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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 Platformhere
‘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.’
Iva Bittová ‘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.
With this second work, Beata Hlavenková was truly playful. She approached it with a motherly care, retaining consistent precision while preserving its light touch and ease. I am sure it will be even more impressive to hear her second album live.’
Veronika Vlachová, kulturissimo.cz
‘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.
‘Pianist Robert Mitchell is one of those musicians’ musicians who leave your jaw on the ground’
Doors open at 8 pm
Tickets: £8.00/£5.00 (students+unemployed) + £0.80 booking fee