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Music of Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Hungary and Spain
Sun, April 9, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
HOUSE OF MANY WINDOWS
presenting music of Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Hungary and Spain seen through new and unexpected windows
Miroslav Tadić (guitarist) and Yvette Holzwarth (violinist) play together as House of Many Windows. Their music is a celebration of very human elements in music – honoring intuitive intelligence and spirit as well as a tactile playfulness. With fingers on strings pulling resonance from wooden bodies, this is a cozy dialogue – a wordless conversation using the language of expressive inflections, dynamics, and rhythms. Using Balkan music as the framework for most pieces, each musician supplements improvisation drawn from their own rich histories of listening and playing music from many different worlds – providing windows into classical music, Arabic, Flamenco, Brazilian, sonic experimentation, and a door into their unique musical playground.
Guitarist, composer and improviser Miroslav Tadic completed his formal music education in the United States after studying in Italy and his native Yugoslavia.
He has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and musical styles, ranging from music of the Baroque and Classical periods to Blues, Jazz, Rock and World music. Tadic's performing and recording credits include projects with Mark Nauseef, The Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo, London Symphony Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Symphony, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo, Howard Levy, Joachim Kühn, L. Shankar, Markus Stockhausen, Dusan Bogdanovic, Vlatko Stefanovski, Teofilovic Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith, David Torn, Maria João, Jack Bruce, The Grandmothers of Invention, Theodosii Spassov, Kudsi Erguner, Djivan Gasparyan, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Ustad Ashish Khan, among others.
Tadic has recorded worldwide and his music can be heard on CMP Records, M–A Recordings, Third Ear, Avalon, Croatia Records, ENJA, Nine Winds and Sony/BMG. He performs regularly in Europe, North and South America and Japan.
In recent years Tadic has concentrated on developing an approach to improvisation which combines and juxtaposes musical material drawn from many diverse sources, including Baroque, European classical and North Indian classical music, Flamenco, Eastern European folk traditions, Blues, Jazz, and Rock.
He has composed solo and chamber music which is published by Les Editions Doberman-Yppan. Tadic has written music for numerous experimental film, dance and theatre works and most recently completed music for Croatian feature film “Seventy Two Days” by Danilo Serbedzija.
Since 1985 he has been a professor at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth is a violinist, vocalist, and composer based in Los Angeles.
Raised in the SF Bay Area, Yvette began her classical training on violin at the age of three. She has greatly expanded her range of styles to include Hungarian and Balkan folk, Arabic, Americana, experimental contemporary music, improvisation, and songwriting. She holds an M.F.A. in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.A. in American Literature from UCLA.
As a violinist, Yvette has performed with orchestras in prestigious venues from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Royal Opera House in Oman. She has enjoyed playing violin for many independent artists, singer-songwriters, bands, film scores, and new music composers — including Kamasi Washington, Van Dyke Parks, MESTO, Anenon, Dent May, Ana Caravelle, RYAT, Owl Country, venus-jupiter, and more. She currently performs in a duo House of Many Windows with guitarist Miroslav Tadić playing Balkan music and their original compositions and improvisations.
As a composer, her works have been performed by SF Civic Orchestra, Bay Area’s Awesöme Orchestra, CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Desert Quill Quartet. She has designed sound for theatre productions such as Antigonick and How Little I Know (original work) produced by the Scatterstate Theater in San Jose, CA; collaborated with dancers from Heidi Duckler Dance Theater; and co-written pieces with poets and spoken word artists.
Yvette leads her own 9-piece chamber pop and storytelling group Yvette Cornelia & the Treehouse for which she arranges her original music. Her ensemble has been featured at the Troubadour and CalArts New Works Festival and is currently working on an album. Her earlier songs can be heard on her 2013 EP release Open It Up.