"Natasha Farny and Eliran Avni are two very skilled musicians who are creating something greater with this new partnership. They cast a perfect and dreamy spell... I was absolutely entranced by the sensitivity and poetry of the way they shaped the music -- lovely ideas, with the exacting technique to carry out these musical visions. Even our cynical engineers were touched by the music!"

— Mona Seghatoleslami, WXXI Radio

EKSTASIS

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Ekstasis: The experience of standing outside of oneself.

 

Music that lifts the spirit can be intensely joyful, profoundly moving, and unforgettable. Ekstasis is committed to creating juxtapositions and similarities through daring programming. We thrive on the contrast, intensity, and passion that we find in these compositions. We aim to share music that electrifies our audience and offers every possible emotion on the spectrum.

Natasha and Eliran met as students years ago at Juilliard. After some recent exciting performances in New York City and upstate NY, the two decided to embark on a new mission: to create compelling programming celebrating masterpieces alongside the secret jewels of lesser-known works.

Presenting compelling programming celebrating masterpieces alongside the secret jewels of lesser-known works is at the heart of pianist Eliran Avni’s and cellist Natasha Farny’s performances as the Ekstasis Duo. With a focus on storytelling that pinpoints an aspect of the human condition or creates an atmosphere through sound, their concerts offer compellingly juxtaposed solo and chamber music works, and occasionally incorporates multimedia, readings, video, and visual art. For the 2020-21 season, the duo is promoting the music of women composers. Their Women's Voices initiative include lectures, concerts, and audio and video recordings. Their debut CD of this project is expected to be released in 2021.

 

Since their debut in 2018, The Ekstasis Duo has appeared on distinguished series such as New York City’s Merkin Hall, Eastman's Morning Chamber Music Series, and Rochester’s Live from Hochstein. During the summer of 2020, the duo recorded music for their upcoming debut CD, "Women's Voices," projected for release in 2021. This program has inspired Ekstasis to give lectures online and in person both in New York and at an international conference in Lucca, Italy. A multimedia project involving live music and video will occur in the future. Postponed engagements due to COVID-19 include California’s L'Ermitage Foundation in Los Angeles and Tateuchi Hall at the Finn Center at Mountainview, New York’s Community School of Music and Arts,  Bard College,  Saugerties ProMusica, Maryland’s Resonance Concert Series, The Eastman School of Music, and GetClassical Revelation Gallery. Upcoming 2021 engagements include Arts in the Village at Goff Memorial Hall in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

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Praised as possessing both “ironclad technique” and “ample suppleness” by The New York Times, Eliran Avni is an emerging force in the contemporary classical music scene. Hailed as “The new hope of Israeli music” by Ma’ariv, he  made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 17. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout Europe, North and South America, as well as in his native Israel, and has played for live broadcasts for the Israeli and German broadcasting systems.

As a soloist, Eliran is known as a preeminent interpreter of the music of composer Avner Dorman.  Solo performance highlights include Dorman’s Azerbaijani Dance with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta at Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Alabama Symphony, and the Grieg Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

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American cellist Natasha Farny has distinguished herself as a musician with significant versatility, sensitivity, and experience.  An accomplished soloist, Ms. Farny has performed with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as several local orchestras throughout the Western New York region. She has taken solo and chamber music tours across Germany, the Czech Republic, and Brazil, and has played at many national venues like the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago and Brooklyn’s Bargemusic “Here and Now” Series. Ms. Farny can be heard on recordings of chamber music with the Centaur label. She will release her solo CD of French cello music in 2019. A vibrant teacher, she has been invited to give master classes at various institutions, including Weimar’s Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Germany, the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, and the Eastman School of Music.

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Dorman's Double Concerto

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Ekstasis Duo to Premiere

New Work in Spring 2022

 

Rare double concerto for cello and piano is one of the few works in this idiom

A one-of-a-kind new work by award-winning composer Avner Dorman written for the Ekstasis Duo (cellist Natasha Farny and pianist Eliran Avni) will receive its premiere in the 2021-22 season. Made possible by a generous donation from Chris Granger and the Fredonia Foundation, and consortium members Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and Gettysburg College Orchestra, the double concerto for cello and piano and flexible ensemble (formal title to be announced) is one of the few double concertos specifically written for cello and piano.

 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write a concerto for the Ekstasis Duo,” stated Avner Dorman. “It’s rare to hear such a high level of musicianship paired with technical prowess from two performers, and to write for both of them is a dream come true. I look forward to how this piece comes together, and I have no doubt that we will create exciting, expressive, and heartfelt music together. It’s particularly exciting to collaborate again with my dear friend Eliran Avni, for whom I’ve written many pieces and who has recorded many of my piano and chamber works.” 

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  • ...In the Shadows
    Lily Dale
    Jul 23, 8:00 PM
    Lily Dale, 1 Melrose Dr, Lily Dale, NY 14752, USA
    Listen to vibrant, joyous, and profoundly moving music by under-represented composers.
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  • ...In the Shadows
    Rosch Recital Hall
    Dec 03, 8:00 PM
    Rosch Recital Hall, 280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063, USA
    A Fredonia concert with under-represented great composers!
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  • Resonance Concert Series - Kent County, MD
    Location is TBD
    Mar 13, 2022, 3:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Ekstasis in Maryland!
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  • Premiere of the Dorman Double Concerto
    King Concert Hall
    May 07, 2022, 8:00 PM
    King Concert Hall , Fredonia, NY 14063, USA
    Avner Dorman's new work for cello, piano, and orchestra, performed in King Concert Hall at the Rockefeller Arts Center on the Fredonia campus.
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  • TBD
    Tateuchi Hall at the Finn Center
    Community School of Music and Arts
    Time is TBD
    Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Cir, Mountain View, CA 94040, USA
    ...In the Shadows
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  • TBD
    L'Ermitage Foundation Concert at the Luxe
    Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
    Time is TBD
    Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
    Private concert for Foundation members
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  • TBD
    Arts in the Village
    Goff Memorial Hall
    Time is TBD
    Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA 02769, USA
    Women's Voices in Southern Massachusetts
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PROGRAMS

...In the Shadows

Vibrant, joyous, and deeply moving program featuring under-represented composers.

 

Program: 

  • Lily Boulanger - Nocturne (1911)

  • George Walker - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1957)

Intermission 

  • Alexander Zemlinsky - Three Pieces (1891)

  • Alma Mahler - Five Songs (1911)

  • Henriette Bosmans - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1919)

 

Total:  70 minutes

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Women’s Voices

Celebrating the amazing talent of female composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, these stunning and brilliant works, coupled with selected readings from their letters, provide insight into their thoughts about music.

Program:

 

  • Louise Farrenc - Sonata in B-flat, Op. 46 

  • Clara Schumann - Three Romances, Op. 11

  • Lera Auerbach - Preludes nos. 7, 23 & 24

 

Intermission

 

  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich - Lament 

  • Ethel Smyth - Sonata in A minor, op. 5 

  • Hommage à Nina Simone 

 

Total: 68 minutes

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Enchanted Fairy Tales

Take a fantastical musical journey with us through different lands and tales.

 

Program: 

 

  • Prokofiev - Andante from Cinderella 

  • Beethoven - "Magic Flute" Variations, WoO 46

  • Martinů - Variations on a Slovak theme 

  • Hindemith - Phantasiestücke, op. 8, no. 2 

  • Cassadó - Dance of the Green Devil 

 

Intermission

 

  • Caroline Mallonée - Crossings 

  • Janáček - Pohádka 

  • Rachmaninoff - Little Red Riding Hood for solo piano 

  • Cui - Orientale 

  • Debussy - Petite Suite 

  • Prokofiev - Cello Sonata, 2nd movement 

 

Total: 80 minutes

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              La Vie en Rose

An evening of Parisian masterpieces accompanied by readings of French poetry.

 

Program:

 

  • Louise Farrenc - Sonata in B-flat, Op. 46

  • Franchomme - Caprice no. 9 for solo cello

  • Ravel - Pièce en forme de Habanera

  • Ravel - Sonata op. posthume 

 

Intermission

 

  • Poulenc - Improvisation for solo piano 

  • Roland Dyens - Filmaginaires: Musique en quête d'image 

  • Debussy - Beau Soir

  • Poulenc - Sonata 

 

Total: 73 minutes

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German Romantics

In addition to the celebrated works, Ekstasis is excited to offer several hidden gems.

 

Program: 

  • Louisa A. Le Beau - Sonata in D 

  • Kurt Weill - Prologue, The Seven Deadly Sins for solo piano

  • Kurt Weill - Sonata 

 

Intermission

 

  • Hindemith - Phantasiestücke, op. 8, no. 2 

  • Brahms - Sonata in E minor, op. 38 

 

Total: 80 minutes

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Send in the Clowns!

As a subject, clowns are a perfect vehicle for exploring human states of being, such as comedy, tragedy, irony, and even insanity. We will juxtapose music with poetry by Surrealist poets and Shakespeare.

 

Program: 

 

  • Stravinsky - Suite Italienne 

  • Leoncavallo - Canio’s Lament from "Pagliacci"

  • Debussy - Sonata 

 

Intermission

 

  • Stravinsky - Petroushka, Danse Russe, Chez Petroushka for solo piano 

  • Sondheim - Send in the Clowns

  • Milhaud arr. Farny – Scaramouche 

 

Total: 60 minutes

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Rachmaninoff Soirée

Program: 

 

  • Prokofiev - Ballade Op. 15

  • Leocadya Kashperova -Sonata No. 2 in E minor 

Intermission

  • Rachmaninoff - Vocalise

  • Rachmaninoff - Etudes-Tableaux for solo piano

  • Rachmaninoff - Cello Sonata 

 

Total: 70 minutes

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CONTACT US

Please write to us at  EkstasisDuo @ gmail . com

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