Marika Klambatsea in Free Improvisation

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A  Voice  of  Opera  in  Avant Garde  Free Improvisation

                                        MARIKA  KLAMBATSEA

MARIKA KLAMBATSEA is an Avant Garde Soprano, renowned for her invention -recomposition  in classical form in opera or lieder (Kinder Toten Lieder ) of the composer Gustav Mahler or even Rock or contemporary in atonal escapes and  also for her own compositions and creations in Free Improvisation often using the bitter Parody.  She uses her voice like a sharp instrument having a four octave range,  Her sound is often used in an extreme manner pushing the boundaries  to their limits and using  theatrical expressions    by creating new experimental  sounds,low notes ,male vocal sounds ,throat sounds or sounds of people with a great age range,for example a child or an old person.,

GERIATRICS or 'Lasciate mi Morire'  by Monteverdi is a good example when the voice gets older  dark and  harder  from the throat .The first composition that can be heard on the third video was based  on the book of the Author Calamity Jane  Letters to her Daughter (1877-1902)’ and demonstrates these effects.

Marika sings  in concerts of different genres and subjects: from classical arias ,  the  opera 'Carmen' aria  Habanera by Georges Bizet in Free Improvisation (1st video),  'Lasciate mi Morire 'by Monteverdi (1st audio on the right) to   Madame Butterfly the opera  by  Giacomo Puccini or Heinrich Purcell to cabaret music, (Kurt Weill , Judy Garland)  and Rock  (Janis Joplin , Elvis) to Billie Holiday Blues   or even  Jazz  and Spirituals ('Sometimes I feel' ).  (2nd video right)  

Marika needs interesting subjects.  She is inspired and then a new composition   develops to complete the theme and idea.

One of these inspirational subjects was the Fairy tales written in 1634 by Giambattista Basile. SLEEPING BEAUTY became SUN MOON AND TALIA 6th video (Queen in Fire )  (The Sea) 7th video right Snow White and the seven dwarfs became  SNOW WHITE' AND THE SEVEN SCARS.

.8th video Contact theater  9th video a different version  ,

The performance took place in UK supported by the Arts council.  Her innovative   way of interfering  with the classical forms and creating new compositions ,while respecting and keeping

the powerful themes,ensures that their value is not lost-for example in Chopin etudes ,or in  the  Aria of  Giacomo Puccini`s opera Madame Butterfly 'Un Bel di Vedremo',and Estrano of Verdi`s opera La Traviata (last video on the right).

Marika’s work   has been  widely    recognized . She has   received the Greek National award for  her originality and  her personal and experimental way of interpretation and singing. .Her awarded music is ' Calamity Jane Letters to her Daughter (1877-1902).' Is an Avant Garde opera with strong Free improvising themes.. Lament of Calamity Jane for her lover Bill Hickok -Shostakovitch valse n 2 can be heard (last video on the right)

 The performance of Calamity Jane was supported by the Arts council  .   April 2013 was completed by  a film with horses centralized in their eyes . All inspired from the Calamity`s  horse 

companion  named Satan. staying till the end of her life near her ..
.A very talented  actrice Margaret Jackman had the role of Calamity Jane reading the letters of the calendar of Calamity Jane to her Daughter .

Marika has performed in venues such as The Lowry Manchester; Contact theater, Green Room, Megaro Mousikis  Athens concert hall  and the Palace of the  Grand Magistrate in Rhodes., also in Festivals a few times  like this  of Edinburgh and Prague

Her latest innovative work after a visit in Dachau concentration camp is  entitled 'The Trains', a performance bringing to the light music and songs written by the political prisoners in the Ghettos 'Yisrolik' (6th video right) and concentration camps under the Nazi regime during the Second World War.'Songs from the Depth of Hells' of Aleksander Kulisiewicz the song writer and collector of 54 songs collected during more than 5 years of imprisonment

at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp are also included.

Her current project,  to  the bleakest of this  period in Holocaust is the creation of a chamber opera played by a Women`s quartet .This opera will be based on Fania Fenelon`s book 'Women`s Orchestra of Auschwitz' and will be the second approach to this traumatic period in history,following on from ''The Trains''. Entitled' Butterfly in Blood '. This opera is often Free improvised.(excerpt video third below)

The music is influenced by Giacomo Puccini`s opera Madamme Butterfly.Fania Fenelon was a Jewish member of the French resistance during the Second World War.She was a pianist and Soprano singer and was arrested under the Nazi regime and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.There they put her in the Women`s Orchestra where SS militants forced her to sing Arias as the 'Un Bel di Vedremo ' from the Puccini`s opera Madamme Butterfly (excerpt video third below)

The central idea of this opera in musical aspect is to combine Free improvisation with ,classical   contemporary , music of Shostakovitch and Yiddish songs (EN MEG MOST KI SHI VAYOK) (WHEN I AM A LITTLE CHILD) audio 13 (,MAY 45) 16 (1) ,Polish and Gypsy music  all that to express  in one breath! Moreover,politically to protest against the racism through the..paradoxical courage of the political prisoners to compose such powerful melodies not only in the ghettos but also in the concentration camps ,songs that they were forbidden,like the song 'MAKH ZU DIE EYGELEKH'(Close your little eyes) 20(3)audio) a tragic Lullaby.  Mother tells to her child all their suffering , their exile,their imprisonment... whose composer ,David Beigelman,was cruelly exterminated in gas chambers.


"La Saradua"Marika Klambatsea impro and piano- voice "Lasciate mi morire" Aria of Monteverdi through Parody

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