The Azrieli Foundation partners with Talea Ensemble for American premieres in New York


October 16 at 8 p.m. at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Talea Ensemble conducted by Jacques Boulanger will present the US premieres of award-winning works by 2020 Azrieli Music Prize (AMP) winners: Keiko Devaux (Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music), Yotam Haber (Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music) and Yitzhak Yedid (Azrieli Prize for Music Jewish) Music). Mezzo-soprano Eliza Bagg joins Yotam Haber’s Estro Poetico-armonico III. Also on the program are David Adamcyk’s Double Concerto and Jonathan monrothe arrangement of Dissidence by famous Canadian composer Pierre Mercure. Soprano Sharon azrieli, who designed the Azrieli Music Prizes for the Azrieli Foundation, joins the Dissidence ensemble and Sam jones, trumpet, and Mike Lormand, trombone, join the Double Concerto.

The first work on the award-winning program at the AMP, Arras by Keiko Devaux – which means a richly woven tapestry – contains a kaleidoscope of influences from generations, cultures and musical genres that can be found in the sound stories of Devaux. and his families. Devaux draws inspiration from a range of materials representing the looms on both sides of his family tree (the sound of the wind across the fields symbolizing agriculture, and that of a power loom about weaving), the natural environments in which they lived (including the patterns of animal behavior such as those of starlings and fireflies), as well as the musical traditions both religious (plainsong and Buddhist chant) and vernacular (French song and Japanese-American folk song) ) through which these families expressed their identity. The result is an evocative, constantly evolving and captivating musical experience.

Yotam Haber’s Estro Poetico-armonico III for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra – the third work in a series – continues the composer’s long exploration in the music of the Jewish community of Rome, as discovered through the recordings archives of ethnomusicologist Leo Levi. Haber uses these recordings of traditional cantillations and liturgical texts in conjunction with – or in opposition to – texts by four modern Israeli poets (Ory Bernstein, Eli Eliahu, Israel Bar Kohav and Aharon Shabtai) who reflect on aspects of Israeli life. modern while struggling with its history.

The final work of a 2020 WAP laureate, Kadosh Kadosh and Cursed by Yitzhak Yedid, was inspired by the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – a holy but conflicting place, sacred to Muslims and Jews. Yedid writes: “The work, in two parts, consists of 24 connected musical scenes that link the compositional approaches from two opposing musical traditions: on the one hand, Arab art music and the Mizrahi piyyutim (Jewish liturgical songs of ‘Arab influence) and on the other hand the other European traditions, avant-garde music and improvisation. “

This concert is part of the prize that each 2020 AMP Laureate receives – valued at CAD $ 200,000 – which also includes the recent album release (October 1) New Jewish Music Vol. 3 – Azrieli Music Prize. Other elements of the prize package include a cash award of CAD $ 50,000; a world premiere of the gala; and another international performance in Israel next December. Tickets ($ 10-20) for this show are available at

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