Preetha Narayanan violino
Tara Franks violoncello
A collaboration between Preetha Narayanan (Violin) and Tara Franks (cello), string duo, Balladeste, explore the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments. With traces of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical and folk, the duo creates original compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist.
Violinist Preetha Narayanan and Cellist Tara Franks came together through an understanding of their parallel paths from a classical background to a current practice of collaboration, research, and improvisation. Having developed a duo identity born out of their trio Quest Ensemble, they have created a unique sound of their own and way of working with mutual resonance. Writing through playing, improvising, and finding a shared language without notation, the duo explore the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments as a band. They merge their varied musical experiences to create compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality.Having integrated their duo repertoire into Quest Ensemble performances at venues including Wilton’s Music Hall, Vortex Jazz Club, Southbank and Union Chapel, the duo have received high praise from listeners for their engaging interaction.With a collective array of collaborations and commissions including working with visual artist/dancers; Lucy Steggals, Somang Lee, Ruth Pethybridge, and renowned UK artists Oi Va Voi, Talvin Singh, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Shammi Pithia and Kate Tempest, their varied work and love of collaboratively creating feeds into their process and performance dynamic as a duo.
Violinist Preetha Narayanan and Cellist Tara Franks merge their experiences to create compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet filmic in quality
“gorgeous compositions and swooning melodies with warmth and fervour that demand attention”
The Musician (Top pick album Spring 2018)
“Dazzling musicianship and transportive melodies. An utter privilege to have them on the show”
The Nest Collective – Resonance FM