Fractured Atlas Spotlight!

Elina Akselrud and Intertwining Arts were featured  in the Fractured Atlas Spotlight!

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Elina Akselrud | Photo by Marc Serhan

Elina Akselrud is founder of Intertwining Arts and creator of CROSSOVER ART PROJECTS- piano performance blended with other visual and performing art genres. Intertwining Arts has been a member of Fractured Atlas since 2016 and is based between New York and Lucerne, Switzerland.

 

How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your artistic practice?
Fractured Atlas gave a way for Intertwining Arts to become an organization. This is crucial for every kind of creative professional that is seriously oriented towards presenting their work. The Intertwining Arts team has successfully presented two multidisciplinary performance projects. The first one, “CHOPIN: A Letter through the Parisian Years,” unites live music, photography, and theater in one multifaceted performance. It was performed in Paris, France; Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland; and Munich, Germany. Its cinematic version was released in Paris, France and is currently available on YouTube.

At Intertwining Arts’ film release at the Hotel Chopin in Paris

The second project “The SCRIABIN SONATAS Reimagined, Part 1” presents music with a projection of artistic video collages. It explores the subject of the impact of humanity on of the planet. It was performed in a Swiss tour and the film will be released in The Netherlands later in 2019. We have currently been working on presenting our third multidisciplinary project “TRANSIENCE: painting after Scriabin and Vine,” which will manifest a live creation of a painting on stage — also projected — happening simultaneously with the piano performance. Fractured Atlas helped us structure our vision, get organized as a team, and it greatly encouraged us to create and keep going even when things got difficult.

How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your revenue/income generation?
Fractured Atlas made it possible for Intertwining Arts to be able to apply for grants. It is a whole world of opportunities, which are very limited when one does not have a base, (i.e. a fiscal sponsorship) such as the one that Fractured Atlas provides. We are always grateful for this assistance.

What specific Fractured Atlas services/programs have you used?
Intertwining Arts uses the grant application aid regularly, as well as SpaceFinder. Both helped tremendously!

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Photos: Marc Serhan, Georg Thum

Dear Friends,

Today I am very happy to announce my new upcoming chamber music project with the wonderful Ukrainian-American cellist Eugene Lifschitz: we will perform in Germany and Switzerland in 2019.  The repertoire will consist of three works: Frédéric François Chopin Sonata in G minor op.65, Stanislav Fridman “The Spiral of Souls”, a commissioned work, which we will premiere during this project, and Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor op.19.

The project is centered around this very feeling, which the three composers, as well as the performers share: the never-ending search of the roots, a place to call home. Since it is crucial to not get lost in the chaos of this world, we all, immigrants, will always intuitively seek something to remind us of our homeland. Without this base, the knowledge, the constant bitterness and nostalgia no immigration has ever been possible.

The stories of both, Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is very much alike in a few aspects: both had to leave their home country and immigrate to a foreign land, never to return. Another very interesting thing to note is that each of them composed only one sonata for cello and piano, and both sonatas coincidentally happen to be in the key of G minor.

The two composers always kept longing for their home countries (Poland and Russia), however, because of certain obstacles, neither of them ever returned (even with a visit). Both were inspired by the folk tunes of their motherland, and kept writing in letters that they always missed the familiar surroundings, friends and family, and so on… Rachmaninoff settled in his Villa Senar every summer between 1832-1839, which is located near Hertenstein near Lake Lucerne. He always loved living and working on his villa, where he felt especially calm and peaceful.

Interesting to note that we, the artists, (Elina Akselrud, Eugene Lifschitz, and Stanislav Fridman) were all born exactly in between the home countries of the two composers (in Ukraine) and we are immigrants ourselves. One never knows where life can bring us in the future, however we already do know the feeling of the nostalgia that one has, when longing for home.

In our project we will speak about this state of human mind, by the means of music, and our own artistic expression. Stanislav Fridman composed his new work “Spiral of Souls” for cello and piano specifically for this project. We, the three musicians, believe that this subject is very important for the audience to contemplate and we feel honored to have the opportunity to present this wonderful music to the German and Swiss public.

Поэзия Ирины Липатовой – сбор средств на издание книги

Ирина Алексеевна Липатова, великий педагог фортепиано Киевской Средней Специальной Музыкальной Школы им.Лысенко, помимо 40-летней деятельности первоклассного преподавания игры на рояле сотням учеников, также была очень талантливым поэтом. Её недавняя кончина вызвала потрясение у многих, если ни у каждого, кто её знал. Мы, её семья, ученики и близкие, решили издать её поэзию в одном собрании.

Больше информации и сбор средств.

Мы будем очень благодарны каждому из вас за вашу помощь в издании этих ярких стихов. Вот некоторые из них:

 

 

Быть может лишь один ребёнок
Из музыкальной всей «орды»
Захочет вставить след ножонок
В мои большущие следы.
И, углубляя след во следе,
За ним ещё один идёт.
Чем глубже след — тем легче в небе
Продолжить нам тройной полёт!

Живём для Любви на земле,
Все формы Она наполняет,
У ветра резвясь на плече,
То ранит, а то исцеляет…

Стань Ею, живи состраданьем,
За раны Любовь не кори,
Но в путь, мой счастливый изгнанник,
С собой никого не бери.

Лишь вечное меня не подведёт,
Всё остальное — вспыхнет и пройдёт.
На вечное хочу я опираться,
Служить ему и вечно обновляться.

Я погружаюсь в микромир,
Чтобы познать бесценный опыт,
Где молний блеск и грома рокот
Творец в безмолвие вложил.

Irina Lipatova

«…Я буду постепенно растворяться и в итоге превращусь в тотальную любовь в эфире.»

“…I will gradually dissolve into space and will eventually turn into a total ethereal love.”

This is what she said when I saw her for the last time. (If I only knew…)

Спасибо Вам, родная наша, за всё. Никогда не пойму, не поверю до конца…

My dear Teacher, Irina Lipatova, passed away. She taught me not only countless piano skills, which I use every single day without thinking twice, however also grounded some major principles of life into my [at the time] young and childish head. I will always be grateful and will never forget. Thank You for dedicating your entire life to all of us, hundreds of students. May your soul now Rest In Peace, Ирина Алексеевна.

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A Concert in her Memory will take place on October 28, 2018 @ 19:00.
Kyiv, come and send us some love.