Press - Yuval Avital

«Yuval Avital is a unique musician who is constantly pushing the aesthetic boundaries, mixing with elegance the guitar, his favourite instrument, with traditional cultures, contemporary music and new technologies. His credo, which is fundamentally devoted to exploration of new forms of performance has given birth to symphonies, operas and hybrid forms that dialogue with the codes.»

 

“Here is a clear and original example of massive music : REKA of composer Yuval Avital, a genuine event of a potentially planetary proportions that can include however wishes to partake in this work…”

 

"...an important provocation to the ones that still divide and separate music from an Euro-centric prospective, created with with the crowd/choir and the sounds/voices of the REKA soloists, using a poly-vocal counterpoint of great emotion and strength..."

 

"...the numerous public (all sold-out) had breathed with the vocal crowd and the soloists as one. A very beautiful experience both to the performers as to the spectators..."

 

«A symphony created with music and singing. But also with cries, whispers, mutterings. With whistles, breaths, voices that mimic the sound of wind and ocean.»

 

«Yuval Avital is well known for his capacity of creating large scale challenging complex cultural projects. “REKA” establish a new decisive chapter in this chain of works.»

 

«Once again, we met up with musicians from various cultures in the world, which are not always so distant (Sardinia, Siberia), but are foreign - in the sense in which the alien is a language which can not be use, and sometimes do not even know of its existence. In addition to the masters of distant musical traditions, on the stage were two percussionists and a Vocal Crowd - a choir of dozens of singers, not necessarily with musical background, most of them amateurs of all sexes and ages. The crowd part was diffused through the in-ternet and with few attempts you could perform the graphical and textual ele-ments of the score, which included among other things, various imitations of nature sounds, phonemes, prenatal language (from what I understand, it's about sounds made by children at the earliest stage of development, which to describe the perceived world rely on measures that are not yet any language). So - things very ancient, primitive, or even the Old Ones, typically associ-ated with a natural state, sometimes before the exile of the first man from Paradise (at the end of this concept, as demonstrated by the comparative study of religions, is repeated in almost every culture). What came out of that? It's a pretty tough question to keep any objectivity, you probably re-spond to several, often conflicting, levels. (…) I could not find a large structural form in this piece. Perhaps it is the problem of contact with something new, unknown, but it is likely that this work seems like a large Chaotic song, which was conceived as a collective mystery. In my opinion, The work of Avital should be discussed as a political and cultural rather than in musical terms (…) No concert at this year’s festival had enjoyed such a suc-cesses from the part of the public. A dozen meters line of public waiting to enter the sold out concert, wishing to witness the transcultural meeting. In the end of the concert the Audience rewarded the performers with a long standing ovation.»

 

«REKA mean in Hebrew ‘background’. The work deals with roots, cultural background, but also the aesthetic background and its possibility to be recreated with voices. This composition is a commission of the Warsaw Autumn that uses an organic of masters of traditional singing and a vocal crowd of non-musicians. Yuval Avital, its author, Israeli living in Milan, very often goes back to the traditional cultures (…) in REKA there are rare moments of true solos - most of the time the traditions sing together, voices overlap - because this work is not about presentation of ethnic or exotic shows, but - following the score of Avital - a presentation of a meta-culture. The voice is is transformed into an instrument, transforming itself in many different contexts.»

 

«The sonic people of Yuval Avital (...) a visionary work commissioned by the prestigious Warsaw Autumn Festival...»

 

"...a multi-faced composer with a taste for true experimentation...a volcano that erupts once again"

 

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"...this is a global music concert, an universal language that everybody could understand and love..."

 

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