From: Alistair Lowde <alistairlowde@...>
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Sent: Tue, 19 October, 2010 21:43:51
Subject: Attitude of the JSQ
Found this. 2nd violinist Amichai Grosz and viola player Kyril Zlotnikov of the JSQ in interview in Australia where they are musicians in residence:Rachael Kohn:
Well one of the personalities in the music world that is so well-known is the Argentinian-born Israeli Daniel Barenboim, and I gather, Kyril and Amichai, that you have both worked with him. Tell me about his impact on your careers.Amichai Grosz:
The first time we met Daniel it was with the quartet that we played and it was a piano quintet, chamber music in Jerusalem. When was it? Which year was it?Kyril Zlotnikov:
2000. Of course he was so busy so we didn't think about it, asking him maybe we can play again. And then Kyril and I, we decided to join, Kyril was I think two years, or even one or two years before me, he joined the Divan Orchestra, that is a fantastic project of Barenboim, creating an orchestra that the
musicians of course are Israelis and Arabs, playing together, talking about not just of course political things, issues about life, trying to just speak about everything. And this orchestra, first years, this summer will be eight years?Rachael Kohn:
Nine years. And that's the West East Divan Orchestra.Amichai Grosz:
West East Divan Orchestra, yes. And now Kyril and I are leading the cello and the viola section, and Kyril is also teaching the section, and it's fantastic. It's a wonderful experience, because year by year, people start to know each other, and the same people coming again, most of the people are coming again. I'm talking about people that come in from Lebanon, from Syria, from Iraq, from Egypt of course, from Jordan, from Turkey.Rachael Kohn:
And Palestinians?Amichai Grosz:
Yes, yes, of course. There are a few Palestinians.Kyril Zlotnikov:
There are a couple there. What he does also
now, he started up the musical kindergarten, which is I think, this is the most crucial age for kids to start, to get them interested in something different. I think it's an amazing thing that he actually talks about not just the conservatory, not just the school which is there also, but also musical kindergarten for kids. Hopefully in a few years there will be more kids who are going to come to this orchestra, because meanwhile they're only two or three, but you should see their passion, how they play under this maestro. And of course there's two weeks of every summer that the project takes place. It's based in Seville in Spain, every summer, and there are two weeks of really intense rehearsals and then Daniel comes, when the orchestra is already somehow can play together, and then starts the real work.Rachael Kohn:
And are the performances only in Seville, or are they in Israel?Kyril Zlotnikov:
No, of course there are a couple of
concerts just to run through in Spain and then -Amichai Grosz:
South America. Kyril Zlotnikov:
Yes, we went even to Brazil, to Argentina, and most of the European countries, even to Morocco one year ago we played in Ramalla live concert on TV.Rachael Kohn:
That's the next question. Are you playing in Arab countries?Amichai Grosz:
This is actually the main role of the orchestra, to go to all the countries that there's representatives.Kyril Zlotnikov:
And in Israel of course.Amichai Grosz:
Of course, yes. So to go to all the countries where there are representatives of the orchestra from.Rachael Kohn:
So do you really feel that this is an example of music being able to transcend tribal and political differences, or is your experience a little of this, and a little of that? How would you describe it?Amichai Grosz:
Mr Barenboim also said that it cannot solve the peace
problem in the Middle East of course, and it's not a political project. But it can show that you can put aside all of the killing and the political problems and try to think of each other as a human being, and try to walk together. If it's in music and if it's in a different field of art, and it's happening. I mean it will take time, but what can we do. Also the reason that we are not playing in Syria, in Lebanon, in like I said in Israel, it's mainly because of political problems, bureaucratic problems. The Arabs cannot, as they want to, cannot come just to play in Israel, they would have a lot of problems coming back to their Arab home countries.Rachael Kohn:
They're not allowed to play in Israel.Amichai Grosz:
No, they're not allowed, and this is why Daniel said we cannot have a concert in Israeli only with Israelis, what's the point of it?Rachael Kohn:
How sad.Amichai Grosz:
So we hope that a few years
from now, and then it can - I'm sure if we will have a concert in Syria or Lebanon, that will be a big effect for everything, not just in Europe.
To: alistairlowde@...; bigbromo@...; sallydean22@...; cliffhanley@...; monicaseejay@...; schimi@...; emileaboud2000@...
Subject: Re: JSQ discussion and suggestion
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:19:47 +0100
Thank you so much for your considered thoughts.
I think you underestimate the way the JSQ functions and is used as pro-Israeli propaaganda- see Monica's letter.
However the Vigil outside the concert would be ideal and not aggravate but to some extent educate.
We need some literature to disseminate probably from PSC.
I think Ed Hill has some.
I will be there at 6pm outside the concert hall.