Yuval Avital - composer and guitar player - News

13/11/2013 Noise for SYD - icon/sonic concert in tribute to Syd Barrett

sydNoise for Syd

Noise for Syd, dedicated to the memory of Syd Barrettt, is my tribute to freedom of sound & expression, to the noise of electric guitars shouting with feedbacks on stage, a tribute to an era of fantasy, ecstasy & creativity. Creating a new visual & sonic ensemble for this project, Noise for Syd is not a cover concert or an exploration of Barrett's music (on the contrary there won't be performed even one piece of him during the concert). It is a commemoration of the legacy of Barrett toward exploration, toward experimentation, and a sonic/visual tale of raise & fall of an extraordinary powerful yet extremely vulnerable human being, who marked the story of the 20th century music.

Syd Barrett, best remembered as the founder of Pink Floyd was a leading figure in the psychedelic underground of London in the sixties. He was true experimental musician, using extensively feedbacks, distortions and dissonances in extremely long concerts of the band in the UFO club, much before it gained its fame. The entry to the "star system" of the music industry with the addition of heavy use of hallucinative drugs had crushed him as an artist, and in the last 20 years of his life, Barrett lived in Cambridge in a chosen exile from the musical world.

In this concert I will perform my electric guitar, together with Riccardo Sinigaglia (vintage synths & keyboards + live electronics), Giovanni Cospito (electric bass + live electronics), Eros Sabbatani (Contrabass tuba), Paolo De Gaspari (bass clarinet), Simone Beneventi (percussions), Lorenzo Colombo (drums) & with the artist Matteo Guarnaccia (visuals, stage design, projections, body painting).


You can preview the score of this work in this link. You can also watch a preview clip in youtube in this link.

Noise for SYD Sonic & Visual concert in tribute to Syd Barrett, in the 7th anniversary of his death. "Festival Aperto", Reggio Emila, Italy November 13, 2013. Read more in this link.

04/09/2013 UTOPIE for percussions, video & tape premiere

karagatanIn 1516 Thomas More created the word "utopia"  combining two Greek words οὐ "not" and τόπος "place", meaning : "a place that does not exist." An ideal and unattainable non lieu (non-place), that rests outside of the common daily reality.

Utopias is an artistic investigation focused on the reality of the European holiday houses - concrete example of human desire (wealthy humanity) to build their own utopia.

Buildings of private property, often linked to a family's private history or to renowned panoramic  spots of great beauty. Temporary habitats In which families and individuals spend their free time looking for calmness , simplicity, intimacy, silence, slowness and nature, in a sharp contrast to their daily routine.

Observing these utopias reveals hidden and contrasting levels of identity both of these ambients as the human experience inside them: on the one hand the holiday houses barriers between the outside reality and the ideal location, on the other, they create a trap that attract to itself everything that you would want to exorcise: loneliness, suspended tension, restlessness.

The summer house in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, where my wife and I were guests of our friends Michael and Sara, is the first microcosm object of observation in the series of compositions Utopias, entitled Utopie N.1 - Rayol, for solo percussion, Video & tape.

The composition will be premiered by the young virtuoso Lorenzo Colombo that with his skill and artistic sensibility inspired the choice of using the extensive possibilities  of the percussions as a poetic narrator of tones and gestures.

World Premiere : 04/09//2013, G.Verdi Conservatory, Milan at 20:30.

A preview to the work can be seen on youtube.

21/02/2013 KARAGATAN for 100 traditional gong and bamboo musicians & 2 conductors in the Philippines

karagatan21/02/2013 Philippines : 100 Southeast Asian musicians of gong and bamboo instruments recreate the sounds of the ocean in Avital's score KARAGATAN in the memory of the Bopha typhoon victims.

For the first time in the history of music, the town of Dipolog City, on the Island of Mindanao (in the Philippines) will host an extraordinary cultural event, this February - an international festival dedicated entirely to the millenary tradition of gong & Bamboo instruments.

 It will host more than 150 traditional musicians from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South-Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.

The uniqueness of the Tunog-Tugan ('sounds & playing' in Tagalog) festival is the blending of one of the most ancient musical heritages of the planet (gong & bamboo), with innovative contemporary creativity.

 Yuval Avital, has been commissioned to compose a contemporary score for all the participants. "A remarkable and exciting opportunity" according to Avital whose concert, “Karagatan” ('ocean', in Tagalog) will premiere on the closing day of the festival, i.e., February 21st 2013. 

It is a 40-minute musical journey in the memory of the Bopha Typhoon victims of Mindanao, where performers, led by 2 outstanding conductors -  former IMC (international Music Council UNESCO) vice president Dr. Ramon Santos and composer & conductor Chino Toledo - surround the audience with an innovative soundscape.


Read more at Tunog - Tugan website : http://www.gongsandbamboofest.com

23/01/2013 OTOT icon/sonic symphony opens the Como theater symphonic season

OTOTDefined as "The most surreal show of the year" (Vanity Fair, January, 2013) OTOT, Avital's icon/sonic symphony for an extended chamber orchestra, 5 percussions, 3 accordions, video & live electronics had opened the 200° anniversary of the Theater of Como, Italy, inaugurating the theater's symphonic season.

OTOT (in Hebrew=signs or signals) deals with the various interpretations of unexplained messages /sighs/signals
in culture, science and tradition. It is a musical observation and investigation of  reactions to these inner & outer signals and their structural impact upon a group/individual relations.

Read more in OTOT page : link


21/10/2012 Unfolding Space & Spaces Unfolded

Unfolding Space & Spaces Unfolded are two new compositions of Yuval Avital that bridges between science and art, translating astronomic objects and the energy in the cosmic space into sounds, compositional structure and music.

World premiere of the first version of these compositions are a commission of Bergamo Science Festival, and will be  premiered in October 2012.

The compositions are different by nature : Spaces Unfolded is a sound installation based on an artificial intelligence system, while Unfolding Space is a multimedia concerto for electric & classic guitars, images and sound translations of the cosmic space.

Unfolding Space & Spaces Unfolded  were created thanks to the unique collaboration of Avital with planetologist and NASA - ESA coordinator Marcello Corradini , astrophysicist  Pilippe Zarka from the Observatory of Paris, astrophysicist Alexander G. Kosovichev from Stanford University (and collaborator of SOHO NASA/ESA & SDO NASA) and Giovanni Cospito, professor of live electronics from the Conservatoire of Milan.

Unfolding Space & Spaces Unfolded  are a starting point of a wider work-in-progress, in which Avital and his collaborators intend to  create a much larger multimedia project for an orchestral formation, based on latest cosmic research and astronomical observations.

For more info about this work go to Unfolding Space & Spaces Unfolded web page

12/07/2012 Yuval & Wisam duo - Italian concert tour

Yuval & Wisam duo - Italian concert tour


"...The music becomes a carrier of a positive energy flow, overcoming human hatred and mischief [...] becoming a stream of different ideas that move together, listen one another, knowing to alternate between themselves, never overlapping or interfering one over another..." ARTSLIFE (Magazine) 09/07/2012

The Israeli composer and guitar player Yuval Avital and the Palestinian composer and oud master Wisam  Gibran creates in their duo a new creative approach to the sonic world inspired by the middle east traditions and cultures. The Italian 2012 tour included performances at The Milan Museum of 20th  century - Museo del Novecento, opening concert of Villa Faraldi Festival, Imperia and In the Mediaeval square of Biella Piazzo in Piedmont.

for more info go to Yuval & Wisam web site