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Sounds for Ukraine


9 September 2022

19:30

Full Price £10, Concession £5

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Sounds for Ukraine is a Fundraising music concertthat is providing financial aid for an educational theatre organisation NGO Molotok in Transcarpathia in Ukraine. 

The international team of the event involves both professional concert pianists and talented amateurs - students and alumni of the Central Saint Martins university. 

A varied program encompasses romanticist and impressionist pieces by the celebrated Western composers, Ukrainian classical music, works composed by our participants inspired by Ukrainian academic and folk music, and an acoustic performance reflecting current political environment. 

Music has different effects - it brings pleasure and comfort, but it also disturbs and calls for action. It is an indirect form of communication, which allows us to embody emotions in the most precise and tangible way. Yet we would like to challenge the traditional format of a music concert, by giving a platform for musicians to verbalise a feeling they put in their music, reveal approaches and share insights which usually remain unseen to the viewer. 

About NGO Molotok:After the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation the organisation is sheltering and providing trauma work for the internally displaced people (mostly children). More information:https://donorbox.org/molotok-ngo

Program:

Tomislav Fras

WYMOI 1,

WYMOI 2,

Acclimation

(original compositions)

Andrey Novikov

Nils Frahm - On our roof,

Mystery Piece

(original compositions)

Julia-Anna Simonchuk 

Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu in 

C minor, Op.66, WN 46

Debussy -  Suite bergamasque, 

3rd movement, Claire de Lune

Olga Stezhko

Bach - Adagio from Toccata E minor BWV 914

Chopin - Nocturne E major Op 62, no 2

Silvestrov - Nostalgia

Christopher Faulkner

Improvisations in homage to Volodymyr Horowitz

Olga Paliy 

Kosenko - Gavotte from 11 Etudes in the 

form of Old Dances

Shamo - Dance from Ukrainian suite

Barvisky - preludes

Zeus Li

Treat every year as a century

(audial performance from the author)

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Please note there are no public toilets on site, the nearest are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.

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Biographies

Julia-Anna Simonchuk

Performer, Concert Organiser

Julia is a CSM Fine Art student, originally from Kyiv, Ukraine. In her art practice she explores ideas around cultural identity, historical memory and time through monuments and architecture in Eastern Europe. She is using collective and personal memory, examining the notions of power, discipline and upbringing with culturally-specific phenomena and converting them into object-based metaphors. Julia is working with various media, including sculpture, collage, installation, dance and performance. She has experience in participating in cultural, theatrical and visual art events (e.g. Gogolfest, ProEnglish Theatre) and collaborative performative projects with Studio Wayne McGregor and the National  Gallery. Alongside visual art Julia practices piano as an amateur. From an early age she was taking classes from performing pianists and tutors Julia Vash and Natalia Tolmacheva.

Olga Paliy

Performer

Olga Paliy, originally from Chernihiv in Ukraine, is a London-based pianist successfully combining performance, research and teaching in her musical career.Giving her first solo recital at the age of thirteen Olga received her musical education in Ukraine and the UK.As well as around UK and Ukraine, her concert career has taken her to Hungary and Czech Republic, to Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain – and to Australia.

​Off stage, Olga researches in music, lectures both children and adults, creates study days and gives masterclasses. Since 2016 Olga is a jury member of the Riga International Competition for Young Pianists, held annually in Latvia. As Artistic Trustee she co-drives the British charity IMPEF – International Music in Performance & Education Foundation.

Olga Stezhko 

Performer

Acclaimed by Classical Source in a Wigmore Hall review as ‘a supremely delicate master of her instrument’ who possesses ‘an extraordinary presence’, award-winning pianist Olga Stezhko has performed worldwide from the Barbican Hall in London to Salle Cortot in Paris to the Carnegie Hall in New York City. Born in Minsk, she was educated in Belarus, Italy and the UK where she completed her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music.

Olga’s debut album ‘Eta Carinae’ combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni and was hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as ‘an outstanding debut’. Her second all-Debussy album ‘Et la lune descend’ received unanimous critical acclaim in the publications including International Piano Magazine and BBC Music Magazine.  

Tomislav Fras

Performer

Tomislav is Croatian/British interdisciplinary artist with a focus on developing emotive performances for Virtual Reality. My work includes set design, musical composition, writing for screen, theatre and VR, acting, digital art and VFX. I use Blender for my 3D sculpting and animation, and Unreal Engine 4 for VR development

Andrey Novikov

Performer

Andrey is a performing musician, composer and data scientist and is classically trained in Music Theory. His main project is respair (@_respair_) - a hypnotic blend of jazz and electronic music. He writes music and designs soundscapes for film, immersive theatre performances, exhibitions and art projects - including for interactive art installations commissioned by Nowhere Festival, Noisily, Birmingham International Dance Festival, LightNight Leeds and Lightwaves Manchester. Andrey wrote music for short films commissioned by Nowness, Dazed&Confused, Vogue. He plays piano and keyboards with a strong improvisation element and performed headline shows at Jazz Cafe and PizzaExperess jazz clubs and numerous performances at UK-based and international festivals. He is also part of No Such Thing collective creating site-specific multi-disciplinary improvisational performances. 

Zeus Li 

Performer

Zeus Li is a Chinese artist based in London. Second-year of study at Central Saint Martins Fine Art Department. She is a cross-media artist whose media includes installation, land art, video and performance etc. She has always been observing and capturing social phenomena. Based on her personal experience, ready-made products and daily scenarios are further expanded on the basis of their original functions, then transformed into concepts and elements that are used to explore the relationship between her and society.

Christopher Faulkner

Performer

​Christopher Faulkner is a self taught pianist who is currently studying Fine Art at CSM. He largely plays from ear, transcribing pieces visually as well as listening to many recordings and interpretations. As a self taught pianist, he plays because he loves this instrument. As well as this he also works closely with film, bring 16mm film together with his music. He also likes to work alongside dancers and other musicians for various performances largely where improvisation is involved.

Sounds for Ukraine

9 September 2022

19:30

Full Price £10, Concession £5

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