Associação Portuguesa de Harpa

Nadia Birkenstock e Steve Hubback

Nadia Birkenstock e Steve Hubback

CONCERTO NADIA BIRKENSTOCK & STEVE HUBBACK
25 de Novembro de 2017 – 21h30

Auditório do Conservatório de Música do Porto
Praça de Pedro Nunes 126, 4050-010 Porto, Portugal
4€ (reserva de bilhetes/tickets reservation: apharpa@gmail.com)

Nadia Birkenstock harpa celta e voz
Steve Hubback percussão

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PT. Integrado no I Concurso Internacional de Harpa a decorrer no Conservatório de Música do Porto, o concerto de Nadia Birkenstock e Steve Hubback apresenta-se como uma viagem para as paisagens acústicas incomuns, notas de harpa entre gongos e címbalos brilhantes, carregados por um tambor aveludado. Nadia e Steve criam uma aura praticamente irresistível, uma beleza tonal e uma profundidade de som inesquecível.

“A clareza de sua voz e seu extraordinário toque musical e charme pessoal cativam o público”: foi assim que o jornal francês DNA descreveu a cantora e harpista Nadia Birkenstock. Nadia tem-se apresentado em toda a Europa e nos EUA. Lançou vários CDs distribuídos internacionalmente. “The enchanted Lake”, com o contador de histórias irlandês Mick Fitzgerald, ganhou o Global Music Award.

Steve Hubback começou a sua carreira musical nos anos 80 como baterista profissional e percussionista, visitando toda a Europa e chegando até a Coreia do Sul. Sempre à procura de sons de percussão incomuns, no início da década de 1990, Steve descobriu a metalurgia na Escandinávia e começou a fabricar os seus próprios instrumentos, sendo pioneiro no campo do design de pratos e gongos.

Nadia e Steve encontraram rapidamente um terreno musical comum, ambos abertos à experimentação e à improvisação. Apresentaram-se pela primeira vez no concerto de abertura do Festival Internacional de Harpa em Sentmenat, Barcelona. Seguiram-se concertos em Itália, República Checa, Alemanha, Países Baixos e França.


EN. The journey into the unusual acoustic landscapes begins mysteriously, building up a broad tonalspectrum: sparkling and shimmering, harp notes hover between brilliant gongs and cymbals, borne along by a velvety bass drum: when Nadia Birkenstock (harp) and Steve Hubback (metal percussion) weave their tonal fabric, it creates a virtually irresistible aura, tonal beauty and a rich depth of sound.

“The clarity of her voice and her extraordinary musical touch and personal charm captivate her audience”: this was how the French newspaper DNA described the singer and harpist Nadia Birkenstock. She discovered the Celtic harp at the age of 16 at a concert given by the legendary Scottish harp duo Sìleas, and studied voice at the musical conservatory of Dusseldorf (Germany). Today she is one of the leading German folk harpists, playing concerts all over Europe and the USA. Her repertoire features both her own compositions and traditional Celtic folk songs and harp tunes. She has released numerous internationally distributed CDs. “The enchanted Lake”, with Irish storyteller Mick Fitzgerald, won the “Global Music Award“.

Steve Hubback began his musical career in the 1980s as a professional drummer and percussionist, touring the whole of Europe and even reaching South Korea. Always on the lookout for unusual percussion sounds, at the beginning of the 1990s he discovered metalworking in Scandinavia and started to manufacture his own instruments. This was a great success: within two years leading Scandinavian percussionists were using his instruments, which soon invaded the global percussion scene. With his instruments and tonal sculptures, which are breathtakingly beautiful not only in terms of sound but also visually, he is a pioneer in the field of cymbal and gong design.

Nadia and Steve quickly found common musical ground, both of them being open to experimentation and improvisation. Their joint live debut was at the opening concert of the international harp festival in Sentmenat/Barcelona. This was followed by concerts in Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

Nadia Birkenstock and Steve Hubback lure their audiences into magical soundscapes full of virtuosity, rhythm, precision and joyful experimentation, from the deepest harp notes during the atmospheric intro to the meteoric brilliance of the metal percussion on the rhythmic pieces.

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