blog - Yuval Avital

Still glowing from the incredible experience of the Requiem Monumentale Part 1... A spectacular marching brass band that pumped life into the veins of the Monumental Cemetery of Milan; a transfixing choir that filled with pathos the solemn Famedio; an incredible staff; 1,500 spectators, and good weather: I couldn't have asked for more.

Now I'm getting ready for a new challenge: playing the biggest sound sculpture in Italy!! Starting from a steel fence of 357 tubes (for a total of 1km of steel!) realized by designer Dario Milana, on 21 June I'll transform this unique architectural object into a massive and collective percussion instrument. Handles, strings, weights and lots of enthusiasm: these are my ingredients to play Open Fence.

Want to try it? We are currently recruiting people for the Crowd Music Ensemble and we're looking for people who want to be part of the inauguration of a huge sound sculpture. The event will be on 21 June—come celebrate with me the solstice of summer at the East End Studios of Milan. It will be EPIC! 

Monday, 03 April 2017 10:21

new management in Italy

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Very happy to announce my new manager for Italy - Mauro Diazzi of Just in Time (very happy of his ninja collaborator Silvia Marasti). Honored to be in a roster besides Meredith Monk, Brian Eno, La Fura dels Baus, UTE LEMPER and many other artists which had been my inspiration for many years!

http://www.jitmanagement.it/musica/yuval-avital/

http://www.jitmanagement.it/progetti_speciali/yuval-avital/

 

 

Monday, 13 February 2017 13:20

Working on a volcano n.1

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Commissioned by Cusumano Masterpieces with the endorsement of INGV and the Etna Park, this work is a real life-changing experience, giving me a rare privilege to create an intimate dialogue with such an amazing land. 

Friday, 04 November 2016 01:00

Three grades of foreignness in on the go!

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It had came to an end three amazing weeks of intense shooting and recordings  in preparation of my largest monographic exhibition ever "Three grades of foreignness- 2600 square meters of beautiful ex-industrial spaces that will host from April 22 2017 three large scale installations and other sonic/visual artworks in the Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato in Blenio Valley in Switzerland!!! three amazing weeks of recording and filming work in the middle of the most stunning imaginable nature. 

The shoot involved seven dancers from different cultural and artistic realities, and took place under the expert guidance of Philip Genucchi and Marco Bassi, in more than thirty locations selected in the valley. The result has been reflected in more than seven hours of footage and hundreds of photographs, which will be part of one of the three installations proposed during the exhibition.

in Huge thanks to the participating artists: the dancers soloists - Sandra Klimek, Ornella Balestra, Ballone Stefania, Marta Mazzoleni, Anita Lorusso, SL Chiesa & Laûren Okadigbo, to the production team Filippo Genucchi & Marco Bassi, to the assistants Maria Pia Hartpence-Casella & Leticia Beltré, to the vice president of the Fabbrica,Giovanni Casella Piazza for a wonderful hospitality and to the curator of the exhibition and the artistic director of the Fabbrica Franco Marinotti for his trust, inspiration and guidance.

See you all in April 2017! 

http://www.lafabbricadelcioccolato.ch/2016/11/04/yuval-avital-three-grades-of-foreignness/

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 02:00

Coming Soon

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Coming soon (end of November 2016) -  details soon.

 

Friday, 08 July 2016 02:00

Izaac & Deborah

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COMING NEXT

Izaac & Deborah

13-17 luglio 2016, CRT Teatro d'Arte, Triennale di Milano 

Festival CONTAMINAFRO – Identità in evoluzione

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 02:00

Interview at Nomos Alpha Magazine

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"In this interview we try to tell you about how Yuval Avital sees the world , one of the most exciting and prolific composers of recent years. Among his compositions are total works of  art, which blend multiple languages and bring with them the sign of our time"

Interview with NOMOS ALPHA Magazine.

If you read Italian here's the link (if you can't, maybe you can throw the link into google translate?)

Here's the link: LINK

 

Saturday, 02 July 2016 02:00

Always Alma Mater

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There is always a special place in my heart for this work

 

Read more here : LINK

Thursday, 23 June 2016 02:00

Interview at Giornale delle Fondazioni

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Giornale delle Fondazioni, one of Italy's major art magazines, had dedicated a 6 pages interview done by curator Stefania Crobe to my Icon-Sonic world.

If you read Italian here's the link (if oyu can't, maybe you can throw the link into google translate?)

Here's the link: LINK

 

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Monday, 30 May 2016 02:00

Fuga Perpetua UK reviews

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Fuga Perpetua in Brighton Festival got two great reviews!

 

Read more here: LINK

Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:00

Fuga Perpetua video clip!!!

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Video clip of FUGA PERPETUA is on!

see you all in Brighton Festival & Nottingham Lakeside Art Centre this May!

 

 

Read more here : LINK

Monday, 25 January 2016 01:00

Fuga Perpetua is coming

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a new icon sonic work is coming soon.

The storytellers are refugees.

 

 

Read more here : LINK

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 01:00

KANAF for Bass Clarinet in Rio de Janeiro

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on the 16 November at University of Rio de Janeiro was performed KANAF for bass clarinet, video, tape & live electronics again by the wonderful virtuoso Paolo De Gaspari. Thumbs up!!!

Monday, 23 November 2015 01:00

new interview at musicians-corner.net

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Nice interview in musicians-corner.net by Maria Asplund!

Speaking of past, present and future -  including a talk of my next icon-sonic work "FUGA PERPETUA" that will be premiered next year with Meitar Ensemble at Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Brighton Festival and Nottingham Lakeside Arts Neat Festival.

 

LINK:

http://www.musicians-corner.net/Yuval-Avital-writes-an-opera-about-the-refugees/

Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:00

Multiplications N.1 video of the premiere

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Multiplications n.1 by Yuval Avital
for alto saxophone and its (6) multiplications, viola and its (6) multiplications, precessions and its (6) multiplications, analogue synth and its (6) multiplications and live mixing.
Commission: Tempo Reale, Premiere: Tempo Reale Festival, 10 October 2015, 8.30 pm, Villa Strozzi, Florence, Itay

Performing: TEMPO REALE ELECTROACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE MUSICA (TREE)
Percussions - Jonathan Faralli, Viola - Michele Foresi , Saxophone - Valerio Barbieri, Synthesizers - Salvatore Miele, Live mixing- Francesco Canavese

dedicated to David Lynch

In the cover image of Multiplications N.1 appear two women faces, one glancing forward, the other closing her eyes, in transparency on a liquid texture, beneath it a naive drawing of an old bus or truck (taken from an Ex-Voto gallery) moving forward and fading toward a crossroad of railways. The image, even though clear in its ingredients, is completely unclear in its meaning: is it a scene of danger or relief, of intimacy or loneliness, memory or present, tragedy or saving....

From its first page to its last, the score seems to create a game of clues between the composer and the interpreter, between the music and the public, in which constant visual information inputs familiar ingredients into an unsolvable equation of narrative meaning - repeated female silhouettes, deers with children faces, a running man, dark photograms and tree branches thread into graphical elements and musical notation, under Van-Gogh’s sun. The function of these elements is too unclear: are the signs to be performed by the musicians, an atmosphere, or maybe they are an independent work of art, parallel to the composition?

 From its preference till its end, Multiplications N.1 is an active reflection of the aesthetics of uncertainty, the storytelling of the uncanny, the fragility of sign, symbol and their interpretation. Inspired by science (Chaos theory, Feynman’s idea of sum-over histories), of literature (Hoffman’s Sandman) Psychology (Frued’s“"Das Unheimliche”), and film (David Lynch), Avital’s Multiplications N.1 present to both eye (score filled with visual elements) and ears a map of the paradox of familiar yet unfamiliar, trailed somewhere between a comics novel, a collage work and a detective diary. And to the performer of this piece this game of parallel interpretation and meaning takes a whole new level when they are asked in the score to multiply their selves six times each through multi-layered recordings, generating 7 parallel quartets of which 6 are mixed live by a conductor/super-narrator.

The musical score of Multiplications N.1, written having in mind the unique capacities of the members of TEMPO REALE ELECTROACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE MUSICA, require four high level soloists of contemporary music with important improvisation and real-time composition skills and an electronic musician capable of writing custom software for the live electronics and mixing section. The score, which includes sonic textures, complex polyrhythm patterns, melody, groove, spectral fields and ostinato parts is dialoging in its vocabulary with very wide prism of musical genres outside the box of “classical” contemporary music scene: Rock (Metal, psychedelic) free Jazz, noise, Jungle, film music.

In an interview found in the David Lynch Foundation Television, David Lynch answered a question regarding the ambiguity of his works : “a film […] can stay the same, but depending on the audience, the viewers, all the screenings are a little bit different, and people are coming up with their own interpretations which are completely valid.“ In Avital’s Multiplications N.1 many constant elements of Avital’s work are present and takes one step forward (equal instruments, electronics, graphic scores). At the same time it is quite certain that each performance, each ensemble and each spectator will have a diverse interpretation of this kaleidoscopic work.

Watch making of Multiplications Here !

 

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