thursday, april 24, 2014 8:00pm
8-9pm: Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra - Jazz/World
Violinist, educator and composer Elektra Kurtis’s inspiration comes from Jazz and ethnic music of her heritage, as well as from Bartok, Stravinsky, Bach and more contemporary composers. Her goal is to integrate all the musical traditions and styles she has experienced throughout her life. She started, at home, in a family of Greek refugees from Egypt to Poland, learning about her Greek heritage. Elektra grew up in Warsaw listening mostly to avant-garde contemporary music created in the sixties and seventies and to Bartok, to Jazz recordings from the US and to the folk music of Greece, Africa and Tibet. Later, as a student of classical violin at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland, Elektra studied harmony, analysis and classical music forms along with classical violin repertoire.