News - Yuval Avital - composer and guitar player
REKA by YUVAL AVITAL
MASSIVE SONIC WORK FOR SIX TRADITIONAL SINGERS, TWO PERCUSSIONS AND A CROWD OF HUNDREDS OF VOICES
Yuval Avital presents REKA, commissioned by Warsaw Autumn Festival and co-produced by MITO-SettembreMusica, a large sound experiment that intends to involve the local public inviting them to participate in the creation of a fresco made up of hundreds of voices, coordinated on scene by two conductors, two percussionists and six extraordinary singers who represent a selection of the most unusual ancient vocal traditions in the world.
Noise 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 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.
21/02/2013 KARAGATAN for 100 traditional gong and bamboo musicians & 2 conductors in the Philippines
21/02/2013 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.
Defined 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.
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 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