Press

"...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"

 

karagatan

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

 

karagatan

"arriving the most surreal show of the year : OTOT by Avital"

 

vanity

"Yuval Avital is a fascinating musician that succeeding to transmit his passion with a disarming transparency"

 

otot como

"...An ambitious project which unites persons of undoubted scientific and artistic value"

 

unfolding insound

"Cosmic energy, pulses of stars, electromagnetic radiations becomes a choir and through the music renders the perception of the Deep Space….the energy becomes music, the scientific and cosmic material becomes sound."

 



Yuval Avital - Garon

"...the performance-concert of Yuval and Wisam held in the 900° museum of Milan during their Italian tour, donated quite a rare experience to the audience…in a nested and vivid dialogue, they explore the entire range of possibilities offered by their instrument, including the intelligent and desecrate use of live electronics…a large and heterogeneous audience has been led in a journey of capable and well proportioned (musical) storytelling, for almost two hours of high quality contemporary music - never feeling annoyed or tired by too long or too complex ideas; in fact the audience answered the musician with long and well-deserved applauses…"

 

Yuval & Wisam duo - Italian concert tour

"…a talent of the international contemporary musical scene…a music composition of excellence and creativity that transforms Kapoor's art into a space of listening and to an actual musical instrument…containing, expanding and producing vibrant and evocative sonorities…"

 

Yuval Avital - Garon

"... An experience to tell your grandchildren one day. Or at least, today, to close friends. An event that had curioused the RAI (national Italian broadcast network) employees who watched amazed a crowd of students, pensioners, unemployed and free professionals who whispered, whistled, howled and rarely sing a few notes, according to the indications of the choir directors and Yuval Avital .."

 

Yuval Avital - Mise en Abime

"Whispers and broken syllables, sounds and noises rise in concentric circles from a large ensemble of voices and accordions, able to recreate the breath of the sea, the language of the earth, the vortex of abyss. It is an archaic and charming music, Mise en abîme, the new creation that Yuval Avital has composed. 33-year old Israeli composer, visionary talent that blends ancient ethnic sounds to multimedia and contemporary research..."

 

Yuval Avital - Mise en Abime