I performed Debussy’s Syrinx live on Kol HaMusica, Israel’s classical radio station, as part of a show I did while in Jerusalem recently. It was not video recorded, but I will receive a CD which I will post soon. Host Zmira Lutzky invited me to be a guest on her show “Nuages, Fêtes, Sirènes,” which she named after the movements of Debussy’s Nocturnes. She devotes her program to new music and in addition to promoting new music in general and Israeli composers in particular, she is co-director of the Israel Contemporary Players, a new music ensemble based at the Jerusalem Music Centre. A pianist by training, Zmira studied with the great Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
The two-hour show I did included an interview, live performances, and the broadcast of selections from my most recent CD “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” a 2-CD set with my duo pianist Charles Abramovic on Innova Recordings, and airings of live performances of Dolce Suono Ensemble. I was impressed by Zmira’s comprehensive knowledge of new music and absolute command of English, because during the show she interviewed me in English, then gave Hebrew summaries for the listening audience. It was a delight spending time with this warm and gracious woman.
How fitting for me to perform Syrinx on this Debussy-titled show. Zmira always plays one movement of Nocturnes as a lead-in, and invited me to choose the movement. I selected “Fêtes.” Then she had me begin with Syrinx right afterwards. I also performed music by Astor Piazzolla, Tzvi Avni, and Shulamit Ran. The selections from “Odyssey” which were broadcast were by Richard Danielpour, David Ludwig, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Zhou Tian. Also aired: Nuit d’étoiles, a Debussy song I arranged, and a Brazilian choro from my first CD “MIMI,” and Dolce Suono Ensemble live performances of music by Telemann, Ravel, George Crumb, and Shulamit Ran. I love hearing Vox Balaenae / Voice of the Whale translated into Hebrew: Kol Ha Levyatan!
Here I am with Zmira Lutzky, host on Kol HaMusica, after our show.