Late Junction Sessions
Eugenia Georgieva, Shahid Khan & Jeremy Birchall
The latest collaboration session for Late Junction features three vocalists from very different traditions – Bulgarian singer Eugenia Georgieva, Indian classical vocalist Shahid Khan and British opera singer Jeremy Birchall. Their collaboration will be inspired by chant traditions from the three countries.
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Eugenia started piano lessons at the age of 5, studied at a music school in the USSR and won a gold medal in 1984 in Russian festival "Alyosha" in the children's category. She has sung in various choirs in the USSR and Bulgaria. In 1996 she started her own rock band "Lady Jane", which was featured on Bulgarian national radio. Since 2003 she has worked on several house and dance projects as a singer-songwriter. She was a singer with the London Bulgarian Choir, who were voted BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year 2006 in the Open category.
She is currently the lead singer with the Klezmer-Balkan outfit, the Max Pashm Band. She has also done session work for BBC dramas, as well as backing vocals for the band "Julia" with ex-Blur drummer Dave Rowntree. She also founded the Bulgarian vocal trio ‘Perunika’, who released their debut CD last year on the World Music Network label.
Jeremy's singing career has taken him to concert halls and opera houses across Europe. He’s worked at Covent Garden, English and Welsh National Opera, and with many groups specialising in early and contemporary music including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, the Tallis Scholars, Polyphony and the Sixteen. His unusually low voice has been used in many John Tavener pieces. Particularly memorable were ‘The Apocalypse’ at the Proms, the 7-hour ‘The Veil of the Temple’ in New York, Amsterdam and at the Proms and ‘Theophany’, where his multi-tracked and transposed low notes sounded like a huge pack of whales.
In recent years he has been involved with the vocal crossover group, The Shout, where his contributions are just as likely to be heard from the roof of the Royal Festival Hall or a crane in Stuttgart harbour by crowds of thousands as by audiences in theatres or concert halls. He has recorded around 200 CDs, a TV opera and soundtracks for film, TV and commercials. His cabaret group, The Demon Barbers won a recording industry award for their CD A Close Shave and recently appeared in Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden.
Shahid Abbas Khan
Shahid Abbas Khan, born of a Pakistani Moslem father and an Indian Hindu mother, embraces both musical traditions in his singing. He was originally inspired to sing by the performances of the great Pakistani qawali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, but from the age of ten he was trained in Indian classical singing. He is currently touring with Kuljit Bhamra and Jonathan Mayer as part of the Orlando Consort’s crossover ‘Mantra’ project.
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