Fran & Flora Presents…Fran & Flora + Beka Reid
Fran & Flora present the part #3 of 3 Residency events at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, a double bill with Beka Reid.
Rebekah Reid is a vibrant and versatile violinist, composer, producer and loop pedal artist specialising in classical and jazz repertoire, improvisation and composition. Combining classical string techniques with electronics, Rebekah crafts unique sound worlds creating a tonal narrative that captures a listeners’ imagination.
Rebekah has taken her solo live loop pedal set across the UK, with performances at the Portico Library in Manchester supporting Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones, Manchester Art Gallery for Sofar Sounds, and the Royal Albert Hall – the Elgar Room in March 2019. She has featured in Jazzwise Magazine, Fame Magazine, appeared on NTS and Worldwide FM, and her solo compositions have had radio plays on BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction) and BBC Radio 4 (commissioned for the podcast ’28(ish) Days Later).
Alongside her solo career, Rebekah has lead workshps for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) and tours extensively with orchestras, ensembles and bands across the UK and internationally. She’s been involved in a number of high-profile projects and collaborations, including playing on recordings for NAO and Emma-Jean Thackray, performances on the BBC Proms with the Chineke Orchestra, the Mercury Awards 2021 with Celeste and performing with Soul 2 Soul on their 2022 UK tour.
Rebekah is also leader and manager of Täpp – a dynamic and experimental loop pedal music collective. Täpp released their debut album ‘I like what I do // I do what I like’ in June 2021, and performed their debut as a collective at the Royal Albert Hall – Elgar Room in November 2021. Täpp has featured in Jazzwise Magazine and Decoded Magazine, appeared on Worldwide FM and had radio plays on BBC 1Xtra (Jamz Supernova), BBC Radio 3 (Elizabeth Alker and Linton Stephens) and BBC 6 Music (Moses Boyd for Guy Garvey’s show).
Multi award-nominated duo Fran & Flora captivate audiences with world-class performances of music from across eastern-Europe. Comprising of Francesca Ter-Berg (cello/vox/electronics) and Flora Curzon (violin/vox/electornics), this ever-evolving collaboration is born out of a long-standing friendship and shared passion for traditional music and improvisation. Their compositions and unique arrangements stem from the modes and melodies of Yiddish traditional music, Klezmer, Romanian and Transylvanian music.
Unfurl, the debut album by Fran & Flora (2019) was received with critical acclaim: ‘Border-defying’ – Mojo; ‘An album of beguiling beauty’ – The Wire; ‘Brave and classy’ – Robin Denselow, The Guardian. Incorporating tunes and songs collected on their travels across Europe, the album was the culmination of three years studio work with producer Sam Beste (The Vernon Spring / Hejira) experimenting with interweaving textures and layers, electronics and analogue processing. They will release their self-produced 2nd album ‘Precious Collection’ in Autumn 2023.
Fran & Flora have been supported by PRS Women Make Music, Help Musicians UK and the Arts Council England, and have sold-out venues including Kings Place and Cafe Oto (London), The Cube (Bristol), Cobalt Studios (Newcastle), Kitchen Garden Cafe (Birmingham), Shambala Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Shtetl Neukolln (Berlin), and Ancienne Belgique (Brussels). The duo are currently hosting an artist-residency at the boutique Dalston venue Servant Jazz Quarters showcasing their new material and that of esteemed colleagues and friends in the folk & alternative/experimental British scene.
‘Border-defying’ – Mojo
‘vibrant, mournfully expressive, and creatively imaginative’ – Line Of Best Fit
‘Indisputable virtuosity and a down-to-earth gleefulness’ – Songlines Magazine
‘An album of beguiling beauty’ – The Wire