Pioneering Commission Explores Sound and Space as Aerialist and Musicans Join Forces in the UBS Souncscapes

Thursday 3 February, London Symphony Orchestra St Luke’s, 8pm

The relationship between sound and space is explored on 3 February when LSO St Luke’s hosts a pioneering new UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica commission in which world-class aerialist Gisele Edwards collaborates with violinist Alexander Balanescu and accordionist Evelina Petrova. The three artists will work together with director Emma Bernard to fuse music and acrobatic movement providing an impressive display for both the eyes and the ears.

In addition to this exciting new work, the evening will include performances of existing repertoire by Alexander and Evelina including material from their acclaimed Upside Down album, which effortlessly blends Russian folk with jazz improvisation and classical music with an overall Eastern European flavour.

Gisele Edwards has collaborated with a range of theatre and circus companies and artists including Simon McBurney/Théâtre de Complicité and Akram Khan/Nitin Sawhney. In an extraordinarily diverse career Alexander Balanescu has worked with artists including Michael Nyman, choreographer Pina Bausch, and bands Spiritualized and the Pet Shop Boys. Evelina Petrova has worked with a number of musicians and artists and notably with acclaimed Russian theatre company Theater Derevo. Amongst a number of high-profile collaborations, Emma Bernard has worked extensively with the award-winning Streetwise Opera and their most recent piece, Fables, which was premiered at the Spitalfields Festival last year, was received to outstanding critical acclaim.

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