Wednesday 25.5 at 6pm at Arkadia: Concert by Duo-Kaksi

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to a concert by Duo-Kaksi on Wednesday 25.5 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Duo-Kaksi is a new formation founded by Marina Vidal (violoncello) and Carmen Torrano (double bass), both are Master students at Sibelius Academy (Helsinki).

Duo-Kaksi is an atypical duo (cello and bass) created by the need to explore new acoustic possibilities through the interpretation of different styles ranging from Baroque to the most unconventional and unknown compositions, aiming to provide a new fresh tune to the performances.

Hymn II for cello and double bass, Alfred Schnittke:
Sonata à Deux (1737-40), Jean-Bapstiste Barriere:
Hommage à Federico Garcia Lorca (2002)., André Klenes:


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Sonata à deux, Jean Barriere (1707-1747) / Allegro/Largo /Allegro
Hymnn II (1974), Alfred Schnittke / Sonata in F Major
Georg Philipp Telemann (1615-1767) / Spirituoso/Larghetto/Allegro assai

PAUSE (5’)

Duetto per violoncello e contrabasso (1824), Giacomo Rossini /Allegro/Andante molto/Allegro
Four Timbre pieces (1992), Donald Erb / Illusions/Bariolage
Fantasia, Fray Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde (ca.1580/90-post.1638)

The program of this concert aims captivate the audience with compositions originally written for cello and double bass going through different styles and also some transcriptions. Starting with the most pure and structured French Baroque Music, the journey takes us to the Hymn II by Alfred Schnittke, based on the vocal tradition of the Orthodox Church, plays with dissonances, harmonics and extreme tessitures creating a dark atmosphere which reminiscents the Stalinist period, the same one that the composer lived in Moscow while he was composing the work. In order to contrast, the canon “Spirituoso” by G.P Telemann breaks the dark atmosphere of the previous piece and brings some lightness.

In the second half, the music by Rossini provides a comic relief, which is quite characteristic from his famous operas, full of lyrical moments and small musical jokes aimed at the viewer to enjoy listening the contrasting ideas. As a main dish of the timbral explosion, Donal Erb gives the most contemporary touch of the concert with a piece created to bring out the bounds of the technical resources of these two instruments: harmonics, double stops, frenetic rhythms and even the voice of performers. All kind of sounds will make the audience to forget that this duo is made up of two string instruments. To close the musical event, a tribute to Spanish Renaissance with a short taste of Fray Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde.


Spanish cellist Marina Vidal (Tarragona, 1990) has been studying and working as a freelance musician in Finland since two years ago. Currently she is finishing Master’s degree in Sibelius Academy with professor Martti Rousi and delving into her principal interests: chamber music, orchestra playing, baroque performances and musical pedagogy. As a cellist she has played in ensembles as NJO (National Dutch Orchestra Academy), JONDE (Spanish youth National Orchestra), Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera of Barcelona), Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, among others. As future projects she is going to take part in the Verbier Festival Orchestra in summer 2016.

CARMEN TORRANO, double bass.

Carmen studied clarinet and double bass at the ”Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Murcia” (Spain). In 2009 she moved to Holland to study the first two years of Bachelor in the speciality of double bass at ”Rotterdam Conservatory” (Codarts). Later on she moved to Finland as an exchange student at Sibelius Academy, where she continued and finished the Bachelor. Currently she is completing her Master degree at Sibelius Academy with Panu Pärssinen and baroque double bass ,as a secondary instrument, with Maria Vahervuo.

She has participated several festivals like ”Aurora Chamber Music Festival” (Sweden), ”Ung Nordisk Musik” (UNM), and “Kirkko soikoon-festivaalin 20-vuotisjuhlakonsertti” Broadcasted on Yle. Carmen has been member of “Baltic Youth Philarmonic” (2012-2013) and “Orquesta Sinfónica de Jóvenes de la Región de Murcia” (2005-2008).

As a professional bass player Carmen has been working with ”Kuninkaantien Muusikot”, ”Finnish Baroque Orchestra”, ”Helsinki Baroque Orchestra” and “La Lyra Hispana” with early music instruments. And as a tutti bass player with “Turku Philharmonic Orchestra” (2013-2014).