Justyna Jablonska and Emma Lloyd


Music from Strata

Strata Lines, layers, textures and hues…strata of sounds appear and are submerged, creating a complex timbral structure of acoustic strings, luscious sustains, glitches, voice and synth. Justyna and Emma improvise to create a unique landscape for each performance, beginning with the familiar singing tones of the cello and violin and gradually distorting, hybridising, enhancing and subverting using a combination of extended techniques and electronics.

Artist biographies

Justyna Jablonska is a Polish-born cellist based in Edinburgh. During the past decade, she has carved out an exciting career at the forefront of both Western contemporary classical and fusion music. A virtuoso cellist and an improviser, Jablonska is passionate about cross-disciplinarity, and experimental performance. An avid performer, Jablonska is recognised for her talent, versatility, and diverse repertoire. She regularly performs at classical and world music events across the UK and Europe. In 2022 she released her first cross-cultural album with Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth “Songs for Cello and Carnatic Violin” funded by Creative Scotland. In the same year she premiered her first multimedia solo work “Lost and Found: A Cellist’s Journey” funded by the Made in Scotland showcase.

Justyna is currently in her final year of a PhD programme in creative music practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, focusing on collaborative work with a South Indian female violinist, drawing on Carnatic traditions and free improvisation. She is a recipient of the Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship.

Justyna holds a Masters Degree from the RNCM, taught by Peter Dixon (Principal Cello, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra).

Since her appearance at the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2014 where her focus was on contemporary music (working with Sir Simon Rattle, Barbara Hannigan, Matthias Pintcher) she went on to study privately with Paris’ Ensemble Intercontemporain cellist – Eric-Maria Couturier. Her journey with Lucerne Festival let to ongoing performances as part of Lucerne Festival Alumni, which she thoroughly enjoys.

Emma is an international performer, improviser, composer, and artist. She performs as a soloist and in small ensembles, working often with live electronics, and collaborating regularly with composers. In addition to the modern set-up, she plays a baroque violin and performs both baroque and contemporary music written specifically for this instrument.

As an improviser, Emma’s performance tends to be quiet and intimate in nature, exploring the innate timbral qualities of the violin, and discovering some of the often hidden sounds that can be found with her unique combination of technique and tools.

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