Since my soul loved / Yitzhak Yedid.
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|Since my soul loved (2005) — quintets: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass
Recorded/performed at: Jaffa Music Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel, on 31 Aug 07.
|Yitzhak Yedid, Daniel Hoffman, Galia Hai, Jonathan Gotlibovich, Ora Boasson Horev
|54 mins, 53 sec.
Yitzhak Yedid was born as the child of Syrian-Jewish immigrants in Jerusalem in 1971, studied in the USA (among others, under Ran Blake), and then returned to Jerusalem. He has lived in Brisbane, Australia for almost two years, but is in Jerusalem several times a year as previously. He already regularly visited the Sephardic Ades Synagogue when growing up, because he admired the beauty of Bakashot singing (which links kabbalistic elements with Arabic improvisation scales). The fact that he later studied and admired the works of John Cage, Béla Bartok and György Kurtág - and the improvisation techniques of jazz in addition - make him one of the most versatile contemporary artists and interpreters. Yedid's compositions move with uncanny instinct between classical modern, Jewish singing, Arabic harmony and jazz. No other contemporary artist succeeds so convincingly in mixing these genres.
The five movements of his latest work are highly complex compositions, which not only depend on optimum technical skills of those interpreting it, but also comprehensive knowledge in various genres all the way to the willingness to make moods and images come alive in free improvisation. His ensemble is composed of musicians, with whom he has already been able to reap a lot of shared experience, and in part they can also be heard on Yedid's earlier recordings.
"Since My Soul Loved" - according to Yitzhak Yedid in the liner notes - deals with the search of people for happiness, which they normally seek in the wrong places. In fact, it is hidden in the soul, and happiness can only be found after you have taken the path of love. This is wisdom, which we all wish would be more widespread, especially given the latest developments in the Middle East.
Duration: 55 min.
In 4 movements.
Liner booklet includes programme notes by composer.
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