Category Archives: Composer Journeys

Composer journeys: Georgian London

Emigration has been a constant theme for musicians throughout history, with composers moving between countries and continents for a wide range of reasons. In our current concert series, we explore the journeys émigré composers have made through their musical output, whose sounds and atmospheres often reflect and have become associated with their life travels. As part of our blog series, Composer Journeys, we’ve been mapping out the journeys these émigré composers have made.

For our final concert of the series on Tuesday 16 June 2015, we explore the music of the many composers who fled to Georgian London for fame and fortune.  Continue reading Composer journeys: Georgian London

Composer Journeys – From Hollywood to New York

Emigration has been a constant theme for musicians throughout history, with composers moving between countries and continents for a wide range of reasons. In our current concert series, we explore the journeys émigré composers have made through their musical output, whose sounds and atmospheres often reflect and have become associated with their life travels. As part of our blog series, Composer Journeys, and in the weeks and months around our exciting ÉMIGRÉ concert series, we’ve been mapping out the journeys the émigré composers have made. For our third concert of the series, From Hollywood to New York on Saturday 2 May 2015, we explore the work of the many European composers who sought fame, fortune, or refuge in the USA at the end of the 19th and first half of the 20th century. Continue reading Composer Journeys – From Hollywood to New York

Composer Journeys – Ljova

Emigration has been a constant theme for musicians throughout history, with composers moving between countries and continents for a wide range of reasons. In our current concert series, we explore the journeys émigré composers have made through their musical output, whose sounds and atmospheres often reflect and have become associated with their life travels. As part of our blog series, Composer Journeys, and in the weeks and months around our exciting ÉMIGRÉ concert series, we’ve been mapping out the journeys the émigré composers have made.

For our second concert of the series, CLoSer: Ljova on 29 April 2015, we focus on the life and music of New York composer and musician, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin)A modern-day tale of immigration from Russia to the USA, Ljova’s musicians parents moved from Moscow to New York as communism fell in 1990. Ljova’s unique musical voice that combines classical music with Russian folk, jazz, Balkan Gypsy and Klezmer is very much indicative of his combined Russian and New York background.

Composer Journeys: Ljova. Ljova moved from Moscow to New York when he was young. His music is influenced from genres from all around the world.

 

To experience his sound, you can listen to our online playlist or just click one of his tracks below!

CLOSER: Émigré – Ljova 
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 7:30pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at www.cls.co.uk/cls-fiver) available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.

 

Composer Journeys – To and From Buenos Aires

Emigration has been a constant theme for musicians throughout history, with composers moving between countries and continents for a wide variety of reasons. In our upcoming concert series, EMIGRE, we explore the journeys these composers have made through their musical output, whose atmospheres and sounds often reflect and have become associated with their life travels.

For our first concert, To and From Buenos Aires on 25 February 2015, we focus on Argentinean tango. Since this art form’s conception in the bars and slums of Buenos Aires, the city has attracted composers from near and far for its particular cultural scene, as well as inspiring resident composers to share the wonder of the city with the rest of the globe. In this concert we explore three composers’ (familial) journeys to and from Buenos Aires and their individual takes on Tango’s sultry, melancholic rhythms and dance.

As part of our blog series, Composer Journeys, we’ve mapped out the journeys the émigré composers featured in this concert have made, including Piazzolla who left Buenos Aires in the 1950s to take tango music to New York and Paris, along with Golijov, whose family first escaped anti-semitic persecution in Romania to find a new life in Buenos Aires, before he moved to Israel and America later in life.

 

CLOSER: To and From Buenos Aires 
Wednesday 25 February 2015, 7:30pm
FREE tango taster from 6:45pm 
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at www.cls.co.uk/cls-fiver) available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.