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08.08.2014

Also a Composer: Yuval Shaked

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"It's a little bit strange for me to say "I am a composer", Yuval Shaked says. He considers that to be a father or a gardener is as important as to compose a piece. He has his own garden near Haifa full of orange-trees, lemons and olives and talks about it with the same seriousness as when he talks about music.


Yuval has tried many things in his life. At first he studied mathematics, then mechanical engineering and finally decided to be a musician. He also tried different instruments: a trumpet was his first instrument, then a guitar, and after that he studied playing on the clarinet. He never played in Klezmer bands but his works are really rooted in folk culture. One of his most famous pieces – Liebeslament – is an example of these strong roots. It's astonishing that such a touching melody came from the pen of this rational, eagle-eyed man but, in the context of his words about himself, we can understand that he is able to be a mathematician and a lyric poet at the same moment.

Yuval Shaked im Gespräch mit Helmut Lachenmann
08.08.2014

"It's a little bit strange for me to say "I am a composer", Yuval Shaked says. He considers that to be a father or a gardener is as important as to compose a piece. He has his own garden near Haifa full of orange-trees, lemons and olives and talks about it with the same seriousness as when he talks about music.