The Cyprus-born performer known as Narcissta will be performing at Nicosia’s CVAR Centre of Visual Arts & Research on Friday, September 15.
It not until you actually see – and hear – Narcissta perform that you get a better understanding of what this explosive artist is all about and so the 8.30pm concert provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Narcissta’s love for the composers of the 20th century is hard to miss, with a strong preference for the works of Kenneth Leighton, Bela Bartok, Joaquin Turina, Isaac Albeniz, Alberto Ginastera, Johannes Brahms and Aram Khachaturian, to name a few.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Narcissta also uses pop anthems from famous artists such as Rage Against the Machine, Pharell Williams, The White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stamatis Kraounakis – and many more diverse artists – to create an unexpected and diversified ‘musical collage’.
“What I do is create a ‘collage’ of classical piano works and modern popular music. I choose what I like to listen to and play, whether it be classical or pop or rock or even Greek songs, and just dare to mash them up,” Narcissta says.
“I love to leave the listener unable to determine where the classical masterpiece ends and the pop radio hit begins,” she notes, adding: “And much more; I love to confuse audiences and divide opinions as to whether I’m allowed to mess, at all, with classical music. Then again, an artist should experiment without the fear of judgement and criticism.”
As well as captivating audiences, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama graduate’s own enthusiasm for what she does can’t be ignored.
“This is a creative procedure that I find extremely intriguing as I am often amazed and surprised by how pieces with a centuries-long gap in between – and from such different genres – can share enough common ground to dare and give it a go and match them,” she confides.
The result is explosive, especially when combined with Narcissta’s passionate playing and temperament-filled musicality.
The CVAR Centre of Visual Arts & Research is situated at 285 Ermou Street, Nicosia. Narcissta’s September 15 concert begins at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at €15 and will be available at the door on the night. The price includes entrance to a cocktail party on the venue’s roof bar following the concert.
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