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Composer Yakir Arbib to be featured in interactive recital at Florence Simmons Performance Hall

February 15, 2017

Yakir e Roberto (10)Charlottetown, PE – World-renowned composer Yakir Arbib will present The Face to Face: Composition in the Moment, an interactive recital taking place in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall March 15 at 7:30.

Arbib has the gift of synesthesia, a condition where the stimulation of one sense, such as hearing, leads to the stimulation of another, allowing him to visualize tones as distinct colors. Combined with his perfect pitch, he is able to create entire musical compositions on the spot without any preparation.

Equally versed both in classical music and jazz, Arbib is four-time winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for young talents (2006-2009), winner of the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in 2008, and was signed at age 19 by the European Philology Jazz Records (Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Phil Woods), under which he released his first album, Portrait. In 2015, he won second prize at the Montreux International Piano Jazz Competition, and was described by the jury as “the most extremely original pianist”, an accolade which resulted in an invitation to perform with internationally renowned musicians Al Jarreau, Nils Petter Molvaer and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

During the first part of the recital, Arbib will perform improvisations based on well-known themes from the concert piano repertoire, as well as his own original compositions. In the second half of the performance, he will invite the audience to give him musical themes, which he will then use to improvise new compositions on the spot.

Canadian guitarist Amy Brandon will open for Arbib. Holding degrees in jazz guitar performance and composition, Brandon is completing an interdisciplinary PhD in music cognition at Dalhousie University. She has performed in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and at several festivals, including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Guitar Now Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series and the 2016 Open Waters Experimental Music Festival. In 2015-16 she attended the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Interplay with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and completed an Atlantic Centre for the Arts residency with composer Myra Melford. In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning cognition and guitar expertise. She has presented her work at conferences in Australia, Switzerland, Hungary and the United Kingdom.

Tickets to the concert are $10, and may be purchased at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall box office during regular business hours, or by calling (902) 894-6885. Proceeds from the concert will be used to purchase equipment for the Holland College School of Performing Arts Music Performance program. The School of Performing Arts is a partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts.

For more information about Yakir Arbib, visit www.yakirarbib.com. For more information about Amy Brandon visit www.amybrandon.ca.

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