Fantasie no. 1 (Telemann) played by Aisha Orazbayeva

Aisha Orazbayeva

6 Fantasien für Violine solo (Georg Philipp Telemann, 1735)

Aisha Orazbayeva (violin)

“Hay que caminar” soñando (Luigi Nono, 1989)

Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin)

La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura (Luigi Nono, 1988)

Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Peiman Khosravi (electronics)

Sat Oct. 1

18:30 open / 19:00 start / 2,500 yen (one drink included)


Born in Alma-Ata in Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic five years before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Aisha Orazbayeva was enchanted by a violin performance that she saw on TV and began to take violin lessons at the age of four. She overcame alienation from the rigorous violin education through working on contemporary pieces, and has established a personal and intimate relationship with her instrument.


Seeping Through by Aisha Orazbayeva and Tim Etchells


Losing the fear of doing “something wrong,” her activities now include even installation, visual works and collaboration with Tim Etchells. Based in London, she has been drawing attention as a new type of player who has both great skills and open ideas.



In this program, she takes the “fantasy” form from the baroque era to an extreme through contemporary violin techniques even involving “noise,” and jumps over two centuries to work on the masterpiece The Nostalgic Utopian Future Distance written in the final years of Luigi Nono’s life, right before the collapse of the Soviet Union, that uses the 8-channel recording of Gidon Kremer’s improvisation and eight music stands scattered over the space — the violinist plays the piece making their own way from stand to stand in interaction with the eight speakers and the electronics player (Peiman Khosravi). The duo piece as a further development of it, “You must walk” dreaming, will be played with her comrade Eloisa-Fleur Thom.

Aisha Orazbayeva

Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Kazakh violinist and musician Aisha Orazbayeva is in demand with a repertoire extending from Bach and Telemann to Lachenmann and Nono. As a soloist she has performed at the Radio France Montpellier, Reykjavik Arts, Klangspuren and Latitude festivals, and venues including Carnegie Hall in New York. Her two solo albums Outside and The Hand Gallery have been critically acclaimed. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Resonance FM, France Musique and Kazakh National TV. Aisha plays with ensembles including Plus-Minus and Apartment House in London, and regularly collaborates with Tim Etchells (their first vinyl EP Seeping Through was released in March 2016). A violin duo with Eloisa-Fleur Thom have performed in venues including King’s Place, Cafe Oto and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Their ongoing project 44 is a series of videos based on Bartok’s 44 violin duets.

Eloisa-Fleur Thom


Eloisa-Fleur is a prize-winning violinist, director and curator. Highlights of her career so far have included performing J.S Bach’s Concerto for two violins with the celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov, and chamber music with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood (LCO soloists). In the past few years Eloisa-Fleur has given performances at the Wigmore Hall, Leeds International Concert Series, St George’s Bristol, been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and collaborated with Rambert Dance Company & composer Kate Whitley. Eloisa-Fleur is the Artistic Director of 12 ensemble, a virtuosic un-conducted string orchestra of a dozen young elite musicians who are currently taking the London music scene by storm. They recently performed at the Philharmonie de Paris alongside Max Richter. Eloisa-Fleur currently holds a 2015/16 creative residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland.

Peiman Khosravi

Photo by Tyler Kurihara

Peiman Khosravi, born in Tehran, is a London-based electronic musician whose work moves between composition, performance, software development, live sound engineering and studio production. He has engineered shows at the London Contemporary Music Festival (LCMF) and in venues such as LSO St Luke’s, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and Le Corum Montpellier. In the studio, he has recorded, mixed, and produced albums for PRAH recordings and SNVariations. Peiman is currently appointed as a visiting lecturer in music technology at the Royal Academy of Music London and as the resident software programmer for the Klang! acousmonium Montpellier.