Described as "fiercely passionate" by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction DJ Max Reinhardt Fran & Flora captivate their audiences with soulful laments, exquisite songs, irresistible dance tunes, and tales of their musical adventures.
This new collaboration between ninja violinist Flora Curzon and folk/experimental cellist Francesca Ter-Berg combines aspects of traditional string music and song from Eastern Europe with original compositions and improvisation. Having travelled across Europe to study with many great masters of Eastern European Roma and Klezmer music Fran & Flora perform this repertoire incorporating their own unique arrangements creating a sound that is both timeless and contemporary.
Fran & Flora embark on this new musical journey together after many years collaborating with groundbreaking artists including Talvin Singh (Mercury Prize Winner), Sam Lee & Friends (BBC Folk Award winner), Hejira, Dunajska Kapelye, the London Klezmer Quartet, Cosmo Sheldrake and Frank London (Klezmatics, US).
Their album will be released on Lima Limo Records in 2018.
Reviews & Testimonials
"Outstanding" - Talvin Singh OBE
"Truly Unique" - Fire in The Mountain Festival
"Fran & Flora gave an intimate and captivating performance to a sold-out crowd. From start to finish the audience were engaged with their presence, humour and music. It was evident the two are deeply connected to the music they perform and the unique twist on the traditional tunes was the creative interplay and relationship between Fran and Flora. We look forward to having them back again!" - Risa at The Green Note, Camden
"Francesca and Flora are fiercely passionate about their music and its a passion that they effortlessly communicate to their audience. They are a winning and magical admixture of instrumental excellence, captivating playing and singing ability, delectable stage presence, supremely well chosen eastern european repertoire and matchless original tunes... This a string duo bound for glory." - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3's Late Junction
"Fran & Flora both share a vivacious and infectious enthusiasm for the world of music, an enthusiasm which is not wedded to any particular tradition but instead stems from a fundamental interest in human expression. Together they make music which is nothing short of magical, borne of true friendship, shared experience, mutual trust, and a willingness to surrender in performance through listening ." - Sam Beste, Hejira & Lima Limo Records
"Dazzling virtuosity combined with an expertly informed knowledge of Eastern European folk traditions come together effortlessly in this joyous partnership between violinist Flora Curzon and cellist Francesca Ter-Berg." - Darkly Artful, Jamboree
"The evening of eclectic performance ended with the spectacular duo, Fran & Flora. Fran on cello had a deep, vibrant sound, often accompanying the simply gorgeous tone of Flora's fiddle, and sometimes taking the melody herself. They played a mixture of Jewish, Romanian and Moldovian songs, but really surprised us when they put their instruments down to sing a Romani song in harmony. They played beautifully together: we would have happily listened to them for an hour instead of 20 minutes. They had everyone enthralled. They play so well as a duo, and have a charming performance style to boot. As soloists and as a duo, Fran & Flora are musicians to follow. "
- Maya Levy, from Open Arts Café on November 24th 'In Actual Fact'