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Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Yitzhak Yedid

Label: Between The Lines
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917123623
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Catalog number: BTLCHR 71236
Releasedate: 03-01-14
Visions, Fantasies and Dances is an authentic expression of new music which incorporates a wide spectrum of contemporary and ancient styles. It creates a confluence between the heterophonic textures of Arabic genres and the compositional approaches of contemporary Western classical music.
Yitzhak Yedid is one of the most important composers of Israel today. All his works can be found on Between the Lines - this is his eightth CD!
The spiritual experience of Yitzhak Yedid as a child chanting the Baqashot at the well-known Ades Synagogue in Jerusalem inspired this composition. Baqashot are collections of supplications, songs and prayers that have been sung by the Sephardic Syrian Jewish communities for centuries. "Every Shabbat during winter months my father woke me up a few hours after midnight to walk to Ades Synagogue to participate in the singing until dawn. Later in my life I was able to distinguish between different Maqamat. This attracted me to explore classical Arabic music and heterophonic textures, and, just as has occurred in Baqashot, to compose works that merge Maqamat with Jewish themes. Since I trained in Western classical music and practice improvisation (as a pianist) it seemed appropriate to merge these different influences" says Yedid.

And so, Visions, Fantasies and Dances is an authentic expression of new music which incorporates a wide spectrum of contemporary and ancient styles. It creates a confluence between the heterophonic textures of Arabic genres (classical Arabic music and Arabic-influenced Jewish music) and the compositional approaches of contemporary Western classical music. Amongst the Western composers of special importance to Yedid are Béla Bartók (1881-1945), György Kurtág (b. 1926), György Ligeti (1923-2006), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Stefan Wolpe (1902- 1972) and John Zorn (b. 1953).
Yitzhak Yedid was born as the child of Syrian-Jewish immigrants in Jerusalem in 1971, studied in the USA (among others, under Ran Blake), and then returned to Jerusalem. He has lived in Brisbane, Australia for about seven years, but is in Jerusalem several times a year as previously. He already regularly visited the Sephardic Ades Synagogue when growing up, because he admired the beauty of Bakashot singing (which links kabbalistic elements with Arabic improvisation scales). The fact that he later studied and admired the works of John Cage, Béla Bartok and György Kurtág - and the improvisation techniques of jazz in addition - make him one of the most versatile contemporary artists and interpreters. Yedid's compositions move with uncanny instinct between classical modern, Jewish singing, Arabic harmony and jazz. No other contemporary artist succeeds so convincingly in mixing these genres.