Dorman: Appealing, Yet Filled with Danger

Dorman: Appealing, Yet Filled with Danger
Avner Dorman (center) with PercaDu members Tomer Yariv (left) and Adi Morag (left).
© Jennifer Sherman, courtesy Avner Dorman
“Spices delight the palate, but can cause illness; perfumes seduce, but can also betray; toxins bring ecstasy, but are deadly.” Avner Dorman lures us into his cauldron with the ingredients for his new concerto for percussion duo, Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! Commissioned by the Israel Philharmonic, the work premieres in Tel Aviv on 4 April and features the PercaDu percussion duo. Zubin Mehta conducts.

Spices, Perfumes and Toxins!,” Dorman cites, “refers to three substances that are appealing, yet filled with danger.” The work is the result of years of collaboration between Dorman and PercaDu members Adi Morag and Tomer Yariv, who met during their undergraduate studies in Tel Aviv. “While we were still students,” Dorman explains, “Tomer and Adi asked me to write a piece for them. All three of us aimed at a piece that would be markedly Israeli and would reflect young Israeli culture... The piece, Udacrep Akubrad became one of PercaDu’s signature pieces and my most performed composition and is the basis for the first movement of this concerto... It combines Middle-Eastern drums, orchestral percussion, and rock drums with orchestral forces — a unique sound both enticing and dangerous.”

Dorman’s April calendar also showcases the Jerusalem Quartet’s US premiere of his String Quartet No. 2 (“Mirage”) at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! c.25'
(Concerto for Duo Percussion and Orchestra)
Percussion Duo; 3(afl:pic,bfl).3.3(Ebcl:bcl).3(cbn)/4331/timp+perc/pf.hp/str

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