SILVIA NAIR & MARCOS MADRIGAL
Silvia Nair, voice
Marcos Madrigal, piano
An encounter between two curious and extraordinary artists, coming from different experiences but with converging elements. Two worlds that meet to give life to unique, original and unrepeatable performances. Two concert programs - for voice and piano - lasting about 90 minutes, one on film music and one on musicals.
Available for the Italian and international concert circuit from summer 2023.
Silvia Nair is an Italian artist of international standing. A special artist, unique in terms of personality, for the suggestive artistic career and for the musical world she has created.
She is a singer (4 octaves of vocal range), pianist, songwriter, composer of soundtracks for Cinema and for documentaries, performer. After graduating in Law, she abandoned everything to dedicate herself to music.
Silvia Nair’s first album is 'SUNRISE', released in 2005, first in Japan and then in other Asian countries, made it through to the sales charts. In Italy, the album 'SUNRISE' was launched by a cult-song: 'Shine on now', which for 3 years was the soundtrack of a major TV commercial.
Her career is dotted with prestigious performances. Silvia Nair has performed in Italy and Europe with major Symphony Orchestras conducted by Maestros such as Salvatore Accardo, Karl Martin, Marco Boni etc. She performed in many concerts in prestigious theatres, artistic locations, Unesco sites and in many TV selected programmes .
Silvia Nair performed with several famous Italian artists: Franco Battiato, Lucio Dalla, Claudio Baglioni, Ron, etc.
She sang for Heads of State: in Brazil, for President Lula; in Jordan for the Royal family; in the Italian Parliament, in a major charity event with Andrea Bocelli; several times in Vatican (she has sung for 2 Popes - John Paul II and Benedict XVI). She was the special guest in international gala events in Beijing and Shanghai; was invited to Los Angeles to the ‘Carousel of Hope Ball 2010’ at the Beverly Hills Hilton (with cinema and music stars as Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez, Quincy Jones, Jane Fonda, Stevie Wonder...).
Silvia Nair’s second album is ‘ITHACA’, released in Italy in 2011, with songs entirely written, composed, played piano by her. The album was also performed live in a suggestive voice-piano tour and received the prestigious ‘Lunezia Prize' in 2012 special mention for its musical-literary value.
In 2011 Silvia Nair received the 'Montecarlo Prize’ as ‘International artistic revelation', reward to the Italian professionalism in the world.
‘LUCI E OMBRE' is the Silvia Nair’s third album, released at the end 2020 In Italy as European preview and in South Korea as Asian preview. It’s a very special record that had the privilege to be produced by a phenomenal Dutch production team, made of Franck Van Der Heijden (arranger for Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, dj David Guetta, David Garrett, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, etc.) and Michael La Grouw. Highly qualified musicians, string orchestras and sound engineers also collaborated in its creation. This album was recorded in the historic Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum and in Amsterdam, mixed by Ronald Prent and mastered in New York by Grammy Award as mastering engineer Darcy Proper. It includes the duet with the international star of Opera, the tenor Vittorio Grigolo and as special guest the violinist David Garrett.
In summer 2023 will be released the English version album ‘Lights and Shadows’ in the international market and will start the concert tour with symphony orchestra and voice piano solo.
Nair wrote the Italian lyrics for the main song of the French-Canadian animated film ‘BALLERINA’, box office blockbuster 2017. She composed the music for the film ‘LA DIREZIONE DEL TEMPO’ by Vincenzo Stango and for the docufilm ‘QUESTO E’ MIO FRATELLO’ by Marco Leopardi, both co-produced by RAI, presented at the 'Rome Film Festival' 2018; for the thriller movie ‘ANJA - REAL LOVE GIRL' by Pablo Benedetti and Paolo Martini on Amazon and Netflix Europe; for the film ‘EL NUMERO NUEVE’ about the life and career of the Argentine champion Gabriel Batistuta by Pablo Benedetti, presented at the ‘Rome Film Festival’ 2019 (the title track song ‘FREEDOM’ has become a single); for the documentary ‘THE MONSTERS OF FLORENCE' by American director Andrea Vogt, broadcasted on Italian LA7 and on Netflix Europe; the drama film ‘BENVENUTO PAPA’ broadcasted on RAI 1.
She has composed music for documentaries broadcasted on RAI program, Discovery Channel and History Channel Worldwide, in U.K., USA, ZDF German.
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“He gave absolutely superb performances throughout the evening, handling the repertoire like a great master, with superb variety of touch. His entire programme was quite out of this world!” (Bill Newman – Music & Vision).
Marcos Madrigal was born in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, he graduated with honors from the The University of Arts of Cuba (ISA), under the guidance of the renowned professor and pianist Teresita Junco. He attended Master Classes at the Conservatory of Southern Switzerland in Lugano and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he had the chance to study with Andreas Staier, Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts'ong, John Perry, Malcolm Bilson and especially with his mentor William Grant Naboré.
He has performed in recitals, and as a soloist with orchestra, in many of the most renowned concert halls of the world, such as the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, the Queen Elizabeth Hall of London, the National Concert Hall of Dublin, the Auditorium Manuel de Falla of Granada, the Bucharest Opera House, the Volkstheater of Vienna, the Teatro Rossini of Pesaro, the Teatro delle Muse of Ancona, The Roman Theatre of Verona, and the Qintai Grand Theater in China, working with notable conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Leo Brower, Paul Mann, Enrique Diemecke and Lorenzo Ramos. Madrigal has also collaborated in several projects with Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani, as well as with other distinguished composers in the film and theater world.
In 2015, he gave his celebrated debut in the United States at the Finney Hall in Oberlin, Ohio.
Since 2017 he has been the Artistic Director of Habana Clásica, an international classical music festival held in Havana, Cuba.
He has received several awards in important international piano competitions, among which are the International Piano Competition ‘Premio Jaén’ (Spain), the ‘Panama International Piano Competition’, the International Piano Competition ‘María Clara Cullel’ (Costa Rica), and the International Piano Competition ‘Ignacio Cervantes” (Cuba).
In 2012, he was awarded the International Award “Gold Medal Maison des Artistes”, granted by the Association for Culture, Arts, Science and Social Commitment at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Among his most recent recordings are Homo Ludens, with M° Leo Brouwer; Concert for Four Hands, with Cuban pianist Teresita Junco; the Opera Omnia for Piano and Orchestra of José María Vitier; a monograph dedicated to Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Cuba, which was critically acclaimed and won numerous awards, among which are the Choc de Classica (France), the Melómano de Oro (Spain), the Cubadisco 2016 (Cuba), and the 5 stars of Diapason (France).
Madrigal has recorded live concerts and has participated in several programs for many Radio and TV channels all over the world, such as the BBC, Vatican Radio, Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), Radio Suisse Romande (RSR), and the Italian Rai Radio 3, which in 2013 broadcast a 5-episode documentary dedicated to his life with the title “Piano Libre – The other music of Cuba”.
Lecuona, Danzas cubanas
Tema de Sofía (ft. José María Vitier)
Fønikskoncert – Mahler, Mozart & Sostakovic
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- LADY, BE GOOD (1924) by George Gershwin. Song ’The man I love’”
- SHOW BOAT’ (1927) by Jerome Kern. Song ‘Ol’ man river'
- PORGY AND BESS (1935) by George Gershwin. Song ’Summertime’
- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1973) by Stephen Sondheim. Song 'Send in the Clowns’ - LES MISERABLES (1980) by Claude Michel Schonberg. Song ‘I dreamed a dream’ - CATS (1981) by A.L. Webber. Song ‘Memory'
- THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’ (1986) by A.L. Webber. Song ’Think of me’
- VERY WARM FOR MAY (1939) by Jerome Kern. Song ‘All the things you are'
- ONE TOUCH OF VENUS’ 1943) by Kurt Weill. Song 'Speak love’
- MY FAIR LADY (1956) by Frederick Loewe. Song ‘I could have danced all night - WEST SIDE STORY’(1957) by Leonard Bernstein ’Somewhere’
- FUNNY GIRL (1964) by Jule Styne. Song ‘People’
- SUNSET BOULEVARD’ (1993) by A.L.Webber. Song ‘With one look’ ‘As if we never said goodbye'
Music for the Cinema
- THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) by Harold Arlen. Song ‘Over the rainbow'
- SABRINA (1954) by Edith Piaf. Song ‘La vie en rose'
- THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (1917) by Pasek/Paul. Song ’Never enough’
- TOP HAT (1935) by Irving Berlin. Song ‘Cheek to cheek'
- ROBERTA (1935) by Jerome Kern. Song ’Smoke gets in your eyes’-
- BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) by Henri Mancini. Song ‘Moon river'
- ROMEO E GIULIETTA (1968) by Nino Rota. Song ‘Ai giochi addio’
- C’ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST (1968) by Ennio Morricone. Song ‘Your love’ - THE WAY WE WERE (1973) by David Buck. Song ’The way we were’
- NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977) by John Kander. Song ’New York theme'
- MISSION (1986) by Ennio Morricone. Song ‘Gabriel’s oboe’