"Michael Yezerski's new piece, Kaddish Avelim, commissioned by the choir, explored the rhythmically free melodic style of the Kaddish prayer in the Jewish tradition. The calling part usually taken by the rabbi went to a solo cello (Julian Smiles) and the congregational response went to the choir. It celebrated the declamatory and communal aspects of chant and ritual, starting with role separation of the cello and choral parts, moving gradually to broad collective unity." Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, June 26, 2012
Sydney Chamber Choir, Julian Smiles (cello), Thomas Wilson (cond.)
Live recording, Great Hall, Sydney University, Jayson McBride (eng. / prod.)
Visit CIRCA at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. It's an immersive experience - a revolving theatre that takes you through the museum's permanent collection (and at the same time, the history of Australia), choreographed to Michael Yezerski's score for large string orchestra, harp and percussion.