Dear Friends & Fans,
We hope you are well and enjoying the Summer of 2014. The last eight months have been a busy and enjoyable time for V&F with requests to perform for local recitals and events in and around BC.
One of our favourite venues to date is Ravencourt B&B, an artistic and creatively designed post and beam straw-bale mansion located in the gorgeous Slocan Valley within the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. We were certainly in for a pleasant surprise when Dorothea Schlichting and Peter Hauser invited V&F to be part of their 2014 Summer series of eclectic house concerts.
Surrounded by wilderness with sounds from the nearby creek and occasional birds chirping, Ravencourt B&B is a collection of charming little details. On a hot summer's day, the main living areas welcome a comfortable cool breeze, which is served by the beautiful inner courtyard where our concert took place, a spacious atrium with overlooking balconies and forest backdrop.
It is worth mentioning that we chose the 'Vino' part of our duo name specifically because we delight in the idea of supporting local wines for our guests to enjoy with the music. Peter also loved the idea and went to great efforts to organize an incredible wine tasting event as part of the concert! He invited the regional owner to tell his story and introduce the wines personally to the guests, which we felt created the perfect Vino & Forte ambience. We were also astounded by the sense of community as people flowed in the doors for a pre-concert glass of wine.
Overall, we would like to thank our wonderful hosts for their hospitality and also the engaging audience who brought a family atmosphere to this warm musical evening. If you are ever in the area, make sure to visit http://www.ravencourtbandb.com/
We hope you enjoy our latest V&F video illustrating the natural beauty and serenity of Ravencourt B&B, with excerpts from our performance of Schubert's Serenade and Ivan's flamenco inspired composition Dulces Suenos. Capturing moments of the stunning skies surrounding the Slocan Valley, we sincerely hope to return for another Concert in the Courtyard in the near future!
Ivan & Oriana
p.s. An unprecedented and amusing quote from Oriana post-concert: "I have never had a puppy walk on stage and tickle my elbow mid-performance! That piece really required concentration". 🙂