No stranger to Church Stretton Arts Festival, Harriet MacKenzie has been a very popular artist here in previous years, with Classico Latino and Retorica. She now returns as part of this lively trio, Kosmos…
Twice winners of ‘Selected Artists’ by the Making Music organisation, the internationally acclaimed Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. United by a shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe as well as the rigours of classical training each member brings individual flavour to the group. The musicians are soloists in their own right: Harriet is an international concerto soloist and chamber musician with a particular interest in contemporary music; Meg is a unique viola player specialising in world and folk music styles including Celtic, Romanian, Greek and Middle-Eastern music; Milos is an international competition winner on the classical accordion with a passion for tango and Balkan music
They have each travelled extensively, performing with and learning from musicians from all over the world, as well as within the broad multiculturalism of London’s music scene. They have collectively studied music from North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Serbia, Romanian Jewish and Gypsy music, Greek Rembetika, Island (Nissiotika) music, Argentine tango, Brazilian samba, flamenco, Celtic and jazz traditions as well as contemporary classical music. The members of Kosmos combine all their knowledge with a respect for their own Western classical music training, performing freely with panache, innovation and creativity, incorporating improvisation into their own unique arrangements and compositions.
Kosmos has performed all over Europe as well as at the UK’s most prestigious music festivals and venues, including London’s Southbank Centre, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Kings Place, Leeds International Concert Season, Oundle, Ryedale, Swaledale, Deal, Wales and Wimbledon International Festivals, tours in Scotland, the Channel Islands, Poland, Italy and Greece with live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. The trio has collaborated with tango and flamenco dancers, rope artists, celtic and jazz musicians, Juice vocal ensemble. Composers who have written for Kosmos include Robert Fokkens, Ben Ellin and Ben Oliver.
Kosmos is also proud of its outreach work and has performed all around Britain as part of the Live Music Now! Scheme. The group has had amazing experiences bringing music to children with special needs, older people, prisoners and victims of human trafficking.
Harriet, Meg and Milos have crafted a programme unique to Kosmos, inspired by music from all around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements by and for the ensemble, and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.
Kosmos is: Harriet MacKenzie – violin, Meg Hamilton – viola, Miloš Milivojević – accordion.
Kosmos has a Website