An evening of original string music with two critically acclaimed string duos.
This exciting double-bill gig will take the audience on a listening journey through the sounds of Balladeste and Fran & Flora. With traces of Indian classical, contemporary minimalism, contemplative instrumental song, free improvisation, Klezmer and Transylvanian folk – each duo will perform a set of pieces from their albums to date.
About the Artists
Balladeste is a collaboration between violinist Preetha Narayanan and cellist Tara Franks. Exploring the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments, Balladeste creates a musical narrative that is both ancient yet contemporary, devotional whilst pastoral, writing original compositions that are vibrant, experimental, melodic and contemplative in quality. Listen here
Fran & Flora is a critically acclaimed and multi-award nominated experimental folk duo based in the UK comprised of Francesca Ter-Berg (cello/vocals) and Flora Curzon (violin/vocals). The duo’s unique sound stem from the modes and melodies of Klezmer, Transylvanian, Romanian, Greek and Armenian music, as well as drawing on archival recordings, free improvisation and use of electronics. Listen here
Part of Folk Weekend Oxford 2023