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AE & Nanuka Tchitchoua: Moving Images and Song
The Velaslavasay Panorama
Los Angeles, CA
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AE & Nanuka Tchitchoua: Moving Images and Song
AE & Nanuka Tchitchoua: Moving Images and Song
Thursday, June 17, 2010
8 o'clock pm

An evening marking the collaborative debut of artists Nanuka Tchitchoua and AE (Aurelia Shrenker and Eva Salina Primack); presenting songs from diverse traditions finely interwoven with moving images from the Caucasus and beyond.

Nanuka Tchitchoua creates in diverse media and technologies. She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1978. The crumbling societal structure in Georgia forced her family to flee in the early 90s. Throughout this, she developed a personal aesthetic through painting and later filmmaking; a spiritual collision of fragmentary epochs predisposed with a sense of deep connections to her ancestral past, and the fragile translucence of the present. After emigrating to the United States in 1992, she studied at the California Institute of the Arts, receiving a BFA in Art in 2000 and an MFA in Experimental Filmmaking in 2002. Nana is a long time collaborator with her husband, Travis Wade Ivy and over the past seven years she has been associated with The Museum of Jurassic Technology as the Tula Tea Room Liaison.  

Aurelia Shrenker and Eva Salina Primack have been performing together as AE ("ash") since 2007. Based in Brooklyn, NY, they perform internationally and have just released their debut CD, the self-titled AE. Playing to hugely diverse audiences in sold-out shows at venues ranging from Joe's Pub in New York City to Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA, these two young women bring together their deep understanding of different vocal traditions to create something new and daring with each song. They have chosen the name AE because it represents something of a dual nature--not singular, not plural, but exactly two. Accordion and Georgian panduri often add a further dimension to the naked and honest beauty of two unaccompanied voices, creating a rich tapestry with varied texture and ambiance in their live performance. Their repertoire includes songs from Appalachian, Balkan, Caucasus Georgian, and Corsican traditions. In addition to their album, AE is featured in the soundtrack of "The Great Soviet Eclipse", the newest film produced under the auspices of the Museum of Jurassic Technology ( AE's work is rooted in folk culture and never falls short of being visceral and provocative--in their music, youthful exuberance and reverence for ancient tradition seamlessly coincide.

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Eva Salina Primack has been studying, performing, and teaching Balkan music since she was a young child. She has traveled and performed internationally, worked with many well-known Balkan and American musicians, including Slavic Soul Party!, Which Way East, Kadife, Veveritse, Seido Salifoski's Romski Boji, √Édessa, Tzvetanka Varimezova, Italian Balkan Jazz Project Opa Cupa and KITKA. Eva received a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.  In addition to her work as a performer, Eva teaches singing in New York City and internationally at camps, workshops and festivals.

Aurelia Shrenker has been singing music from various world traditions from the time she was thirteen years old. While growing up in the Northeastern United States she traveled extensively, both on her own sojourns and with Vermont-based touring ensemble Northern Harmony. Aurelia has focused on Georgian music over the last decade and visited the country on numerous occasions as a musician, volunteer, and tour-guide. Aurelia received her BA from NYU's Gallatin School with a concentration in Pedagogy, Literacy and Orality. She performs both as a soloist and with AE.



The Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
United States

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