Mandolin magic as Avi Avital performs for one night only
AVI AVITAL is back by popular demand, but for one night only on November 8.
Avital will lead the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in a mandolin exploration.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra artistic director Paul Dyer says he is proud to present Avital to audiences, following his sell-out 2014 debut.
"Avi has charisma, sparkle, sensitivity and a disarming musical depth,” Paul explains.
"He holds the audience and those he shares the stage with in the palm of his hand, and then famously captures the moment in a selfie.”
Avital is the first mandolin player to be nominated for a classical Grammy Award and has electrified audiences throughout Israel, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas.
From first picking up the mandolin at the age of eight in Israel, to studying the instrument in Padova, Italy, Avital says he continues to forge new ground for the mandolin and open the world's ears to its potential.
"When I hold the mandolin, it is so much part of me, my voice,” he explains.
"I don't think of it as an instrument, but just an extension of myself.”
Released in 2014, Between Worlds was critically acclaimed and introduced chamber music compositions from Ernest Bloch and de Falla to traditional Bulgarian folk tunes.
CutCommon's Ben Nielsen likened him to some of the world's best rock legends.
"Avital engages the audience like the Mick Jaggers or Jimi Hendrix of the world, but his is a far more delicate musical proposition,” Ben says.
Together with the Brandenburg musicians, audiences will enjoy lightness, virtuosity and romantic sonority.
Venue: Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
Date: Tuesday, November 8
Tickets: $57-$97, plus $6.95 booking fee per transaction