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andPlay is the New York City-based duo of Maya Bennardo (violin) and Hannah Levinson (viola), who first met as students at Oberlin Conservatory. The two musician-educators are committed to expanding the existing violin/viola repertoire by commissioning new works (over 40 to date) and actively collaborating with living artists. On Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm the duo will present their latest project Translucent Harmonies at SPACES. Th concert is free
We caught up with andPlay to discuss past and present projects, including Translucent Harmonies, their immersive No Exit Presents concert program of two complementary works composed in just intonation.
Laura King: Tell us about Maya and Hannah’s musical journeys and the serendipity and chemistry that brought you together as andPlay.
andPlay: We initially met at Oberlin Conservatory (so we are always happy to come back to Ohio!) through a mutual non-musician friend. Though we were both there for a conservatory education, Oberlin is a great environment for contemporary music, and our experiences performing in the Contemporary Ensemble there definitely made us both more excited about new music. Hannah had been much more classically minded until that point, while Maya had already been experimenting with contemporary music, improvisation, and composition in high school.
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Published on ClevelandClassical.com May 9, 2023.