We are a violin/piano duo able to enhance your event through our music.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Professionalism, Planned programs, Thorough communication.
Classical-Jazz-Songbook-Pop Mix of pieces for weddings-corporate events-private events.
Bow & Hammer:
We create live performance that redefines chamber music through developed relationships.
Founded in 2012, Bow & Hammer represents two friends Kathryn Satoh, violin and Elizabeth Newkirk, piano, performing violin and piano repertoire together. Recognizing the inherent symbiosis between two members in any established duo, Elizabeth and Kathryn have embraced the flow of conflict and resolution necessary to produce a comprehensive relationship.
Bow & Hammer’s work has been recognized and supported by renowned artists such as Harold Green, Angela Yoffe, Nyela Basney, Matthew Ozawa, Sylvia Wong, and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Through diverse collaborations, B&H thrives on multi-disciplinary presentations, working with musicians, dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, and culinary artists, just to name a few. They have performed with groups such as Mozawa, Classical Revolution, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and held residencies at international festivals like Orvieto Musica and Banff Centre for Creative Arts.
In 2014, Bow & Hammer curated “Industry Night”, an intimate performance series that incorporates collaboration beyond the music industry, and envelopes the audience into a “unique and fun music experience unlike any other in Chicago.” The concept of “Industry Night” was a finalist in the 2016 “Performing Social Justice Initiative” Grant through Roosevelt University, and also helped support their election of “Best Classical Group 2016” by the Chicago Reader.
“Élevé”, Bow & Hammer’s second series, was curated in 2016. This residency at Ovation Chicago with Rhine Hall Distillery elevates the concert experience to “another world-one of magic and story.” Bow & Hammer invites other artistic performers to collaborate in “Élevé”, creating diverse programs to embody the original definition of concert: together. WFMT (Chicago’s Classical Radio Station) featured “Élevé” as a “‘Ravelation’ of music and cocktails”, following an evening of Ravel and Fauré, and was also recommended by the Chicago Tribune. They have featured visual artists, poets, actors, and other instrumentalists to create these one-of-a-kind evenings.
Bow & Hammer programs (often underrepresented) works from all musical eras that highlight the relationship between the two opposing instruments. They’ve used their bond to build a new perspective of chamber music by stripping away preconceptions of collaboration in classical music and focusing on the communicative power of their performance, leaving audiences uniquely affected, imprinting the experience upon them.
Additional Booking Notes
We typically perform acoustically, needing an acoustic piano that is tuned.
We have the capability to perform an electronic set, and will need a Power Source for that.
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