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Portraits Of Cities is the pioneering new project by the pianist and composer Teodor Doré

Portraits Of Cities is the pioneering new project by the pianist and composer Teodor Doré Presenting eight uniquely distinct pieces, Doré embarks on an exploration across Europe and Asia, aiming to musically encapsulate the beating heart of various megacities, each a buzzing metropolis that has left an indelible impression on the composer.

The diverse soundscapes that Doré has created are as hypnotic as they are vibrant, resulting in a collection of musical postcards, each artfully representing cities that have profoundly influenced the artist’s creative outlook. Doré’s compositions, executed with a cinematic flair, serve as enchanting guides to each location, unveiling the hidden splendors concealed within their urban landscapes. Through the harmonious fusion of piano melodies and traditional instruments, the project aspires to bridge the cultural divide between the Western and Eastern worlds. Doré further explains: “I aimed to capture my profound inspiration from history and culture, by crafting an extraordinary blend of multifaceted musical elements and imagery.”

Highlights include ‘The Sun Over The Bosphorus’ meticulously crafted at Istanbul’s renowned Babajim Studio with Turkish musicians, integrating traditional instruments like the oud, yayli tambur, darbuka, and riq, accompanied by haunting Sufi vocals. ‘A Rainy Day In Manhattan’ draws inspiration from the cinematic masterpieces of Woody Allen and the timeless melodies of Ella Fitzgerald. ‘Night In Bombay’, featuring the sitar, tabla and Indian harmonium, evokes the cities ineffable and mystical aura, interwoven with the sounds of nocturnal jungle insects and distant power plant beeps and ‘Spring In Barcelona’ begins with a few unassuming notes heard in the subway, where Doré noticed the modest chime preceding the station announcements, moving in to bold flamenco-like guitar. Also featuring compositions inspired by Moscow, Helsinki, Beirut and Bangkok, a global tapestry of music is woven in to the highest level of quality and authenticity, presenting a remarkably exhilarating body of work as a whole.

Teodor Doré’s album features an eclectic ensemble of instruments, including the qanun, sitar, darbuka, clarinet, double bass, violin, bassoon, drums, and captivating Indian and Middle Eastern vocals. These diverse musical elements will come together to engage in a harmonious dialogue with the piano, promising an enriching and unforgettable musical experience for the audience. The ensemble is a unity of talented instrumentalists and vocalists hailing from the UK, Ukraine, Italy, Egypt, Syria, and India, promising a rich and vibrant cultural fusion on stage.

Pianist and composer Teodor Doré’s diverse career spans a very wide spectrum, having released five albums and performed over 150 concerts across five continents. His illustrious career includes collaborations on opera projects like ‘The Queen of Spades’ with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow (III Russian National Opera Award) to composing and performing music for Bollywood movies, theatrical performances and orchestral suites. Teodor’s music has been featured in two notable theatre premieres: ‘Theatre of Gulags’ in London and ‘Say That You Love Me’ in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Stuttgart, and Narva. He has also worked with esteemed conductors such as Fabio Mastrangelo, Nikolai Zinman, Andrei Rein, Manel Valdivieso, and Alexander Walker. Now Doré returns with ‘Portraits Of Cities’ – his best and most ambitious work to date, destined to captivate the creative community worldwide.