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Ilinx (2014), for percussionist and ensemble

Ilinx (2014) is a sixty minute composition in six episodes written for percussionist Aiden McKee and a fifteen member ensemble. The work exploits and celebrates the gestures that musicians make, taking movement as a central element of the composition. Yet it is not a dance or theater, but an exaggeration of the functional movements that we see at the concert hall. Physical movements of the performing musician, which are traditionally considered secondary in the concert hall, are foregrounded in Ilinx. Movement becomes as important as sound itself, and together they are bound into a unique artistic gesture.

The score asks for unusual arrangements of the percussion instruments, requiring the soloist to move over large distances, to maneuver at times in great speed, to use awkward postures and winding routes in order to reach instruments, and to whirl as in a dance. Each episode focuses on a particular acoustic topic and its relations with movement: in one episode the percussionist runs hectically between drums scattered onstage and in the aisles, in another he interacts with the audience with tiny, barely audible instruments, making soft intimate sounds. Other episodes have him crawling through paper and rattles, playing a variety of hanging metallophones inside a ten-foot high tripod, surrounding an island of pitched percussion instruments and more.Each acoustic topic in Ilinx treats movement and space differently; together they trace an evolving performative behavior and attitude toward the audience. Ilinx takes us from personal intimacy and audience participation, through rituals, games and play, to frontal, distanced performance and even exclusion and alienation.

Meanwhile, the ensemble performs a parallel, seemingly disconnected set of short cues. The ensemble’s music feels like it is acting in opposition to the percussionist, performing either unseen or appearing in incomplete groups for brief moments. Their music is never synchronized with the percussion, and they seem to disregard the audience and the space. The musical and performative world of the ensemble emphasizes, by way of contrast, the vitality and essence of the physical and the visible: in this way Ilinx argues that all objects, space and movements are potent with sound and music. Ilinx strives to raise awareness of relations between musicians, space and objects, while encouraging us to reconsider the importance of movement in all performance.
The project is a result of a two-year process of research and creative work, as a part of my doctoral dissertation in music composition. The work was performed at the University of California Santa Cruz music center in November 2014.

[Sociologist Roger Caillois used the term Ilinx in his theory of play. He describes it as “an attempt to destroy momentarily the stability of perception and inflict a kind of voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind”. Ilinx is subversion and destruction of stability “brought about by a foregrounding of physical sensation, an awareness of the body set free from the normal structures of control and meaning.” (Caillois 1961, 23)]

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Jun 28, 10 – The Jerusalem Music Centre – Jerusalem – Students\’ compositions concert

Who
Students' compositions concert
When
Monday, June 28, 2010
20:00 - Free admission - All Ages
Where
Mishkenot Sha'ananim
P.O. Box 4568
Jerusalem, Israel 91045
Other Info
The piece "La chute adouci" by Ittai Rosenbaum for violin solo will be performed by Yotam Gaton. This is a concert of compositions by students of the Jerusalem Academy of Music.

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Apr 27, 10 – The Yellow Submarine – Jerusalem – YSE with Leah Shabat

Who
YSE with Leah Shabat
When
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
21:30 - Free admission - All Ages
Where
הרכבים 13
Jerusalem, Israel
Other Info
YSE hosts singer-song-writer Leah Shabat, jazzed by Ittai Rosenbaum's arrangements

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Mar 06, 10 – תמונע – Tmuna – תל-אביב – YSE with Mika Karni

Who
YSE with Mika Karni
When
Saturday, March 6, 2010
TBD - All Ages
Where
שונצינו 8
תל-אביב, Israel
Other Info
YSE hosts singer song-writer Mika Karni, jazz arrangements of her songs by Ittai Rosenbaum

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Mar 03, 10 – The Jerusalem Academy of Music – Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Academy Big Band

Who
The Jerusalem Academy Big Band
When
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
TBD - Free admission - All Ages
Where
Campu Givat Ram
Jerusalem, Israel
Other Info
Hall 201

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Feb 24, 10 – The Navon Concert Hall – Jerusalem – VISIBLE SOUNDS CONFERENCE

Who
VISIBLE SOUNDS CONFERENCE
When
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
18:45 - All Ages
Where
The Jerusalem Academy of Music
Givat Ram Campus
Jerusalem, Israel
Other Info
"Light Color" - A piece for violin, viola, cello, marimba and piano
By Ittai Rosenbaum

Inspired by the painting 'Light Color' by Shlomo Harpaz

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Feb 23, 10 – The Yellow Submarine – Jerusalem – YSE with Hayden Chisholm

Who
YSE with Hayden Chisholm
When
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
21:30 - Free admission - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
הרכבים 13
Jerusalem, Israel
Other Info
The Yellow Submarine Ensemble hosts Hayden Chisholm, the New Zealand saxophonist/clarinetist/composer/producer who has been at the forefront of European music scene for over a decade. It is the 6th evening of the celebrated concerts' series "Not Standards" in which the YSE joins guest artists for a non-standard original jazz concert.

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Feb 16, 10 – The Yellow Submarine – Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Academy Big Band

Who
The Jerusalem Academy Big Band
When
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
21:30 - Free admission - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
הרכבים 13
Jerusalem, Israel
Other Info
The Jerusalem Academy of Music Students present their arrangements and compositions for big band. Directed and conduted by Ittai Rosenbaum.

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Jan 08, 10 – תמונע – Tmuna – תל-אביב – YSE with poet Liat Kaplan

Who
YSE with poet Liat Kaplan
When
Friday, January 8, 2010
13:00 - Admission: 40 IS - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
שונצינו 8
תל-אביב, Israel
Other Info
Double event: YSE hosts poet Liat Kaplan, original jazz compositions with poetry and a CD release party for the newly released "Between Waters and Waters"
ארוע כפול: אנסמבל הצוללת מארח את המשוררת ליאת קפלן במופע שירה וג'אז וארוע השקת הדיסק החדש "בין מים למים"

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Dec 22, 09 – The Yellow Submarine – Jerusalem – YSE with Mika Karni

Who
YSE with Mika Karni
When
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
21:30 - Free admission - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
הרכבים 13
Jerusalem, Israel
Other Info
YSE hosts singer-song-writer Mika Karni, Ittai Rosenbaum's arrangements of her well known songs for Mika and the jazz ensemble.

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