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Watch: Leo Svirsky performs ‘The River Without Banks’ at the Koninklijke Schouwburg

27 May 2022

The Russian-American pianist and composer presents this expansive project, commissioned by Rewire.

Currently based in the Hague, Netherlands, Leo Svirsky’s music is grounded in history, symbolism, song and story, upholding a poetic, romantic quality. The process for ‘The River Without Banks’ started with the composition and release of his 2019 album released on Unseen Worlds which, 3 years on, already feels like a modern classic. The six pieces imbue an emotional and technical complexity rarely seen working in such symbiosis. 

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This live iteration of the project, commissioned by Rewire, sees him collaborate with ​​Reinier van Houdt (piano), Germaine Sijstermans (Clarinet), James Hewitt (baroque violin), Marielle Groven (violin), Mark Morse, Jeroen Kimman (steel guitars), Aaron Lumley (Bass), and Seamus Cater (bass concertina). Shot and recorded live on location at the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague, this performance was commissioned as part of the Rewire 2021 online edition. The online edition comprised a number of innovative and remotely-staged performances from artists across the world.