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19 February 2015, 8pm

Kurtág’s ‘Kafka Fragments’. Aisha Orazbayeva, violin & Lore Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano.

“Kurtágs work for soprano and solo violin weaves together scraps from Kafka’s letters and diaries, and the resulting cycle of forty songs – ranging in length from four minutes to twelve seconds – runs the gamut of all the moods in Kafka’s monochrome world…”

The Independent

The fragments, ranging from a few seconds to several minutes in length, are intense distillations of phrases and sentences collected by Kurtág over many years.  By turns introspective, dramatic, penetrating, and humorous, this hour-long journey for voice and violin is an event to be savored.

Aisha Orazbayeva

Kazakh violinist and musician Aisha Orazbayeva is in demand with a repertoire extending from Bach and Telemann to Lachenmann and Nono. As a soloist she has performed at the Aldeburgh, Radio France Montpellier, Klangspuren and Latitude festivals, and venues including Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and La Maison de Radio France in Paris.

Her acclaimed debut album “Outside” features a unique, multi-location recording of Sciarrino’s “Six Caprices” produced with Leo Abrahams, Ravel’s Violin Sonata, and “OUR”, a violin-computer concerto composed with VCS3 pioneer Peter Zinovieff. Aisha’s second album ‘The Hand Gallery’, her first for PRAH Recordings – is an album experience dedicated to the process of taking the violin sound apart and putting it back together again, and offers music by Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Elvis Presley, John Cale and Aisha Orazbayeva.

Aisha has worked with ensembles including the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern, and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Resonance FM, France Musique and Kazakh National TV. She also co-directs London Contemporary Music Festival with Lucy Railton, Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Sam Mackay.

Loré Lixenberg

British mezzo-soprano and director Loré Lixenberg made her Royal Opera debut in 2011, creating the role of Cousin Shelley in the world premiere of Anna Nicole. Other work at the Royal Opera House includes Exposure: Opera and OperaShots (Pook’s Ingerland) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Lixenberg specializes in contemporary music, and has performed widely in opera, concert repertory and music theatre, working with many leading composers. She regularly collaborates with composer and librettist Richard Thomas (librettist for Anna Nicole), for whom she created the roles Mother (Tourette’s Diva), Peaches/Baby Janes (Jerry Springer: the Opera), Millie and Death (The HaHa Hole) and various roles in Kombat Opera, among others. Other opera work includes Anna (Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden) with Aurora Orchestra and roles in Barry’s The Intelligence Park (Dublin), Osborne’s Difference in Demolition (Opera Circus) and Sørensen’s Under Himlen (Royal Danish Opera).

In concert Lixenberg has appeared with such orchestras and ensembles as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Lixenberg’s credits as a director include the UK premiere of Kagel’s Staatstheater and works with CoMA and at the SPOR Festival.