Retracing her musical footsteps and some of the most powerful inspirations, violinist and composer, Elektra Kurtis presents pianist Benita Meshulam, a duet and a string quartet with violinist Curtis Stewart, violist Alva Anderson and cellist Akua Dixon. The program includes two concertos by Bach, violin duets by Bartok, Thelonious Monk and her newest world jazz composition “Zeibekiko” for the improvising string quartet.
Sunday January 20, 2013 @ 6pm
The Cornelia Street Cafe is located at 29 Cornelia Street, NYC 10014 in Greenwich Village. Music charge is $10 and $10 drink minimum
An evening of Elektra's newest music and improvisations on themes from Szymanowski's Ballet Harnasie and from Polish folk from the mountains Podhale. Infused with New York beats, Greek rhythms and Arabic modes.
November 29, 2012 @ 7 pm
15 East 65th Street, New York, New York 10065 tel: (212) 734-2130
Elektra Kurtis String Trio
"Like Rocks in Clear Water..."
An evening of music and poetry by Elektra Kurtis and her String Trio
inspired by and dedicated to Christina Kurtis
February 16, 2012 @ 6 pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 989 9319
Small ensembles playing improvisations and contemporary music works with roots in ethnic music from Greece and Poland, jazz, and Western classical music with gypsy flavor.
On the program compositions by Bela Bartok, Karol Szymanowski, Igor Stravinski, Alexander Scriabin, Don Byron and Elektra Kurtis
Curtis Stewart. violin
Elektra Kurtis violin
Edmund Niemann piano
Kahlil Kwame Bell drums and percussion
“Elektra Kurtis’ music has a distinct and unique commercial appeal. It can best be described as a weave of International instruments and flavors with a dash of genre versatility. They have created, as a team; a new age meets old world sound.”
Danie Cortese ~ President / CEO Danie Cortese Entertainment & Publicity Inc.
"Profound yearning, ecstatic wailing and an aching beauty – in a rather original context.”
E.J. Janelli ~ music reporter for All about Jazz
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Keith Hannaleck ~Muzik Man ~ Muzikman.com
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Downtown Music Gallery
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“Ö..quite rewarding music with a mixture of musical styles. Elektra Kurtis being clearly a dominant force but backed by great musicians makes the results splendid.”
Jazz at a glance – jazz notes
“A real world music in which its creators reach to tradition, but express it in a very contemporary way.”