For her performing debut with the Brooklyn Philharmonic on March 8 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, musician Leila Josefowicz is going to plug in her violin.
John Adams’s “Dharma at Big Sur” calls for an electronic violin, but its challenges haven’t dimmed Josefowicz’s enthusiasm for the work.
“It’s one of my specialty pieces,” the violinist told GO Brooklyn. “I love it. It’s a hybrid piece between a western composition and an Indian-style raga. The funny thing is, it’s neither one nor the other, but walks the line in between.”
Performing with amplification does bring risks, Josefowicz admitted.
“It’s very difficult to do, and I’m one of the few traditional soloists today who does this,” she explained. “I have a speaker behind me, because it’s amplified. I wouldn’t hear myself otherwise.
“This is a major tradition that’s being broken,” she continued. “In an acoustic concerto, the orchestra might overwhelm the soloist, but here, it’s the other way around, which is kind of a power trip for me!”
For more information, call (718) 488-5700 or visit www.brooklynphilharmonic.org.
©2008 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.