Fran & Flora + Ursa Major Moving Group
Join Fran & Flora (Francesca Ter-Berg & Flora Curzon) for a special night celebrating the upcoming release of their long awaited 2nd album. This intimate event is a space to explore new material and showcase some of the fresh stuff. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Fran & Flora captivate audiences with world class performances of music from across eastern-Europe and beyond. Comprising of cellist Francesca Ter-Berg and violinist Flora Curzon, Fran & Flora is born out of a deep friendship, musical bond and shared interests in traditional music, improvisation and sense of adventure. The duos compositions and arrangements stem from the modes and melodies of Klezmer, Transylvanian, Romanian, Greek and Armenian music, as well as drawing on archival recordings. Fran & Flora seek to combine elements of these rich musical traditions with their ever evolving, experimental collaboration.
Unfurl, the debut album by Fran & Flora, was released in February 2019 to critical acclaim. Incorporating tunes and songs collected on their travels, the album was the culmination of three years studio work with producer Sam Beste (The Vernon Spring / Hejira) where they explored their aesthetic, experimenting with interweaving textures and layers, electronics and analogue processing. In June 2020 a 5 track remix EP was released celebrating tracks from Unfurl. Remix artists included Portico Quartet, Deep Throat Choir, Dylan Henner, Enhang Ha (Berlin), The Yellow House and Dylan Henner which was championed by Mary-Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music).
Fran & Flora have appeared live on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, WorldWide FM, Cerys Matthews 6Music and were nominated for ‘Best Live Act’ by the AIM Independent Music Awards and Songlines Music Awards. Supported by the Arts Council England Fund the have toured extensively across the UK and Europe and are recipients of the PRSF Women Make Music Fund. Performances include include Kings Place, The Old Baths, The Vortex, Cafe Oto, Shambala Festival, Ancienne Belgique (Brussels)Berlin), Corsica Studios and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
2022 sees the duo re-grouping to manifest a new body of work to be released later in the year leading into 2023.
Ursa Major Moving Group is the debut project of multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer Ursula Russell. Her forthcoming album is an intense and dynamic musical journal of a process of individuation, wherein songs are offered as myths for a new world. Tracing a constellation of various entangled characters as they perpetually transform and integrate separate parts of self within the context of a mechanised world, Ursula’s stories are a celebration of hyper-sensitivity as a vital technology for change.
Her live performance is an experiment in remaining porous, often effecting a mystical conversation with the invisible world within the room.