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Yitzhak Yedid

Arabic Violin Bass Piano Trio

  • Type CD
  • Label Between The Lines
  • UPC 0608917123029
  • Catalog number BTLCHR 71230
  • Release date 31 August 2012

About the album

Yitzhak Yedid (born in Jerusalem in 1971) is already one of the most important contemporary crossover artists between classical and improvised music. The label "Third Stream" does not fit him perfectly despite this. With his increasing age, his composition share is increasing in importance on one hand, and the improvised parts are interwoven increasingly closely with the parts written down in notes. On the other hand, his focus is even more clearly than previously on the experience of music which determined his life at a young age. As a child, he often visited Syrian synagogues, and Arabian, Orthodox Jewish, Hasidic harmonies and melodies always remain part of his research and practice in music. He takes them up again in a very special way in his composition "Arabic Violin Bass Piano Trio". It is a work in four movements, which is neither classical nor jazz nor even "world music". Instead, it is the merging of these components and a continuation of "Oud Bass Piano Trio" from 2005 in a certain way. 
Yedid composed the new work in Australia, where he has lived for the past few years, and it was first performed in Henry Crown Symphony Hall (Jerusalem) in March 2010. As with classical music by composers from Europe and the western hemisphere, it is meant to be heard in one sitting; the fields of tension, which the suite creates, are only developed then: between East and West, between classical and modern music, between the religious and the secular, and between composition and improvisation. And as little as the conflict in the Middle East dissolves into thin air, that is how little the tension of the music is dissolved and resolved. A challenge for listeners, who remain questioning and searching at the end, but neither without hope nor baffled.



August 23rd 2012 18:07
Yedid is my favorite composer of contemporary music

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