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Ekstasis Duo Releases Trailer and Video of Works by Women

March 4, 2021 | By Grant Communications
Ekstasis Duo
releases trailer and video of works by women
from new album
in advance of CD release this spring 2021
"Women's Voices"
a recording of works by
Louise Farrenc, Clara Schumann, Lera Auerbach,
Nina Simone, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Ethel Smyth
Ekstasis Duo (pianist Eliran Avni, cellist Natasha Farny)
New York – Musicians Eliran Avni and Natasha Farny, who together comprise Ekstasis Duo, have begun to release videos in advance of their upcoming debut album, "Women's Voices." Filmed during the recording session, the mixed black & white and color live footage is paired with live, un-edited audio tracks, and gives a true sense of the project.
A video of three works by Nina Simone introduces the album.
Nina SIMONE/arr. D. Kaufman
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Don't Smoke in Bed
Love Me or Leave Me
Natasha Farny, cello
Eliran Avni, piano
Click here for the video.
Click here for the trailer.
In addition to recording the album, Ekstasis has given lectures on the topic, mostly online. Audiences for these presentations have included and an international musicological conference in Lucca, Italy, and students in Brazil, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan and New York.
As a duo, pianist Eliran Avni and cellist Natasha Farny present compelling programming that celebrates masterpieces alongside the secret jewels of lesser-known works. With a focus on storytelling that pinpoints an aspect of the human condition or creates an atmosphere through sound, Ekstasis Duo's concerts offer solo and chamber music works, and occasionally incorporate multimedia, such as readings, video, and visual art.
A talented artist of significant versatility, sensitivity, and experience, cellist Natasha Farny is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic and Brazil. Her recordings can be heard on the Centaur label.
Praised as possessing both "ironclad technique" and "ample suppleness" by The New York Times , pianist Eliran Avni is a respected force in the contemporary classical music scene. Having made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 17, he has since appeared as a soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout Europe, North and South America, and in his native Israel. His recordings can be heard on the Naxos, Tzadik and SHUFFLE Concert labels.
Since their debut in 2018, Ekstasis Duo has appeared on reputable series including New York City’s Merkin Hall, Saugerties ProMusica, and Rochester’s Live from Hochstein. 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.
Press Contact:
Laura Grant, Grant Communications




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