Category Archives: Classical

Fascinating Aïda

I can’t believe it’s been this long since Fascinating Aïda was here, they are so funny.
On an earlier post in the old blog I had two of their great songs “Cheap Flights” and “Dogging”, both particularly British phenomenons.

Fascinating Aïda have in the past been described as “Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrew Sisters.”

So after checking around I found some new songs I’d missed.

First up is Fascinating Aïda’s post-Brexit song, this is hilarious whether you were for or agin Brexit. Or even if you don’t care. Check it out.

So Sorry Scotland

Sung by Fascinating Aïda at the Spiegeltent, Assembly, Edinburgh Festival 2016. “SO SORRY SCOTLAND”by Lyrics by Adèle Anderson, Liza Pulman & Dillie Keane: Music by Dillie Keane. Filmed by LA Media. With enormous thanks to William Burdett-Coutts and Sharon Burgess.

Now this one resonates with me a bit, and only they could make it funny. Though to be accurate Laura Linney did a pretty good job on it in the Showtime series a few years back.

So kick back and enjoy their take on the Big C.
Big C

As part of World Cancer Day (4th Feb 2017), we’ve decided to release this song on YouTube. Adèle, of course, was diagnosed with Big C in the spring of 2015 and we felt we had to write a song about it, if only to make ourselves laugh. It made it into our 2016 Edinburgh show – “Back In The Saddle” – and when we finally reconvene in 2018, it will no doubt make an appearance then too. Filmed by LA Media at the Assembly Spiegeltent, taken from the Fascinating Aïda DVD BACK IN THE SADDLE, available from their website.

For those of us outside the UK. Here the official version, but I like the Fascinating Aïda description better.
“OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.”
Enjoy this song about Ofsted.
OFSTED song for teachers

Fascinating Aïda in this video are: Dillie Keane in the blue. Adele Anderson in red. And, in yellow, the glorious Liza Pulman.

This final gem tips their hat to Gilbert & Sullivan among others, only Fascinating Aïda could bring humour into the banking arena. Enjoy.
The Market

Elin Ivarsson

Meet another amazing Scandinavian songbird.
Elin Ivarsson is a very talented singer/songwriter from Kalix, Sweden, currently based in Brighton, England. Kalix is close to Finland, sadly a section of Sweden I never got to visit.

Elin Ivarsson is a mean classical guitar player, her mastery of the instrument is just sublime. And her songwriting skills are superb, she writes stripped back songs from the heart. They are things of beauty, each to be admired in their own light.

So do we want to hear the music? Of course, let’s get to it.

First up today Louie Louié Presents – The wonderful Elin Ivarsson as she passes through to share this elegantly smooth and captivating performance of her track ‘Leaving Song’ for Stripped Back Bare live sessions. Amazing guitar work and beautiful vocals,
Leaving Song

Video directed, filmed, edited and graded by Louie Syred
(with great help from and a special thanks to Ben Cox and Julian Beresford of Gnarled Apple Productions )
Sound recorded, mixed and mastered by Louie Syred

I have always loved the skill shown when playing classical guitar, Andres Segovia and John Williams come to mind. Elin is a true master of the classical guitar, and this piece is sublime. An exquisite performance of ‘Lotty’ from Elin Ivarsson exclusively for the Clockwork Owl Sessions.
Lotty

Recorded, mixed, shot and edited by Tim Bidwell at Clockwork Owl Studio.

A beautiful song about her homeland, and with that warm pure voice and her perfect guitar playing this is a song to savor. No real data about where and when this was recorded, the video was uploaded in July last year.
Norbotten

Recorded in Frankfurt 22 July 2016 while recording her latest album. More superb music. The title is my guess since no more info is given. But just kick back and listen, it’s just beautiful.
Another day older

Here’s a beautiful guitar piece, truly shows of her skills on the six strings.
A brilliant simplicity in the tune, yet not so simple to play.
Instrumental song

So today we close with Elin’s interpretation of one of Leonard Cohen’s lesser known songs (unless you are a long time fan). A beautiful version and just listen to the beauty of the guitar sound. This was recorded a few years back.
The Partisan

I’m sure Leonard would approve.

Amadeus Electric Quartet

Today we are featuring the hottest band in Europe, they are the Amadeus Electric Quartet , and they hail from Bucharest, Romania.

There is definitely something that attracts me to a group of beautiful, talented women with strings attached. And the Amadeus Electric Quartet certainly fits that bill.

Challenging on the same stage contradictory music styles – Classical, Fusion, Pop, Balkan, Bossa Nova, Jazz – Andreea, Patricia, Naomi and Bianca managed to break patterns in 2000 and become one of the most original bands in Europe. The fresh musical style, the virtuosity and the energy on stage earned the band a fast growing fan base, hundreds of concerts all over the world and 6 albums with original music sold out in the 15 years since the band’s formation.

Amadeus Electric Quartet are:
Andreea Runceanu – violin
Bianca Gavrilescu – violin
Patricia Cimpoiasu – cello
Naomi Anelis – piano

This is their new single “Earth Song” it is their tribute to Mother Nature, their home. This music video was filmed in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, Ciucas Peak, Lake Saint Ana, Bucegi Mountains, Dobrogea.
Romania is beautiful! As is this piece of music, it certainly captures the beauty of the countryside.
Earth Song

Video directed, filmed and edited by GT Production.
This is an original song written for Amadeus by Xenti Runceanu, our amazing composer and music producer.

Oh my oh my, this is just too beautiful for words. The scenery, the ambiance, the beautiful young ladies and the beautiful music. Just enjoy, there are no more words.
She’s The One

Credits:
Video : George Mihailescu
Instrumental arrangement : Xenti Runceanu
Composers : Robbie Williams, John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Guy Chambers, Karl Wallinger
Mix & mastering : Cătălin Gușă
Ballet dancer : Cosmina Dinu
Production / Photography : Robert Marooni

Here they have a full orchestra lurking behind them, out of sight, and they produce a stunning and stirring rendition of one of the great arias from my favorite opera.
Carmen (Habanera)

Musical director : Xenti Runceanu ;
Video / Lights / Video Edit : OnScreen ;
Choreography : Andreea Meiros
Special Effects : Best Event ;
Photography : Robert Marooni ;
Project & Tour Management : Marius Beju.
Thank you for your support : Biavati Events Bucharest, Ingenium Media and Cristina Ionescu.

📷 Paul Buciuta

Storm a decidedly different version of the Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi performed by the Amadeus Electric String Quartet. You almost hear a touch of AC/DC Thunderstruck This one really rocks.
Storm

Performance at Mitsubishi Attrage launch event in Cairo, Egypt.
We thank Constantin Simion, Serban Tamasanu, Digital Workshop, Alaa El Saadany, Diamond Motors & Mitsubishi Motors for this video!

This is an instrumental cover of the song by Adila Sedraia/Pascal Koeu. A beautiful cover I must say. They don’t give us the name of the city, and it’s not one I recognise. But it looks cool.
Dernière Danse

Instrumental arrangement is written by Xenti Runceanu and it is recorded in his studio.
Video is directed, filmed & edited by George Mihailescu.