LABA to Present New Strings Attached with Nadav Lev, Mivos Quartet, Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev and More, 6/30

LABA to Present New Strings Attached with Nadav Lev, Mivos Quartet, Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev and More, 6/30

Multi-faceted guitar virtuoso and 2013-14 LABA fellow Nadav Lev brings forth a diverse selection of pieces for guitar and various ensembles, all written for him by some of the most prominent young composers to emerge from Israel.

The program includes Shomeret Layla, Lev's new original piece recently composed as part of his 2013-14 LABA fellowship at the 14 St. Y, as well as the world premiere of Yair Klartag's Nothing To Express for electric guitar quintet with Mivos Quartet.

Other highlights include Guy Barash's TalkBack III for guitar and electronics, Ronnie Reshef's Four Bialik Children Songs, Gilad Cohen's Rushing Camel and Yonatan Canaan's Hours of Fun. This very special evening will also serve as a preview of Nadav's upcoming album, New Strings Attached, to be released by Delos this winter.

Nadav will be joined by a spectacular group of collaborators, including the Mivos Quartet, singers Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev and Lianne Aharony, sound artist-composer Guy Barash and new media interdisciplinary artists Omer & Tal Golan. This concert will take place at the 14th Street Y Theater on Monday, June 30th at 8pm.

About LABA: LABA is a non-religious house of study and culture laboratory at the 14th St. Y. Through the program, artist fellows partake in a yearlong study of Jewish texts and incorporate these ancient ideas into their contemporary work.

The concert will take place at the 14th Street Y Theater, 344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10003. Call (212) 780-0800 or visit Tickets: $15. Subway: L to 1st Avenue or 3rd Avenue; 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R to 14th Street.

On the Program:

Nadav Lev / Shomeret Layla, for electric guitar, female vocalist and live electronics

Yair Klartag / Nothing To Express, for electric guitar and string quartet

Guy Barash / TalkBack III, for classical guitar and live electronics

Ronnie Reshef / Four Bialik Children Songs, for guitar and mezzo soprano

Gilad Cohen / The Rushing Camel, for classical guitar

Yonatan Canaan / Hours of Fun, for electric guitar


Nadav Lev, Guitarist/Composer: Guitarist and composer Nadav Lev is an exceptional virtuoso on both classical and electric guitar. His proficiency with through-composed as well as improvised music, and his inspired, profound performances of the music of our time have made him one of today's most captivating new performers. An Andres Segovia Award winner (Musica en Compstela, Spain), Lev's Carnegie Hall debut was hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as "sensitive and nuanced performance......a talented and engagingly musical performer.....his stage presence is entirely gracious and personable." Classical Guitar described Nadav's debut album as "a CD to savour and delight in. His playing is of the utmost authority and the entire program is a sheer delight from start to finish."

An Israeli native based in NYC, Nadav was the only guitarist to recently win the America-Israel Cultural Foundation's prestigious Abroad Studies award, and among other prizes he won are the "Ra'anana Guitar Competition" first prize, the "Jerusalem Guitar Competition" Rodrigo Prize, Artists International's Special Presentation Award and the Lillian Fuchs Award.

Mr. Lev has been performing throughout the US, Europe, Israel and South America, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Rose Hall in Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, the Centro Cultural Espanol in Miami and Iglesia De Sampaio De Antealtares in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He was invited to give recitals in prestigious concert series such as the John Marlow Guitar series in Washington D.C. and performed with groups such as the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le Zion and the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra.

Lev's new album, which will be released this winter by Delos, will be dedicated to music written for him by some of Israel's most prominent young composers, with renowned collaborators such as mezzo Rinat Shaham, violinist Miranda Cuckson and the Mivos Quartet. Lev's duo with virtuoso double bassist Remy Yulzari will release its debut album this summer with the French IEMJ label, featuring guest artists Frank London and John Hadfield.

Among Lev's recent collaborations are mezzo soprano Rinat Shaham, mandolin player Avi Avital, harpist Sivan Magen, bandoneon master Raul Jaurena (Piazzolla's double concerto), composer/sound artist Guy Barash and mezzo Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev. Upcoming engagements include summer tours in France and Canada (Lev-Yulzari duo) and collaboration with ICE at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center.

Lev is a 2013-14 LABA fellow at NYC's 14th Street Y, for which he has been writing his new composition Shomeret Layla ("the Night Watcher"), exploring his childhood experiences in an Israeli Kibbutz. His original compositions for various ensembles and for theater have been performed in the US and Israel, including the International Asian Music Festival at the YMCA Jerusalem hall.

Mr. Lev's numerous media appearances include a special program dedicated to him by NYC's WKCR radio station and an appearance on NY TV channel and WQXR; His playing was also featured on Galatz radio station, Israeli Educational Television Channel, and he can be frequently heard on Kol Ha'musika - the
Israeli classical channel. Lev graduated with honors the Master of Music program at the Manhattan
School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin and David Leisner. He earned his bachelor degree Cum Laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, where he studied Composition with Ruben Seroussi and Itzhak Sadai. He also holds B.A in Philosophy from the Tel- Aviv University.

Nadav Lev was born in kibbutz Nachshon, Israel, and began playing jazz guitar at the age of nine. After graduating with honors from the Jazz Department at the "Thelma Yelin" High School for the Arts, he went on to join Israel's Air Force Orchestra as a guitarist. He then turned to classical music, and began studying classical guitar and composition with Ruben Seroussi.

Lev's many years of engagement with Jazz, Rock and a wide range of other musical as well as intellectual interests allowed him to bring to classical and contemporary music an expressive, knowledgeable, edgy and utterly personal voice.

Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, Mezzo-soprano: Mezzo-soprano Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev has won critical acclaim for her "intense expression and pure voice" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with) and "bold, committed deeply physical was her performance..." (The New York Times)

Re'ut majored in Theater at the Thelma Yelin High school of Performing Arts, Tel Aviv, where she also toured as the vocal soloist of its Big Band. After moving to NYC and studying the Strasberg "Method" with Terese Hayden she decided to pursue a classical singing career. Her operatic roles include Anna (DIE SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN/Weill), Donna Elvira in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, Paride in PARIDE ED ELENA/Gluck, Komponist (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS).

On the concert platform, Re'ut has performed in venues such as Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival, USA, Jerusalem Music Centre, The American Academy in Berlin, Bayreuth Museum of Art, the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, for WQXR radio, Kol Hamusika, and on the PBS Website.

As a passionate champion of new music, Re'ut has performed and premiered many important new works by composers such as Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici, Samuel Adler and Dalit Warshaw, in addition to recording with John Musto and Yehudi Wyner for Naxos, Albany Records, Furious Artisans and YIVO label. She has collaborated with players of the Israel and Berlin Philharmonic, ensembles such as the Israel Contemporary Players (PIERROT LUNAIRE), Cygnus Ensemble, the actor Theodore Bikel and choreographer Yasmeen Godder (Ensemble nominated for the Bessie Award.)

In 2013/14 season, she will make her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of David Del Tredici's Dum Dee Tweedle under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. She will also be performing Samuel Adler's NUPTIAL SCENE at Juilliard for his 85th Birthday celebration concert, premiering guitarist and composer Nadav Lev's NIGHT WATCHER for LABA (NYC) as well as recording it for Delos Label, and recording highlights from Joseph Caldwell and Steven Burke's new opera THE JUGGLER. Highlights of upcoming projects include recording Rachmaninoff songs for Arabesque Records, touring Matthew Greenbaum's video-opera ROPE&CHASM as well as collaborating with Momenta String Quartet, the Alexander Trio (Israel).

Her standard concert repertoire ranges from Haydn's ARIANNA A NAXOS to Mozart's REQUIEM to Schoenberg's Op.2 (orchestrated for Re'ut by Gil Shohat), performed with St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra and others. Re'ut lives in NYC and studies with Gerald Martin Moore.

Lianne Aharony, Soprano: Born in Israel, Lianne Aharony received her B.M from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Ms. Aharony has sung with orchestras such as The Israeli philharmonic orchestra, The Israeli Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Orchestra of Jerusalem under the baton of Zubin Mehta, David Shemer, Ronen Borshevsky, Stanly Sperber and others.

Possessing a talent and career unique in their diversity, Lianne has sung in concert halls in Japan, Portugal, Russia, Italy, Turkey, and in world-acclaimed venues such as the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln center, the Weill Recital hall of Carnegie Hall, the Wembley Stadium in London and The Culture Palace of Tel Aviv.

Her concert work portfolio includes performances as the soprano soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Mendelssohn's 42nd psalm with the Haifa Symphony orchestra, The Angel in Scarlatti's Agar et Ismaele with the Jerusalem Baroque orchestra and a soprano soloist in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with The Symphonette Raanana. Her recent performances include the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Manhattan Opera Studio, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with the New York Lyric Opera Theater and Oscar in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera with Vocal Productions. Her operatic repertoire also includes Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, La Fée in Massenet's Cendrillon, Sister Genovieffa in Puccini's Suor Angelica, and The Shepard boy in Puccini's Tosca.