Previously on 22 May 2024

Portraits of Cities A Musical Journey by Teodor Doré & Ensemble Sunbeam Theatre

Doors open at 6:30pm, performance begins at 7:30pm

£45 General Admission, £100 Front Row | Free for Patrons

‘Doré has perfectly captured the feel of each city’ – Michael Binyon, The Times 

‘Sophistication and truth’ Time Out Tokyo

‘He performs modern classical music repertoire that also includes his own works’ – La Vanguardia

‘Teodor stands as a pioneer at the vanguard of contemporary music’ El Día

‘One of the brightest representatives of modern music’ – Esquire 

Pianist and composer Teodor Doré aka Fyodor Biryuchev, the sonic storyteller extraordinaire, will present his sixth album, “Portraits of Cities”. This musical masterpiece isn’t just an album; it’s a mesmerizing journey through the beating hearts of megacities across the globe, brilliantly fusing traditional instruments, piano prowess, and electronic wizardry. The concert will feature 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. This 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.

“Portraits of Cities” is like a sonic postcard collection where each composition is a vivid snapshot of a city that has left an indelible mark on Teodor during his globetrotting adventures. These aren’t your average tunes; they are sonic guides, unveiling the hidden gems of urban landscapes with cinematic flair.

This project embodies 8 portraits representing the spirits of cities worldwide, interconnected by the invisible strands of music that transcend boundaries. It bridges East and West, South and North, merging conflicting elements, religions, and truths. Doré’s work encapsulates the art of unity amidst chaos and duality, showcasing the transformative power of music to connect disparate elements into a harmonious essence.

Through an alchemical fusion of traditional instrumentation, the melodic eloquence of the piano, field recordings, and avant-garde electronic elements, Doré’s work transcends mere musical boundaries to become a bridge between disparate worlds. “Portraits of Cities” is a new convergence that celebrates the rich tapestry of global diversity, offering an immersive auditory experience that resonates with cultural connoisseurs and sonic aesthetes alike.

“Portraits of Cities” isn’t just about music; it’s a vibrant tapestry promoting the ideas of multiculturalism and diversity. Teodor seamlessly blends piano melodies with traditional instruments to create a melodic fusion, transcending the boundaries between Western and Eastern musical realms.

In Teodor’s own words, “I aimed to capture my profound inspiration from history and culture by crafting an extraordinary blend of multifaceted musical elements and imagery.”

Get ready to embark on a sensory escapade, where each track breathes life into cities we often overlook. “Portraits of Cities” is an invitation to experience urban landscapes in an entirely new light – a music love letter to the pulse of metropolises, celebrating the rich tapestry of multiculturalism and erasing the boundaries between countries with the deft hand of a musician.

Discover Teodor Doré: Website