Mandolinist Avi Avital Returns To U.S. For Additional Concerts In Support of Acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon Album, BETWEEN WORLDS
“A convincing advocate for his instrument” The Wall Street Journal
Reflecting a blend of genres, Between Worlds is Grammy-nominated mandolin player Avi Avital’s second album for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics. The album was released in January, on the heels of a rousing and packed concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. A virtuosic and engaging live performer, Avital embraces both improvisational and traditional music with this new recording, as well as in his live shows. In April, he returns to the U.S. for concerts at the Savannah Music Festival, and major east coast cities including the New York, Washington DC, Boston and Philadelphia areas (complete dates listed below).
Between Worlds combines elements of classical and traditional folk, resulting in a rich and adventurous musical journey. The New York Times recently said of the album, “Avi Avital collects treasures from around the world and performs them in stunning arrangements with friends from chamber and world music. His rendition of Bartok’s Romanian Dances is revelatory, as are the percussion-driven dances that reveal the affinity of the mandolin with the Middle Eastern oud.”
Avital’s 2012 DG debut Bach, featured his own transcriptions of the composer’s concertos for harpsichord and violin, in arrangements for mandolin and orchestra. Between Worlds now finds Avital exploring Bartók and de Falla, then traveling from Georgian and Bulgarian folk dances to South American songs and Yiddish melodies. “The mandolin has a mixed identity that lies somewhere between classical and popular music – rather like the Russian balalaika and the Greek bouzouki. That was my starting point,” explains Avital.
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April 1 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
April 3 – North Bethesda, MD – Strathmore
*April 6 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge with Metropolis Ensemble
*April 7 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge with Metropolis Ensemble
April 8 – Boston, MA – Regattabar
April 9– Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
*New York City LPR shows only
5:30PM 4/6 & 6:30PM 4/7
Avi Avital and composer David Bruce offer a pre-concert performance and composer chat to discuss Bruce’s dynamic new work, Cymbeline and Avital’s new DG recording Between Worlds. Avital will perform excerpts from Cymbeline and Between Worlds, illustrating how both projects have emerged out of Bruce and Avital’s shared passion for music that crosses the borders between folk and classical.
Cymbeline was written for Avital and its namesake is an old Celtic word meaning “Lord of the Sun.” According to the composer, Cymbeline was inspired initally by the seemingly warm and golden color palette of mandolin and strings. Between Worlds, Avi Avital’s second disc for DG explores Bartók and de Falla, then travels from Georgian and Bulgarian folk dances to South American songs and Yiddish melodies.03/14/2014