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Blazina / Stepkowski-Tarhan Duo

06 Oct Posted by in Schedule | Comments
Blazina / Stepkowski-Tarhan Duo

Guitarist Holly Blazina creates an immersive world of beauty and sound that draws in music lovers and Flamenco aficionados alike. The notes emanating from her instrument disarm unsuspecting listeners as they are ushered into an ethereal experience that is exotic, evocative, buoyant and deeply nourishing.

When first exposed to Flamenco’s passionate, soulful melodies and driving rhythms, Holly knew she had found her home musically. This quickly led to a lifelong commitment to the art form. She has had the good fortune of studying intensively with renowned artists both in Spain and North America, after having completed a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance in 1994. Her original compositions have won awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and FACTOR. Her debut recording, Transcendencia, was released in October, 2017.

Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan (she/her), born in Calgary/Mohkinstsis, is a director, award winning actor, singer and educator who has appeared on stages across much of Canada as well as in the US, Mexico and Scotland. Elizabeth has directed for Calgary Opera, The Shakespeare Company, Seadreamer, Destiny Theatre, the Soulocentric Festival, Storybook Theatre and Stage West.

Stepkowski-Tarhan’s most recent new work directed at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity was an exploration of her vision to add Flamenco song and dance to a new translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” by the late John Murrell, OC, AOE. For this concert, Blazina & Stepkowski-Tarhan Duo will share with you a few of the pieces they have created for this work.

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