Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Lovely sounds for TravellingLight...


The TL team are thrilled to announce that Italian born Olivia Chaney will perform a very special acoustic set at WW Gallery for the opening of the Travelling Light exhibition in London.

Venue: WW Gallery, Hackney, London Town.
Date: Friday 15th May 2009
Time: 6-9pm

Photo by Patrick Williams

And where is this beautiful lady from?

Born in Florence, Olivia did most of her growing up in Oxford, and at age of 14 left home for specialist music school in Manchester where she took up a joint-first scholarship in classical piano and singing. Aged 18, another scholarship took her to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she became the only vocalist (and female virtually) on the jazz course where she developed the art of improvisation and performance in a freer context, studied composition, and learnt and collaborated with wonderful musicians.

Since graduating Olivia has danced and sung a lead role in the specially-commissioned abstract ballet 'Shore' (Cathy Marston/Dave Maric), which was performed in the sand-dunes beneath Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, strummed baroque guitar and sung as ‘Cupid’ in ‘Timon of Athens’ last season at Shakespeare’s Globe (Django Bates/Lucy Bailey), mimed synth-strings on X-factor, and lots more.

Olivia has recently taught herself the guitar and Indian harmonium for her own solo project, which increasingly reverts back to her roots in lyricism and in songwriters with stories to tell. Whether the songs she interprets are ancient, modern, traditional, her own, or from the innovative renaissance courts, Olivia twists them into her own unusual, potent and emotive sound world.

Do listen here - http://www.myspace.com/oliviachaney



The TL team first heard the wonderful Alberto Grollo whilst being spoiled by the Ambassador at the Italian Culture Institute in London. We were so distracted from talking about art by his beautiful sounds that we asked him immediately to provide the same relief at our opening in Venice!

Venue: Venice Private View

Date: 7th June 2009

Time: 3-9pm

Photo by Igino Zanandrea

For those of you who don't know..

Alberto is a master of all trades, from blues to country, rock to classic, he has recorded 18 albums to date. Alberto has supported The Byrds and James Taylor during their Italian tours, joining them on stage for many performances, and has toured solo in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, and USA. He also composes soundtracks for documentaries, movies and Italian TV programs.

Find out more about Alberto here - www.albertogrollo.com

1 comment:

  1. Olivia Chaney - good find. "Aupres de ma blonde" - is gorgeous!