Author Archives: Yotam Haber

Wasting Time

Chris Rouse watches soap operas while composing. Kabalevsky would write during parties. How do you work…or avoid work?

Let’s Have a Fair

Art fairs are the cool destination in the contemporary art world. Why isn’t this happening in the new music world? Is our club still too exclusive?

A Little Sunshine Does a Composer Good

Hearing my music performed reminds me that I am a musician—a seemingly obvious idea, but one that seems to slip to the wayside when I do necessary, yet not very musical chores for days or weeks on end.

The Telephone Game

I am exploring the idea that there is some kind of bond between the music sung by Jews in the Second Temple and the music sung today, through an unbroken line of family traditions going back 22 centuries.

Since It Is Absurd

Three days ago, I read a history of the Jews in Rome, and now I am angry in a way that can’t be pushed to the back burner.

Letters of Recommendation

I can’t say I recommend three-hour new music concerts—it’s mentally exhausting for me—but by the looks of it, Roman audiences can’t get enough.

Modern Music as a Political Statement

I was amazed to see virtually the entire audience remain for a performance of Luigi Nono’s A floresta é jovem e cheja de vida, which came last on the second half of a 2 and 3/4 hour concert.