Slavic Grooves & Meditations
Slavic Grooves & Meditations for Quintet
Carla Thackrah, flute;
Robert Harris, viola;
Romano Crivici, piano;
Alex Henery, bass;
Jess Ciampa, percussion
Excerpts from all movements
Lutka Moja (oh doll of mine)
Review: "Often the most interesting artists are able to reinvent themselves, Picasso being the ultimate example. Having carved a career as a composer and violinist leading the Elektra String Quartet, Romano Crivici has now returned to his first instrument, piano, and formed a new ensemble playing compositions that draw on his Slavic heritage to varying degrees..."
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
1. Again & Again 10:30
2. Huppa Huppa 19:00
3. Lutke Moja (Doll of Mine) 12:10
4. Ide Vreme (Goes the Time) 15:30
5. Suspended 12:15
6. Oh Yavore 10:10
Ranging from high energy, ‘up-your-beat’ rhythms, to spacious lyrical melodicism, Slavic Grooves and Meditations is a large-scale set of works three years in the making.
This offering explores and expresses something of the life affirming struggle of composer Romano Crivici’s coming to terms with his Balkan roots and musical influences.
Originally composed for flute (Carla Thackrah - Tango Paradiso, ex Australian Opera Orchestra), viola (Robert Harris - Principal Viola; Canberra Symphony and freelance soloist) and performed to rapturous European audiences in 2014, Slavic Grooves have now expanded and evolved into their rightful sound and symphonic proportions with the addition of piano (Romano Crivici himself), bass (Alex Henery - Principal Bass, SSO, London, etc) and percussion (Jess Ciampa - Australian Brandenburg and Monsieur Camembert).
Coming together in this combination for the very first time, witness these masters of many genres enjoy sharing and exploring this unique new world-music project.
SLAVIC GROOVES & MEDITATIONS for Trio
7 Mvts for flute, violin & viola 53:00
In Motion, Entwined
1. At Peace 9:00
2. In Motion, Entwined 10:00
3. Seed (Oj Javore) ~ 8:45
4. Suspended ~ 6:45
5. Lutko Moja (oh doll of mine) 5:45
6. Ide Vreme (Goes the Time) 5:30
7. Oppa Oppa 9:00
This is the second incarnation of Slavic Grooves and Meditations, a re-working of a set of ideas I originally wrote in duo form for Carla and myself. Having organised a small tour in Europe for the Elektra Collektive (violin and viola) playing my Reflections on Life, Death, and Transience in 2014, what better way to create more variety, both in form and colour in the program than to add viola to the Slav Duos.
This allowed, of course, for many more possibilities than that afforded by duo, so, they are now quite different from the original duos, as well as some new movements altogether. Tempted as I am to say that the next incarnation (for quintet) is the 'final' version, they are all complete, and dare I say perfect in their own unique ways,
Given that some of the original "Duo" movements were conceived, and performed with, percussion, these 'Trios' will actually end up as "Quartets", (when I get around to it) with the inclusion of percussion. As a concession to the straighter classical world, they can however be played quite effectively, without, (that is if you want to present a limp, boring as shit 'classical' trio concert....... yawn, fidget......... discretely check your mobile in your lap..... yawn.... polite clap.............
Sunday 24th September, 2017 London
Slavic Grooves & Meditations for Duo
5 Duos for violin & flute
1. At Peace 9:00
2. In Motion, Entwined 7:00
3. Seed (Oj Javore) ~ 5:45
4. Suspended ~ 5:00
5. Goes the Time (Ide Vreme) 5:30
Goes the Time
One movement of the Slavic Grooves Duos performed on New Years Eve, at the Woodford Folk Festival in 2013/14
Carla Thackrah, flute; Romano Crivici, violin, with special guest Michael Askill, percussion.
A pretty noisy recording, not the best visuals (and apologies to Michael, whose head was covered by the music stand!), but it does give a bit of an idea of what the piece itself was like!