Duo Purla at the Virtual Little Cafe

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Duo Purla at the Virtual Little Cafe


Classical guitar and violin duo based in Buffalo, New York, performing premieres, core repertoire, and their own transcriptions.

Purla (v.), to flow with a murmuring sound in swirls and eddies.

Duo Purla was formed by violinist Shannon Reilly and guitarist Tom Torrisi in 2019 after their shared interest in contemporary classical music had brought them together during their time at the Eastman School.

Purla refers to the Old Norse word for water rushing and murmuring around stones, a sound at once timeless and full of motion. Duo Purla celebrates the great classical works of history, while simultaneously moving forward into the future of classical music with intentionally diverse and unusual programming designed to betray expectations and bring a refreshing sound to classical chamber music.

Join us from the comfort of your own home for a program spanning centuries! We'll be performing original arrangements by Franz  Joseph Haydn and Edvard Grieg along with contemporary compositions by Barbara Kolb, Elisabetta Brusa, Edgar Girtain and more!