud specialist Gordon Grdina decided starting his own label—Attaboygirl—was a necessary direction in which to head; he's released two very different recordings to start: the all solo, Pendulum, and Kloski with his quartet Square Peg which includes Mat Maneri, Christian Lillinger and Shahzad Ismaily. The Australian trio, Milton Man Gogh, is back with ...

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Article: Lyrics

La 23esima edizione di Jazz & Wine of Peace

Read "La 23esima edizione di Jazz & Wine of Peace" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


La pandemia e le misure precauzionali che ne sono conseguite non fermano il Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormòns, festival giunto alla ventitreesima edizione che, come gli scorsi anni, porta il pubblico in alcune delle più apprezzate cantine della zona per coniugare musica e gastronomia, entrambe di altissimo livello. Ma se sui vini del Collio ...

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Article: Live Review

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

Read "Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Ireland February 15, 2020 History owes Alice Coltrane much more than the moniker of “John Coltrane's wife." Alina Bzhezhinska makes the point early on to the Letterkenny audience, on this, the final night of her quartet's ten-date Irish tour. A fine, pianist, ...

Album

Inspiration

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Wisdom Eye; Blue Nile; Los Caballos; Spero; Annoying Semitones; Winter Moods; Following A Lovely Sky Boat; Lemky; After The Rain; Journey In Satchidananda.


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