BIOGRAPHIES

Catherine BraslavskyCatherine Braslavsky

"Singing is a quest which demands no less than everything of me. I love both utter simplicity and extreme complexity, labyrinthine melody as well as rhythmic power. Yet more important than musical forms, I try to go beyond my limits, and share this with others. I began composing in childhood, but it was only when singing came into my life that I discovered the medieval and Mediterranean repertoire. Since then, my music has always had two aspects: interpretation of traditional musics, and composition."

After her master's degree in mathematics and biology, she began to change careers, finally devoting herself entirely to music.

Studies :
o Lyric Singing : (Paris) Magali Damonte, Philippe Ballois from "A Sei Voci"
o Gregorian Chant : Catholic Institute of Paris with Sister Marie-Claire        
   Billecoq, Vatican specialist in Gregorian Chant;
University of Strasbourg
o Medieval Music : Center for Medieval Music in Paris , Gennevilliers      
   Conservatory
o Indian Music : In Paris, with Pandit Nageswara Rao (Carnatic Chant)

The Harmonic Choir of David Hykes
Soon after their meeting, David Hykes invited Catherine Braslavsky to join his world-renowned Harmonic Choir. Later, she served as a teacher in his workshops.
This collaboration led to extensive concertizing in major concert halls in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Prague, Warsaw, Zurich, Zagreb, Amsterdam, Glasgow... and in France : Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Festival d'Arts sacré of Paris, and the Thoronet Abbey in Provence, among others.

First album, "Alma Anima", first major concerts in trio
It was Pierre Toureille, founder of the prestigious Ocora label of Radio France, who encouraged Catherine Braslavsky to record her first CD, Alma Anima, on the quality traditional music label, Al Sur.
That same year, he arranged a concert for her and her group at Radio France. The following year, she performed at the Périgord International Festival, sharing the billing with artists such as Lakshmi Shankar and Stéphane Grapelli.

Since then
Seven more albums, and many major concerts. Catherine Braslavsky also directs groups of musicians, including "Terra Sancta" (a twelve-member women's choir), the group "Credo" (representing Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions), and her world-musicensemble. She has performed and recorded with artists such as Alain Kremski and Steve Shehan, and also composes and performs music for theater and theatrical concerts. She has recorded for films and for television documentaries, both as singer and as composer.
She teaches singing in Paris, and continues to pursue her research into ancient, medieval, and contemporary musics, and is working on several new albums, as well as music for television and films.

 

Joseph Rowe         

Joseph RoweOf American origin, Joseph Rowe studied pure mathematics, philosophy of religion, transpersonal psychology, and classical guitar. He also studied classical Middle Eastern oud with Hamza El Din, a master whose unique marriage of voice and oud, and of Nubian and Arab influences, has been one of the pioneers of what is now called "world music." He has performed several times onstage with Hamza, notably in a concert with the Grateful Dead in San Francisco.[Go here for a personal memoir of Hamza El Din] He also concertized extensively with other Arab, Persian, and African musicians, as well as with medieval groups. During extensive travels in Africa, he learned and performed with musicians from the Congo (percussion, flute), and with Mideastern dervishes (percussion, voice, oud), as well as with Afro-Brazilian percussionists and healers.

During the 1980's he worked as a radio producer for National Public Radio stations, and was among the first designers of programs combining classical, jazz, world, and new music, and interspersed with cultural and public affairs interviews.

He now lives in Paris, where he has turned more and more to music and theater, working as musician, writer, composer, and actor. Besides his extensive work with Catherine Braslavsky, he has collaborated with Marc Zammit at the Théâtre Molière in Paris, and with Alain Kremski and Michael Lonsdale at the Cluny Museum (Paris Festival of Sacred Art). He has composed music for a number of theater pieces by authors such as Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Jean Giono, and Roland Dubillard. He has also composed and recorded music for French television and documentary films. A writer and storyteller, he writes texts for theatrical performance pieces with music. He has published a number of short stories, poetry, book reviews, and magazine articles. 

In his work as literary translator, he has translated books by authors such as Henry Corbin, Jacques Attali, Régis Debray, Jean-Yves Leloup, Pierre Rabhi, and books on Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.

He is also active in research and teaching in the areas of creative-potential therapy, and exercises for integral evolution making use of theater and music. Partly inspired by his study with Bill Douglas , he has developed his own system of exercises called "Holorhythm," a synthesis of body movements, vocalizations, percussion, speech, and meditation, which help unlock the gates to deep listening, inner and outer attention, and creativity. He teaches workshops and sees individual clients in France and abroad.

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