"Lumière" on Elsewhere Co.
Recently our album “Lumière” became available to download in Hi-Res version on Elsewhere Co.
Hetherington / Opalińska concerts in Poland
In November me and violinist Feargus Hetherington give a concerts in two Polish cities: Rzeszów and Stalowa Wola.
First concert in Rzeszów’s Philharmonic Hall on 13th Nov as a part of “Fil-Kameralia” concerts series. With old but beautiful sounding Steinway C in very pretty chamber hall we presented music from our first duo CD “A Highland Ballad”, plus J.S.Bach—Sonata E, BWV 1016.
Thursday 14th Nov we performed in Music School in Stalowa Wola city. This School is very close to me because as a 9 years old girl I attended my very first piano competition. It was very nice to be there again after all those years. And again instrument for me … Steinway D with rich and such an gorgeous sound.
"Lumière", The Jazz Breakfast review
Great review on The Jazz Breakfast – the top UK jazz blog. Thank you to Peter Bacon for those good words and to Garry Corbett who spreading the word about us and Lumière.
"Lumière" with success in Japan!
"Lumière" reviewed in Japan (the walker's, jazz life)
THE WALKER’S VOL.29
Very nice review of our new album “Lumière” in “he Walker’s Vol.29
A rough translation:
Beautiful Piano & Bass Duo from Poland
It sounds like the feeling of Japanese wabi-sabi*… the exquisite timbre they create from piano and double bass seeming to understand this aesthetic. On listening to this album, you will see the cover artwork reveal itself almost as a beautiful and historical Japanese-style drawing with special Indian-ink.
“Lumiere” is an album by duo “Opalinska & Whates” which takes film music as its theme. Featuring Polish pianist Mira Opalinska and British double bassist Douglas Whates, I was not only drawn to this album by its arrangements of two pieces from my favourite film “Cinema Paradiso”, but also by the fantastic sound. I was equally fascinated by the appearance of to two pieces from the Japanese films “Rikyu” and “Tokyo.Sora”. The duo’s sound is beautiful and explores the tension between stillness and motion. A really nice duo which I hope to see and hear live.
On my list of great recommendations, this album is currently under preparation for release in Japan in Japanese edition.
(*) “Wabi-sabi” = aesthetic sense in Japanese art emphasizing quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.
Really honoured to discover that Lumière has been reviewed in Jazz Life magazine—the Japanese equivalent to something like JazzTimes or Downbeat.
A rough translation:
“There are no superfluous notes on this album; everything Mira Opalinska and Douglas Whates play is selected with a profound sense of beauty. Among the pieces performed are compositions by Krzysztof Komeda, Toru Takemitsu, and a couple of beautiful selections from the movie ‘Cinema Paradiso‘—their interplay on these tunes presented with a reverential elegance.”