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.