“Klezmer Suite” for Cl., Vla, D-B and Piano is the condensed Chamber Music version of my orchestral piece “Encounters IV-Suita Concertante for Classical Violin, Klezmer Violin and Chamber Orchestra”. This shortened version of the orchestral piece lasts app. 12’.
The piece is dedicated to my late father Daniel who was a superb musician and a wonderful Klezmer, playing Violin, Clarinet and Saxophone.
This is another one in a chain of pieces I've already written in the past-including my pieces for the Arabic Oud- which tries to bridge between different musical cultures. In this case it's the ethnic, folk-like klezmer tradition alongside that of the classical concert hall tradition.
The piece is written in one long movement, which flows from one mood to another, trying to reflect different emotional states.
I've used quite a few magnificent klezmer tunes and dances and added some original ones which I've invented.
Writing such a piece for me was a way to connect to the deepest and even primordial layers of my memories as an infant and a child. It deeply reflects my innermost beliefs as a Jewish musician and as a human being.
"Reverberations" - My piece "reverberations" for Piano and Clarinet is dedicated to the wonderful Clarinet player Chen Halevi who commissioned it. The title refers to the physical phenomenon of reverberations especially of the Piano. These reverberations are produced either by playing the Piano itself or by the clarinet playing into the Piano sounding board thus awaking the Piano strings to react in echoing the clarinet lines. In a way the Piano plays itself in this case without the Pianist intervention. For me though, this acoustical phenomenon has a deeper and more symbolic meaning as our memory and our emotional reactions are based on reverberations of our life experiences. So I've tried to express these layers of echoing within my psyche, using my own musical material combined with an old Jewish Yom Kippur Prayer which I love.