Angels' Revolt

Yitzhak Yedid

Label: Between The Lines
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917124620
Catalog number: BTLCHR 71246
Releasedate: 08-02-19
- Israeli Australian composer & concert pianist Yitzhak Yedid has been acclaimed as one of the world’s leading composers of the Third Stream
- Inspired by literature, philosophy, art and landscapes, Yedid’s compositions form a narrative of pictures, textures and colours.
- His music incorporates a wide spectrum of contemporary and ancient styles
To understand Yitzhak Yedid better, you have to know his biography. Born in Jerusalem in 1971 as a child of Syrian-Jewish immigrants, the multi-talented and inquisitive pianist and composer went to the United States where he studied under Ran Blake and Paul Bley before returning to Jerusalem. “I can simply draw on my most important inspirations in this way,” the 47-year-old explained his frequent changes of abode. He has lived in Brisbane, Australia, for more than a decade, but is in the multi-cultural, multi-religious city several times a year as previously.
A balancing act that promotes creativity. Not the least because the album “Angelʼs Revolt”, exclusively recorded live, denotes the most radical, uncompromising wraparound between Orient and Occident in Yedid’s discography. The composer uses traditional Arabic harmony, Jewish ritual song forms, a touch of free jazz, European classical music and improvisation, makes them collide directly, but interlocks them from one second to the other in such an organic way that a new style is germinated. It is basically a matter of pictures, moods, abbreviations, stories, messages, and statements: highly complex, politically explosive, up-to-date, completely designed for a powerful effect of music. And it is above all about the first moment, the moment when sounds see the light of the public: a magical, irretrievable moment.
The Temple Mount of Jerusalem, which is holy for both Muslims and Jews and therefore a highly explosive place, served as inspiration for the orchestral piece “Kiddushim Ve'Killulim” (which more or less means "blessing and curse"). Together with conductor Christian Lindberg and the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, it premiered in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in November 2017. Yitzhak Yedid succeeded in bridging the traditions of the controversial poles with a daring, but sometimes quite unsettling bridge, in which the sound colors of Béla Bartók served as an amalgam that was incredibly resilient.
Yedid composed “Chat Gadya” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The recording of July 2017 at Dunwich Hall in Australia on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Stradbroke Island Chamber Music Festival focused not only on violinist Rachel Smith, who asked him to give the original children's song an up-to-date version. The extremes collide relatively unchecked there too: the songlike Jewish philosophy as well as the modal Arab system Maqamat, enriched in short motifs in 11/8 or 12/8 cycles, everything left to the improvisational moment. The “Concerto For Piano And Strings” is composed of three parts, dedicated by Yitzhak Yedid to Australian composer Michael Kieran Harvey, and highlights more radically than ever the affinity of the multicultural composer for contemporary classics, for composers such as Sofia Asgatowna Gubaidulina or Alfred Schnittke as well as avant-garde and baroque harmonies. It was recorded in the Queensland Conservatory of Griffith University as was the title song of Angel's Revolt.
Finally, the “Aufstand der Engel” (trans: “Rebellion of Angels”) puts Rachael Shipard in scene on solo piano. The composition, which Yedid composed for the prestigious Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, covers almost his entire musical range. A chaconne (dance) with rhythmic, Messian-like patterns, tremolos and patterns, which reveal the appeal to the Arabic chopping board Santur, lyrically, passionately and in large parts freely improvised. “It's always an exciting and indescribable moment for me to present a piece of music to an audience for the first time,” Yitzhak Yedid explained his premiere fever. “This creates tremendous electrical energy that transforms itself into new creativity.” With "Angel's Revolt”, the composer created a number of these incomparable moments. It is a portrait by an ingenious artist, who prefers to tell his stories in notes.
Israeli Australian composer & concert pianist Yitzhak Yedid has been acclaimed as one of the world’s leading composers of the Third Stream (Bailey, AAJ 2006). A master pianist and shrewd composer he has multiple awards to his name including the top two prizes for composers and performers in Israel. In 2009 he received in Israel the Landau Prize For the Arts and in 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Israel Prime Minister’s Prize for Classical Composers. He also won first composition prize at the International Oud Festival for his work Oud Bass Piano Trio and the first composition prize at the 17th International Harp Contest (regarded as the most important harp competition in the world) for his solo harp work Out to Infinity. Yedid was awarded The Judith Wright Artist in Residence grant (2009) and was a composer in residence at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2008. Yedid has also been awarded grants from Arts Queensland, the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts and The Australian Council for the Arts.  

Inspired by literature, philosophy, art and landscapes, Yedid’s compositions form a narrative of pictures, textures and colours. His music incorporates a wide spectrum of contemporary and ancient styles and creates a unique integration between improvisation, Arabic genres and contemporary Western classical music. A confluence between the Maqamat (the Arabic music modal system), heterophonic textures of Arabic genres and compositional approaches of jazz and contemporary Western classical music have been created to produce an original sound.  

Ake Holmquist (Norra Skåne, Sweden) wrote that “Yedid integrates specific stylistic influences into a personal created unity. The manner in which he describes folkloristic influences and melancholic specific themes can remind of Béla Bartók; improvisatory float of hovering à la Keith Jarret”.   

Yitzhak Yedid has performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Jordan Hall in Boston. He has performed his compositions with many ensembles in festivals and venues across Europe, Canada, the USA, Asia and Africa. His music has received hundreds of reviews in the international media.  

Eleven CDs of Yedid’s compositions have been released by prestigious international publishers and distributers including Challenge Records International, Sony, Naxos, -btl-, Muse, MCI and Kaleidos, and more than 300 reviews of them have been published in the international music media. His latest CD was an award nominee for Most Original Australian Jazz Album in the 2013 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.   

Dr Yitzhak Yedid has been based in Australia teaching and mentoring university music students since 2007. Currently, Yedid lecturers at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.