DATE: Sunday, 20th April, 2014
TIME: 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Lyth Arts Centre
Karmana in concert April 20, 2014

guitar virtuoso Simon Thacker and the outstanding young Polish cellist
Justyna Jablonska present Karmana (Sanskrit for
"performing anything by means of magic"), combining elements from
classical, jazz, Indian, Flamenco, Celtic, Balkan and other powerful
musical systems mixed with Simon's unique experiences performing with
musicians from around the world, resulting in an exhilarating meeting of
musical styles, cultures and traditions, performed by two leading

Karmana mingles compositional
ingenuity, captivating rhythmic invention and improvisational grace and fervour
with the incredible sonic palette of guitar and cello.

Justyna Jablonska holds an MMus in solo performance from the RNCM, where she
studied with the principal cellist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter
Dixon. In 2011 Justyna was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Aldeberska
Trust in Gothenburg, Sweden, which enabled her to study at the Swedish National
Orchestra Academy. Justyna has been the recipient of numerous scholarships from
The Waddell Trust in Edinburgh, as well as the RNCM scholarship and the
Scholarship of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of

Simon Thacker, one of Europe's leading guitarists, is leader of and composer
for ground breaking ensembles including Indian/Western supergroup Svara-Kanti,
with whom he recently released the CD Rakshasa, which was hailed across the
world in over 40 reviews as a new benchmark in intercultural collaboration,
with Simon's works played on over 200 radio station in the USA. Simon made his
debut as soloist with the RSNO in 2012, is Head of Guitar at Edinburgh Napier
University, has been nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was a
winner of the 50th Park Lane Group Awards.

"A veritable tour de force that took the breath

 Rainlore's World of Music

"Not only is Mr. Thacker a sublime technician
but his artistry seems to soar above that of most mere mortals."

The World Music Report

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