AVA is a cinematic instrumental duo formed by Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer. The two composers met in 2016, where their mutual love of writing for film, art and dance inspired a musical journey that evolved into their debut album Waves. Their music invokes melodic and emotional soundscapes, with the relationship between violin and piano at its heart.
Both Anna and Aisling are from mixed European backgrounds – Anna being German/Greek/Irish and Aisling Dutch/Irish – and both grew up in multiple countries. In a constantly changing environment, their relationship to the violin and piano was one of emotional catharsis.
Through AVA, they find their musical counterpart and identity. Anna’s studio by the sea on the Kent coast provided the landscape, and gave them the space to create the music. The result is Waves, a deeply personal album reflecting their musical journeys and experiences.
Anna built her career as a violinist, touring at the highest level with multi-platinum selling bands. She has performed as solo violinist on top international stages and festivals across the world including USA arenas, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. Over the past few years Anna’s main focus has been working as a composer and producer on cross-genre collaborative projects, with dance, film, art installations and bio-scientific research. She currently works as a composer for the Royal Ballet School. Anna continues to perform live with artists such as Nitin Sawhney and Erland Cooper.
Aisling is a Berlin-based ambient classical producer and pianist who specialises in writing music for visuals. Having lived and worked in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London and Berlin, Aisling has written scores for BBC, Channel 4, as well as for films that have been screened at the Sundance, Tribeca and Berlinale Film Festivals. She has written music for various advertising campaigns including most recently for Dior, and is currently scoring a feature documentary about the relationship between punk and politics in 70s Britain.
Their debut album Waves will be released in 2019.
‘Delicate porcelain beauty, yet also an underlying firmness and passion…. the gentle, pastoral arrangement brings into focus the effortless wonder of nature. The overall impact is of music that is very visual. AVA is a special project.’. Malcolm Dome.
‘Beautiful’ Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
‘Distinctive shimmering sound…so gorgeous’ Elizabeth Alker, BBC Radio 3
‘So atmospheric’ Nikki Bedi, BBC London
‘It’s as if the pair are bonded by a telepathic musical attraction’ Malcolm Dome, Prog Rock magazine.
Support from All Strung Out featuring Chris Fry (Magenta) and Andy Mulligan.
All Strung Out were formed in 2005 when Chris Fry and Andy Mulligan decided to join forces for a charity concert in Cardiff. Since this premiere they have gone from strength to strength, appearing extensively across Cardiff and South Wales. The duo performs a wide variety of music; Classical duets, Latin / Jazz standards, and their own witty arrangements of contemporary pop.
Chris Fry started playing guitar in his teens, learning and performing Beatles songs with a school band. He went on to study classical guitar and gained a diploma of licentiate from the London College of Music external examinations syllabus.
Chris has made appearances on TV and radio with various rock bands and currently plays guitar in the progressive rock band Magenta, he won the Classic Rock Society Guitarist of the Year in both 2008 and 2012 for his playing with them. He works for Gwent Music Support Service as a guitar tutor and is also head of the guitar faculty.
Andy Mulligan started playing guitar at school in Liverpool, influenced in equal parts by John Williams and Jimi Hendrix. He studied guitar and composition at Cardiff University, and later studied guitar with John Mills. He has made numerous appearances on TV and stage, highlights including playing for Kerry Ellis and Only Men Aloud, (whom he used to sing with.)
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.30pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.
Please purchase your concert tickets first before booking a table. We will not accept any table bookings that do not have a corresponding ticket purchase.
Then return to the event page to book your table, by selecting the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
If on the date you have chosen no tables are available - no times will be shown and the booking system will revert you back to todays date - PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DATE!
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
Income from the provision of pizzas is very important to the venue and if you have booked a table it is a requirement that all people sat at tables order food - a salad alternative is available to pizzas. Please do ensure that all individuals will be ordering on your table - if this is not the case please cancel your table so others who are looking to dine can do so. Our apologies to raise this but recently we have had many tables (some very large) where less than 50% of those sat at tables have ordered food. Financially this is a real problem to the sustainability of the venue.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if everyone is not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 6 or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK A TABLE YOU CAN STILL ORDER PIZZAS ON THE NIGHT (USUALLY ON BUSY NIGHTS NO LATER THAN 7.15PM) AND WE WILL SERVE THEM TO YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE SAT IN THE VENUE - IN A PIZZA BOX.