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SCRIABIN SONATAS Reimagined, Part I (Zurich)

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Musikzentrum Kammermusiksaal I

6 Florhofgasse

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JUNE 1: ST.GALLEN

JUNE 8: ZURICH

JUNE 15: GENEVA

JUNE 26: LUCERNE (GALA)


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ABOUT THE PROJECT

One of the most crucial tasks for artists is communication to the public on contemporary sociological and environmental issues. Sometimes viewing a piece of art can leave a profoundly intense impact on the audience and evoke their interest towards a certain matter, which they might have never thought about before.

This Intertwining Arts project is a blend of live piano performance of the first five Piano Sonatas by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) and a simultaneous projection of artistic video collages, with the Planet Earth and humanity's impact on it as the main subject matter. It is planned to be premiered in Switzerland, in June of 2018.

The project will focus on artistically displaying two main themes: the beauty and power of Earth, the generous planet, which is the home to all of us, opposed to the results of the human activity during the last 100-150 years, which has been drastically changing the environment; since the industrial revolution gradually lead to such a development of technology, which in turn created unretractable outcomes. This includes pollution, waste, climate change, lack of drinking water in certain parts of the planet, and many other problems. It concerns all and each of us and none would be able to avoid the consequences at a certain point in time. It is impossible for any thinking person not to notice these changes and to disregard this issue. Intertwining Arts aims to bring up this subject and figuratively speak about it from the stage by the means of live music and video projection.

The first four Sonatas will concentrate on the four natural elements: the Fire, the Water, the Earth, and the Air. The Fifth Sonata will blend the elements of the preceding four in a way, with the add-ons of effects representing electiricy, outer space, surreal imagery, and several other visuals connected to the planet and the humanity. The project will emphasize the destructive aspect, in order to sharpen the awareness and encourage the public to pay more attention to the place we all live in, by diminishing each individual's negative input into this situation.

The project team's goals are exploration of the topic and enlightenment of the audience by means of a vivid creative presentation with a professional performance uniting two art genres.



ARTISTS


Elina Akselrud (piano)

The founder and artistic director of Intertwining Arts, as well as the lead artist of all its crossover projects is a Ukrainian-American classical pianist and fine art photographer. Elina made her orchestra debut at the age of eight, studying at Kiev Special Music School with Irina Lipatova and Irina Barinova. She is a prize winner of international piano competitions, such as Chopin on Thousand Islands'10, USA (1st Prize), Chopin in Hartford'12, USA (1st Prize), Midwest'14 in IA, U.S.A (2nd Prize), Chopin in Canberra'14, Australia (3rd Prize) and others. Elina has performed throughout Europe, Australia, and USA; she appeared with orchestras, such as the Ukrainian National Orchestra, the Kaufman Center Orchestra, NEC Symphony, and Lucerne Symphony, among others.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Music Degree/honors, Piano Performance (Mannes School of Music, New York City, USA; with Irina Morozova)
  • Master of Music Degree/honors, Piano Performance (New England Conservatory, Boston, USA; with Alexander Korsantia)
  • Master of Music Major Solo Performance (Hochschule Luzern - Musik, Lucerne, Switzerland; with Konstantin Lifschitz)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Piano Performance (Scuola di Musia di Fiesole, Florence, Italy; with Eliso Virsaladze)



Arletta Elst (artistic videocollages)

The creator of the Project video collages was born in Kraków (Poland) and currently resides in the Netherlands. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Media Art in 2009 at AKI Academy for Visual Art and Design in Enschede. She works in disciplines such as media art, mixed media, photography and video art. Light, time, mirror, projection and God are characteristic themes depicted in the artist’s work, mostly projections and installations.

"Images are illusions as mirroring is never a true picture of reality."

"Our perception is inseparable from the media that makes observing possible, such as a photo camera, the eye, a mirror. Projection is a form that I regularly use in my artworks in different ways. Light is essential in my work. Caught, tamed, guided by various media and devices that I sometimes build myself. The result is always a combination of the dimensions of time and movement. An image is created by painting with light in time."



SUPPORT

We are grateful to the following foundations that are supporting this project:

  • Monika Widmer Stiftung
  • Susanne und Martin Knechtli-Kradolfer-Stiftung
  • StockArt - Stiftung für Musik
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