Alexander Balanescu

Weston Studio

A premiere of work, produced by Balanescu during his specially commissioned residency at the University.

The residency purpose was to explore the idea that sounds in the environment affect and shape us. Provoking reactions and experiences that actively resist the drive towards cultural uniformity. A response in music, to the increasing number of languages we encounter in our everyday lives.

Balanescu spent time with researchers and students from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) and University of Bath partner institution, Télécom Paristech, conducting interviews and making recordings. At Real World Studios, Balanescu used the recorded material to form a masterful new composition for this performance.

Balanescu, himself a speaker of five languages, is fluent perhaps in the sixth and most universal of all languages, music.

Balanescu began his career in music aged seven, when he studied at the Special School for Music in Bucharest. Continuing his classical training at The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, London’s Trinity College and The Julliard School in New York. Balanescu is a former member of London Sinfonietta and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. Balanescu is currently leader of The Michael Nyman Ensemble.

Balanescu’s unique presence is far reaching. Previous collaborations include, among many others: The Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Goldfrapp, Spiritualized and David Byrne.

Celebrated violinist, recording artist and composer, Alexander Balanescu, explores the idea that we all operate in a multilingual environment; even if we do not speak or understand multiple languages.