Violinist Michi Wiancko presents poetry and music at Stone Church Arts

BELLOWS FALLS — Michi Wiancko - described by Gramophone magazine as an “alluring soloist with heightened expressive and violinistic gifts,” - will perform a “Stone Church by Candlelight” concert on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

Wiancko gave her debut concerto performances with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, made her New York recital debut in Carnegie's Weill Hall, and released a solo album of works by Émile Sauret on Naxos.

The internationally-acclaimed violinist and composer will perform a mix of original compositions for five-string electric violin inspired by poetry and classical solo works composed for traditional four-string acoustic violin.

For some of the work, Wiancko will use electronic pedals typically used by guitars: octave, reverb, volume, and looping. With the looping pedal, she will create layers of shifting sound, mimicking the full sound of a large ensemble.

Wiancko has performed and toured extensively with a diverse array of leading ensembles and soloists in classical and contemporary music.

As a composer, Wiancko has written an ever-growing body of work for her band, Kono Michi, described by The Strad magazine as “intriguing and exquisitely beautiful ... music that breaks through the pop classical barrier.”

Highlights from her current season include a Steve Reich world premiere in Carnegie Hall with the International Contemporary Ensemble, duo concerts with pianist Michael Mizrahi, a collaborative electro-acoustic project with composers William Brittelle, Daniel Wohl, and Missy Mazzoli, and a national tour of a production of the epic Persian love story, Layla and Majnun - a collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group, Silk Road Ensemble, and one of Azerbaijan's national treasures, mugham singer Alim Qasimov.

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