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Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet

Ireland, Wexford Ireland, Wexford High Street - The National Opera House

12 Feb. 2020 196 COM_JOMEVENTS_HOURS_AGO
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20:00
22:00
15 / 17

If you think the harp is for angels then Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet will set you right. She brings a new perspective to this supposedly dainty instrument, taking the ground-breaking work of Alice Coltrane in the 1960s as a stepping-off point for her own flighty improvisations and sonic adventures.

Capable of high-octane lapel-grabbing statements, she can also create extraordinary lyricism and soul within her own compositions and this versatility and curiosity has marked her out as a pioneer in the field of Jazz Harp. Now there’s two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence, but let’s get used to them because this musician is here to stay, constantly challenging the notion of boundaries in music, roughing up the harp with tones and textures that would ruffle many an angel wing.

Alina Bzhezhinska - harp
Tony Kofi - saxophones
Larry Bartley - double bass
Joel Prime - drums | percussion

Presented by Music Network

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet perform "Lemky" by Alina Bzhezhinska, Royal Albert Hall

Reviews

"…Bzhezhinska – an artist to watch."

- Evening Standard

"…Bzhezhinska has produced an album of mesmerizing beauty and elegance."

- All About Jazz

"…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp."

- The Times (UK)


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Venue Information - The National Opera House

The state-of-the-art building was opened in 2008  as a fitting home for the award-winning Wexford Festival Opera, as well as being built as an all-year-round multi-disciplinary performance art-form theatre. It has recently been granted further official recognition by being designated Ireland's National Opera House by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, announced at the start of the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera, in October of 2014, by the Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys.