23 Jan 2016 20:00
International solo piano concert featuring Beata Hlavenková and Robert Mitchell
The Prague based pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková performs her latest album "Theodoros", dedicated to her second son Theodor Eli and composed over the course of one year, one composition per calendar month. Combining minimalism, French impressionism and modern jazz technique, Beata demonstrates a spellbinding appreciation of balance expressed through the neatness of her phrasing and the interweaving of melodic ideas.
|BEATA HLAVENKOVÁ (1978), Czech pianist, composer, arranger and producer, is widely
recognized as one of the most sought-after and genre free musicians.
She graduated in composition from the Janaček Conservatory in Ostrava
in 1998 and mastered in composition, jazz composition and arrangement at
the University of Massachusetts in 2004. Nominated for a Czech “Grammy Award” for her first album Joy for Joel
(2009), she won the award twice for her collaborative projects with Lenka Dusilova Eternal Seekers
(2008) and Baromantika (2011), winning The Best Czech Jazz and Blues Album of 2013
for her second independent project, Theodoros (Animal Music, 2013), which also received
top honours in the Concept Album category at the 14th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs).
Read an interview with Beata for Just A Platform here
'Beata is a huge talent and a woman I respect as an arranger, songwriter, and mother. I am sure that motherhood gives women in the artform an important dimension, providing her with another musical language. I greatly appreciate her work.'
'Every part seems complete, contemplated and
developed as if it came from the drawer of a world-renowned modern songwriter.
In her opus, Hlavenková, a brilliant pianist, magically fuses soft keystrokes
with thunderous, rumbling bursts.
'Theodoros is an album of
boundless musical invention. It never repeats itself, containing diverse, fresh
melodies and reaching beautiful and rare places. From the beginning to the end,
it is written with a confident hand, great erudition, and a knowledge of a
variety of compositional techniques.'
ROBERT MITCHELL has released eight albums, won awards in both the UK and Europe and has led his
band Panacea for 15yrs. Tonight features a mix of solo works, left hand only
playing and improvisation. Robert is a Steinway artist, and has worked with a
large number of artists in jazz, classical, soul, latin, imrov and hip hop
scenes – as well as grammy winners The Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Basement
Jaxx. His project – Invocation - has been performed with the
amazing BSC in Bournemouth (St Peters) and London (QEH) – and is in
preparation for recording (before a Polish debut in 2017). Robert recently
recorded with this trio and this currently being prepped for release. Robert
also currently works and tours with a fantastic array of artists – Brownswood signed
firebrand Dayme Arocena (from Cuba), soul genius Shaun Escoffery, young sax
great Tom Harrison and soon the superb French musician/composer Julian Lourau.
Doors open at 8 pm
Tickets: £8.00/£5.00 (students+unemployed) + £0.80 booking fee
APRILIOS - Beata Hlavenková - (album Theodoros 2013)
OCTOVRIOS - Beata Hlavenková - from the album Theodoros (2013)
NOEMVRIOS - Beata Hlavenková - from album Theodoros 2013
Doors open at 20:00 / Jazzlive at The Crypt, St. Giles Church, Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8JB
23 Jan 2016 20:00