IZUMI KAMURA

contemporary pianist, improviser and educator

In the midst of level 5 lockdown, a series of live streaming concerts were made possible by the excellent team of Finding a Voice Festival in Clonmel, in March 2021.

Below is an excerpt from a review of the whole festival by Anna Murray at Journal of music, about the set I and Cora Venus Lunny performed.

The concert is available to watch here.

What was also remarkable during the four days was the breadth of eras and genres that were represented. While the feature concerts of the music of Viardot and Mendelssohn perhaps seemed to give the whole something of a 19th-century slant, this was more than balanced by concerts of improvised, twentieth-century, and traditional music.

In Ex-Tempore/In the Moment, violinist Cora Venus Lunny and pianist Izumi Kimurapresented another festival highlight in an hour of improvisations that were introspective, interior, of a glass-like fragility that hovered constantly on a point between tension and meditation. Both players leaned into the physicality of their instruments, creating a powerful blend and balance between the sounds of strings, wood and metal, and the extremes of dynamic range.’

– Anna Murray

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