Chuva (Guitar & Mandolin + Double Bass)
Chuva are a Manchester based folk/classical trio that was founded in 2018 by performers Rafael Onyett (guitar) and Borna Kuca (guitar/mandolin), whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with the renowned guitarist Craig Ogden. In 2022, Chuva expanded with the addition of double bassist George Burrage. The trio quickly developed a strong musical chemistry and have since performed frequently across the UK.
NOTE: They appear as “Duo Chuva” on our Season Brochure (and early versions of our concert poster) as they hadn’t yet been expanded to a trio when our advertising was produced. Here is a photograph of the three of them playing together:
Here is a PDF of the amended Poster for this Concert (click to VIEW or right click to SAVE). Please feel free to print and display the poster to help publicise this concert.
Brief Report “on the night”
A great concert to start our new season. A really friendly group of performers who explained the background to each piece before playing it. The audience (of just over 40 people) responded very warmly, and the applause got more enthusiastic and longer as the evening progressed. In a slight change to the programme the second half started with the 2 Balkan traditional pieces, which were then followed by the 2 Manuel de Falla guitar duets. The Double Bass re-joined them for a specially arranged version of Satie’s Gnossienne. A lively Cuban Dance was due to end the concert, but rapturous applause persuaded them to add a piece which they described as their “Bobby Dazzler” as an encore.
What a breath of fresh air! Chuva, originally a duo but now a trio, opened the Middlewich and District Concerts Society’s 33rd season of concerts in a relaxed style, but with fantastic musicality. The trio comprised Rafael Onyett, who played the guitar and introduced the music with commendable clarity, Borna Kuca, who played both the guitar and the mandolin, and George Burrage, whose double bass playing complemented the other instruments perfectly.
Although much of the music was unknown to most of the audience that did not seem to matter, the response becoming increasingly enthusiastic as the evening progressed. The programme comprised a mixture of classical and folk music by Manuel de Falla (two dances from The Three Cornered Hat), Miroslav Tadić (two folk dances), Astor Piazzolla (including Oblivion and Zita) and Almer Imamovic (Sarajevo Nights), together with traditional music from Cuba and the Balkans. They had also made an interesting arrangement of one of Erik Satie’s Gnossienne. As an encore they played another Balkan folk dance which Rafael and George always referred to as “Bobby Dazzler” on the grounds that the real title was unpronouncable! What a brilliant start to the season!