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Abraham Brody {violinist and performance artist}

Monday 18th May, 2015

Abraham Brody once was told that his soul is hundreds of years older than he is. Hence, those who listen to him play, can time travel through the centuries. Born in the USA, living in London, in love with Lithuanian sunsets.


Best piece of advice I've ever received

A beautiful 'wrong' note is worth more than a million notes which are said to be 'hygienic' and clinically 'correct'. Have the courage to be yourself; listen to your internal ear which is connected directly to your heart and your spirit {violinist Ivry Gitlis on being a musician}.


Eating out

For coffee or light bites: Caravan King's Cross. For sushi: Ukai Portobello Road. Ceviche in Soho for incredible Peruvian food and inventive cocktails.


Shopping

COS or Loft by Design.


Most romantic moment 

Driving through the island of Kursiu Nerija in Lithuania at sunset, watching the light filter through the trees and over the Baltic Sea. I have Lithuanian ancestry but only taught myself Lithuanian a few years ago after I fell in love with the country!


Best for a first date 

Hampstead Heath, or somewhere in Covent Garden.


Best compliment I've ever been given

 Haha ...That my soul is hundreds of years older than I am. 


Favorite London pub

Coco Momo in Marylebone High St.


Most wonderful London discovery

So-Ock Kim, the most incredible violin teacher in the world.


On the bookshelf

A brief History of Curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist, a fascinating exploration of the great curators of the 20th and 21st Centuries and their roles. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov. 


Movies I like

Anything by director Pedro Almodovar. 


Playlist

Incredible recording by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja of the Stravinsky violin concerto. Brazilian group Tribalistas.  Lithuanian singer Jazzu's new single. Georgian traditional music group Jgufi Bani.


Perfect time out

Either in a little house by the Baltic Sea, or enjoying the nightlife of Budapest!


I’d go out to dinner with

Vaslav Nijinsky, dancer and choreographer. I would spend the evening playing for him while he danced. He was perhaps the greatest talent of the ballet world, and I find so much inspiration from dancers.


To an afternoon tea I’d like to invite

French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans, author of  À rebours. We would go to Black's in Soho. 


Scent

Guilty by Gucci.


As a Mayor of London

I would dedicate much more of the government budget to the arts, while making most performances free admission for young people, encouraging a wider range of audiences. 


Credo

Always listening to that powerful voice inside of me, which never seems to steer me wrong. Striving to create work that challenges the public to step outside of their comfort zone, and never compromising on that. Stepping outside of my comfort zone. Being open to everyone and every new situation. 

Little black book

I'm now working on a new performance which will premiere on 5th of February, 2015 at the parasol unit foundation for contemporary art in London, so it's full of ideas relating to that. Lists of repertoire I want to learn, books to read, films. Also ideas for an upcoming experimental project with Trys Keturiose, the Lithuanian traditional music ensemble.

Abraham Brody is inviting the public to the Parasol Unite on the 5th of February 2015, where he will create musical improvisations based on what he sees in Katy Moran’s paintings and in the eyes of the audience. Art lovers, this event is not to be missed! More information: http://parasol-unit.org/music-performance-soul-alchemy-by-abraham-brody

Find more about Abraham: www.abrahamviolin.co.uk; www.theviolinistispresent.com

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