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Meraki Duo

Meraki Duo’s programmes offer a distinctively diverse pairing of flute and guitar, incorporating James' arrangements of works which range from Messiaen’s ‘5 Leçons de solfège’ and the Brazilian folk-fusion of Hermeto Pascoal to settings of jazz standards. In November 2020 at 1901 Arts Club, Meraki Duo premièred À Norte, Rio Preto, a 20-minute work written for them by the young Brazilian composer Rafael Marino Arcaro. In their recitals, flautist Meera Maharaj extends the expressive range of the duo by featuring the alto flute in works such as Takemitsu’s Toward The Sea and Miroslav Tadic’s Four Macedonian Pieces

Meera and James both studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where they quickly connected through a shared passion for chamber music, jazz, Latin American and European folk, and works by contemporary composers. Formed in 2013, Meraki Duo were selected for International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artist Platform 2019/20. In 2019, they were finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. They perform in recital series and festivals from Northumberland to Cornwall and at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Bridgewater Hall.

As Live Music Now artists since 2018, Meraki Duo bring performances into the wider community, giving workshops and interactive concerts across the country in schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities and in care homes.

Meraki (may-'rah-kee) 

(n.) Doing something you love with all your creativity, soul and passion.

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M U S I C

"A concert full of variety and colour. Displaying a fine rapport, [they] blended beautifully and gave vibrant and masterly performances.”

-  review, All Saints' Parish Church, Hertford

"Truly an outstanding concert. The mastery of their instruments is a given, their musicianship is exceptional. What is astonishing is their mutual understanding which feels tantamount to a deep and combined intuition so that we are listening to one remarkable and completely enchanting instrument. The experience is breathtaking, beautiful and inspiring."

-  Bryan Fox, concert director (Emmanuel Church, Didsbury)

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