„La Vida Breve“ – Benefizkonzert zugunsten von SeaWatch e.V.

„La Vida Breve, das kurze Leben“, unter diesem Titel und mit Werken von Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Nin, Astor Piazzolla und Radamés Gnattali lädt das Elliot Duo in der Besetzung Mareike Schünemann (Violoncello) und Russell Poyner (Gitarre) ein zu einer musikalischen Reise über das Mittelmeer bis hin nach Südamerika.

Das Benefizkonzert zugunsten von SeaWatch e.V. findet am Samstag, dem 26. August 2017, in der Galerie Handwerk statt und beginnt um 18.00 Uhr. Der Eintritt ist frei, um Spenden wird gebeten.

Weitere Infos: ralf@circus-maximus.org oder info@russellpoyner.com

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Circus Maximus, Handwerkskammer Koblenz, Jobelius Spirituosen, Kulturverlag Günther Schmitz & Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy.

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Elliot Duo in Denmark, Hallig Langeneß and Kassel

I’m very happy to announce that the Elliot Duo will be making their way northwards in August to perform in Denmark, with a concert on the way at Hallig Langeneß and a private-concert on the return journey in Kassel.

So if you happen to be in Hallig Langeneß or Nørre Nebel, Dänemark, do pop by, have a listen, and say hello.

12. August 2017: Konzert in Hallig Langeneß
Halligkirche auf Langeneß, Kirchwarft, 25863 Langeneß
20:00 Uhr

15. August 2017: Konzert in Dänemark
Lønne Kirke, Houstrupvej 151, 6830 Nørre Nebel, Dänemark
20:00 Uhr

Last week @ Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy 2017

It was a great pleasure and a privilege to play at this years Koblenz International Guitar Festival. It was an honour to share the stage with the wonderful Sabrina Vlaskalic and Tristan Angenendt, and an absolute joy to perform (and also rehearse) with the ladies of the fantastic Koblenz International Guitar Festival String Quartet. A big thank you to all of you, and of course Georg Schmitz and the Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy.
It was also nice to be introduced onto the stage by my old pal Nigel Boyle. I could get used to it.

P.S. And the best thing is I get to do it again at the end of August!

Thank you Kai Müller for the great photos!

 

Concert @ Koblenz International Guitar Festival 2017

I’m very excited to be playing at this years Koblenz International Guitar Festival. I’ll be performing the Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet Op. 143 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the Koblenz International Guitar Festival String Quartet. It’s also a pleasure to be sharing the stage with the wonderful Sabrina Vlaskalic and Tristan Angenendt.

Saturday 3 June, 03.30 pm at the Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Rheinsaal.

You can get tickets here – http://www.koblenzguitarfestival.de/de/ 

Concert & Masterclass @ Warwick School

Last month I had the great pleasure to give a concert and masterclass at Warwick School. It all took place in the new Warwick Hall, which was a great venue to perform in. It was a pleasure to listen to some fantastic playing from some very talented guitar students, it’s good to see such a healthy and active guitar department. A big thank you to my good friend David Storer, and all those at the school who helped with the organisation.

 

Home recording – Homenaje pour „Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy“ by Manuel de Falla.

After having not played this piece for quite a while, I’ve had to play it rather a lot over the last few weeks. It’s a piece I’ve played over many years, in exams, masterclasses, competitions, concerts, or just for the hell of it, and for me, it is still one of the finest pieces in our repertoire. If I’m totally honest, I just love playing it. Let’s not forget, that this was the piece that finally inspired Benjamin Britten to write his monumental „Nocturnal“ for solo guitar (if I’m not mistaken). Anyway, a little home recording – just for fun – of Homenaje pour „Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy“ by Manuel de Falla.

P.S. Please excuse the sound quality, it’s just a video camera, after all. I’m hoping there will be a professional sound recording (courtesy of sound Maestro Ole Muth) of this piece coming sometime in the not too distant future.

Rückblick: Elliot Duo @ Horizonte Festival 2016

Nach ein paar kleinen „Warm-Up“ Konzerten in Weißenthurm, Koblenz und Bad Ems, ist unser Auftritt beim Weltmusik Festival Horizonte sehr gut über die Bühne gegangen. Wir haben Barock, spanische und südamerikanische Music von Vivaldi, Bach, de Falla, Nin, Piazzolla, Gnattali, Villa-Lobos und Gismonti gespielt. Perfektes Wetter, volles Haus, tolle Atmosphäre, es war einfach ein Super Abend! Dazu auch eine schöne Kritik in der Rhein-Zeitung.

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„Da tut den Ohren und dem Bauch der Besuch in der Festungskirche sehr gut. Der klassische Vortrag des Elliot Duos mit Violoncellistin Mareike Schünemann und Gitarrist Russell Poyner lässt tief durchatmen, obwohl das Barocke sowie die spanischen und südamerikanischen Rhythmen auch zu Wallungen führen.“ Rhein-Zeitung.

Fotos: Wovo (Wolfgang Vogt).

Fotos: Kai Müller.

Cello & Guitar: Introducing the Elliot Duo & Horizonte 2016

I’m happy to announce my newest project together with the cellist Mareike Schünemann. We are very excited to be playing at this year’s Horizonte Festival on the 16 July at the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, where we will be performing a programme of Baroque, Spanish and South American music. More information about the festival and tickets are available here… Hope to see you there!

 

Ich freue mich sehr über mein neuestes Projekt zusammen mit der Cellistin Mareike Schünemann. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir bei dem Weltmusikfestival Horizonte Koblenz spielen dürfen. Unser Konzert findet am 16. Juli 2016 um 20 Uhr statt, in der Festungskirche, auf der Festung Ehrenbreitstein. Karten erhalten Sie hier… 

Violoncello und Gitarre, zwei Instrumente mit unvergleichlichem Timbre, mit Wärme, Tiefe und süßem Schmelz. Mareike Schünemann (Cello) und Russell Poyner (Gitarre) verbinden leidenschaftlich und virtuos diese Klangwelten und spannen dabei einen Bogen vom Barock über spanische Musik bis hin zu den Rhythmen Südamerikas.

Lola’s Lullaby: New piece, new recording, new guitar.

Last year my wonderful little niece Lola, was christened. The question was – what can I give her as a gift? So after some thought it came to me… I’m very lucky to have a lot of very talented friends and commissioned my pal and composer Louis Clark to write Lola a little piece. So here it is, „Lola’s Lullaby“, brilliantly recorded (by another one of those talented friends), Tonmeister extraordinaire – Ole Muth. It’s also the first recording with my new guitar made by Gitarrenbau Wichmann. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Shakespeare anniversary 2016: If Music be the Food of Love

After a break of a couple of years since our last performance together, myself and the actor Nigel Boyle, are happy once again to be performing with each other. And what better time to do it than in 2016, which sees the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To commemorate this special occasion we are extremely pleased to be performing at this years Koblenz International Guitar Festival. Our concert takes place on Wednesday 11th May 2016, 12.30 p.m., in the Kurfürstliches Schloss Koblenz. Tickets… 

„If Music be the Food of Love“; is a unique project, bringing together the two art forms of theatre and music. It marries scenes from plays, poems and sonnets by William Shakespeare with Elizabethan music and song, predominantly from Shakespeare’s contemporary, John Dowland. The performance is conceived as a „play“, and divided into „acts“ dealing with themes of love, music, melancholy, war and death.

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The appeal and individuality of this performance is best summed up in the words of the Australian music journalist, Therese W. Saba, who wrote:

“Nigel Boyle performed scenes from Hamlet, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and changed from one dramatic character to the next before our eyes. It was a journey through all the experiences of life: the anger, the sorrow, the pain of love and the laughter. Russell Poyner is a unique performer, who is equally accomplished as a singer and as a classical guitarist. This is a rare talent in the classical music world because of the demands of both roles; Russell Poyner manages to divide himself into two and give sensitive interpretations on both his chosen instruments at the same time.”

Here’s a little taster, taken from a couple of live performances we did a few years ago in Birmingham, Hamburg and Koblenz.

 

2016 jährt sich der Todestag von William Shakespeare zum 400. Mal. Dies nimmt das Koblenz Guitar Festival in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Musikschule der Stadt Koblenz zum Anlass, den Gymnasien der Region folgendes Projekt anzubieten:

Mittwoch 11. Mai 2016, 12.30 Uhr, Kurfürstliches Schloss. Karten…

‚If Music be the Food of Love‘, eine Shakespeare-Performance mit dem Schauspieler Nigel Boyle und dem Gitarristen/Bariton Russell Poyner (beide England)

Die Faszination dieser Performance kommt am besten in einer Kritik der renommierten australischen Musikjournalisin Therese W. Saba (London) zum Ausdruck:

‚Nigel Boyle performed scenes from Hamlet, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and  Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and changed from one dramatic character to the next before our eyes. It was a journey through all the experiences of life: the anger, the sorrow, the pain of love and the laughter. Russell Poyner is a unique performer who is equally accomplished as a singer and as a classical guitarist. This is a rare talent in the classical music world because of the demands of both roles; Russell Poyner manages to divide himself into two and give sensitive interpretations on both his chosen instruments at the same time.‘