Blind Spot Birmingham - Sublime classical duet with Abi Baker on piano and violin, and Takashi Kikuchi on viola
The first of an uplifting series of Blind Spot performances in collaboration with Birmingham Symphony Hall and supported by the Arts Council
26th May, 2022 1pm
Enjoy an uplifting lunchtime break as Abi and Takashi from the Inner Vision Orchestra transport you with their selection of Western Classical Music, improvisations and traditional Japanese melodies
“A magical mixture of sounds” Sean Rafferty from BBC Radio 3 In Tune
"Inner Vision Orchestra play great kick-ass music!” Charles Hazlewood
Abi Baker Biography
Multi-talented instrumentalist and teacher Abi Baker plays piano, violin and clarinet, and completed her studies at the Royal College of Music. Abi was the recipient of the 2007 Muzio Clementi Award for her work in the area of early keyboard instruments. She performs nationally at large events such as Glastonbury (with the RCM Gamelan ensemble) and the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games and more intimate settings such as Finchcocks and the Museum of Instruments at the RCM. She has been a member of the Inner Vision Orchestra since its inception in 2012.
Takashi Kikuchi Biography
Virtuoso violinist Takashi Kikuchi began studying the viola at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1988, where he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003. He came to the Royal Academy of Music in 1999 for his post graduate studies and received the teaching diploma LRAM and the Lawson Award. His career spans several countries with performances in Great Britain including recitals for the Schubert Music Society, the Treasury Music Society in Whitehall, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Handel House Museum, the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre and the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in 2012. Distinguished composer, Frank Stiles, completed his third Sonata for Viola and Piano for Takashi. He has performed with the Inner Vision Orchestra since its inception in 2012.
About The Inner Vision Orchestra
The Inner Vision Orchestra was founded in 2012 and is the world's only professional ensemble of blind musicians. Its extensive repertoire moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, soulful Gospel and Blues, sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. It celebrates the diversity of its talented members who have been brought together from around the world by Indian maestro Baluji Shrivastav OBE.
The orchestra recently featured on Baluji’s album Indian Classical Interactions from Arc/Naxos Music. This is the first in a series of Blind Spot musical events brought to you in collaboration with B Music and supported by the Arts Council. We want to see more performances by talented blind musicians across the UK and around the world! For more information follow us on Twitter @InnerVisionOrch, visit www.balujimusicfoundation.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org