Singing the Baqashot – reflections on Yitzak Yedid’s Visions, Fantasies and Dances

Visions, Fantasies and Dances Music for String Quartet by Yitzhak Yedid A Reflection by Arjun von Caemmerer Yitzhak Yedid remarks that during a synagogue service the congregants may chant and sing in quasi-unison alongside the cantor, thus spontaneously and intuitively generating heterophonic variations from the monophonic melodies of traditional prayers and Piyyutim. My response to …

Kinetic Conversations (Keith Humble, Bert Turetzky) by Arjun von Caemmerer

The third album, Kinetic Conversations, is an extraordinary and rare find, a heady 100%-proof concoction distilled once and only in the off-hours of a March afternoon at the University of California, San Diego, in 1986. Let loose in the lab were two electric and eclectic and eccentric maestri: the Visiting Professor, Australian Keith Humble, on piano and electronics and Bunsen burner, and the Resident Professor, American Bertram Turetzky, on mortar and pestle and contrabass.

Where Angels Fear To Tread – Yitzhak Yedid’s Arabic Violin Bass Piano Trio by Arjun von Caemmerer

Forget rigid categories, the security of strict delineations. Formative influences for Israeli-born Yedid include classical music (as a child and later at JAMD); the discovery of jazz and improvisation (in Israel and at Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paul Bley and Ran Blake); and not least his immersion in the music of his childhood environment: the Syrian synagogue where all the melodies were rendered in Arabic scales, and his thorough saturation with the Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish scales.