Saturday April 21 2012 8:00 PM
VLADIMIR’S CLASSICAL TWIST
Vladimir Jablokov returns for one night only. Playing pieces from his wonderful debut CD Classical Twist: The Album, Vladimir along with his peerless band of exemplary classical musicians will perform his unique, fresh hybrid of music old and new he calls ‘Classical Twist’. From Bach to Beatles, The Stones to Strauss – Vladimir’s superb virtuoso performances delighted national audiences in 2011.
The Classical Twist show wowed audiences the length and breath of the country this past year. Since then Vladimir has released his superb debut CD Classical Twist: The Album and charmed viewers and listeners on The Late Late Show, RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM and many more.
Vladimir is one of the best young musical talents currently playing in Ireland. 'Classical Twist' showcases a dynamic band of Slovak and Irish musicians taking familiar pieces from the world of both the classics and rock-pop; and reworking them in into new, vibrant, exciting shapes.
In the world of 'Classical Twist', Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' sees the swans flying down to Rio for the carnival, the Rolling Stones' 'Paint It Black' is resprayed as a red-hot gypsy mazurka and Lynryd Skynrd's 'Freebird' takes flight into stratospheric regions previously uncharted. Sparkling champagne arrangements are poured into familiar bottles from the Strauss, Brahms and Dvorak cellars; whilst newer vintages from Messrs. Morrison, McCartney and Bowie receive the full Vladimir Classical Twist.
Vladimir Jablokov started playing the violin aged five, making his stage debut at the tender age of ten. Coming from four generations of professional music makers, with a Russian maestro for a father and five musical siblings around him at home; Vladimir is steeped in the classical tradition.
Vladimir arrived in Ireland in 2004 part of the Eastern European diaspora welcomed at the height of the Celtic Tiger years. Originally only planning to stay in Ireland for a few months; he soon found work and money hard to come by. Having little English, he quickly decided to let his music do the talking and started busking on Grafton Street. Getting a taste for live performance, he formed the Slovak Festival Quartet in 2006 with some friends.
With a burgeoning reputation, Vladimir played some of Ireland's most prestigous venues; including The National Concert Hall, The Gaeity Theatre, Marlay Park, Cork Opera House, Limerick UCH and, at the behest of then President McAleese; to an audience in Aras an Uachtarain