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Pekka Kuusisto & Gabriel Kahane

Submitted by Paulius Gutauskas on Mon, 11/27/2023 - 14:25
Pekka Kuusisto & Gabriel Kahane
Thursday 15th Aug - 7:00 PM
Llewellyn Hall
Presented by
Musica Viva

Pekka Kuusisto is an acclaimed violinist. Gabriel Kahane is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Both classically trained, both comfortable inside and outside the box, they wander those sometimes strange, sometimes quirky, but always beautiful borderlands where creativity thrives.

They come together in a new collaboration, commissioned for recording and performance by an international partnership including Musica Viva Australia. The relaxed, intimate evening is an exploration of what it means to be artists in the 21st century; artists for whom honouring a classical heritage is as important as chasing the new. Be fascinated, entertained, moved and changed by what they make.

'Kahane’s, first and foremost, an exercise in lyric beauty. He sings in a warm, resonant, melancholic baritone, which coasts upward into a plaintive falsetto. He plays the piano with a poetic touch...and his music is suffused with idiosyncratic, enriched tonal harmony...he is one of the finest, most searching songwriters of the day.' – The New Yorker

'Pekka Kuusisto…surely has the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive.' — Telegraph

PEKKA KUUSISTO violin, electric violin, loops, piano, vocals
GABRIEL KAHANE piano, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals

Program to include Traditional Scandinavian folk music along with works from KUUSISTO; KAHANE; Nico MUHLY; J. S. BACH and others.

Acknowledgment of Country

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.