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Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb

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This new duo between James Crabb (classical accordion) and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) brings together two internationally acclaimed soloists with a passion for chamber music and imaginative collaboration. Their repertoire ranges from medieval and renaissance treasures, through Bach, Vivaldi and Sammartini, via Scottish folk tunes, to contemporary classics by Piazzolla and Reich, and evocative new Nordic and Australian works.

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  • Genevieve Lacey, recorders
  • James Crabb, accordion

This new duo between James Crabb (classical accordion) and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) brings together two internationally acclaimed soloists with a passion for chamber music and imaginative collaboration. Their repertoire ranges from medieval and renaissance treasures, through Baroque masterworks from Bach, Vivaldi and Sammartini, via Scottish folk tunes, to contemporary classics by Piazzolla and Reich, and evocative new Nordic and Australian works. Pioneering this instrumental combination in Australia, Crabb and Lacey’s programmes show that the possibilities between these two musicians are vast and surprising.

Their 2014 programme includes:

  • Ortiz: Recercada Primera, Recercada Segunda
  • Locke: Consort Of Two Parts (For Several Friends)
  • J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata BWV 527 No. 3 in D minor
  • Trad/Crabb: Scottish folk tunes
  • Damian Barbeler: Shadow Box

Scottish born James Crabb is one of the world’s leading ambassadors of the classical accordion. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Mogens Ellegaard and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991. Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Camerata Salzburg at the Mozarteum, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, Goldner String Quartet and Australia Ensemble as well as his conducting debut. James’ great passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla has resulted in collaborations with the original members of Piazzolla’s own quintet along with two highly acclaimed recordings, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with Richard Tognetti and the Tango Jam quintet. James was professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1995 – 2010 and also held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.

“…Crabb was a magnificent soloist with outstanding tonal variety, rhythmical conviction and a superb sense of colour and projection” Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso and serial collaborator. She has an international career as a soloist, and a substantial recording catalogue with ABC Classics. Genevieve’s collaborators are as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen, classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, and The Black Arm Band, who present music of the Australian indigenous experience. Passionate about contemporary music, Genevieve has commissioned, created, premiered and recorded scores of new works. Genevieve has won many awards including an ARIA, and Helpmann, as well as Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships. She holds academic and performance degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark. Between 2008-2012 Genevieve was the Artistic Director for Four Winds Festival.

Genevieve’s performances have been described by The Guardian (London) as “combining sensuality, wit and mind boggling flamboyance” and by The Age (Australia) as “fluttering poetry.”

www.jamescrabb.com

www.genevievelacey.com