Yakir Arbib's Waves of Visions

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Friday / April 12, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Yakir Arbib (center, top) and his group
From left: Tamar Haber-Schaim, Roberto Giaquinto, Yakir Arbib, Naseem Alatrash, Milena Jancuric
Photo by David Mohai
Photo by David Mohai

Waves of Visions is a collaboration between pianist and composer Yakir Arbib and visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim that comes to fruition in a seven-movement suite for live visuals, flute, drum set, piano, and cello.

Throughout the piece, music and visuals interact and influence each other on various levels, and coexist as two separate living presences that may be perceived by either one of two senses. Arbib, having synesthesia and being blind from birth, is able to pick up on the presence of the visuals and respond to it in the moment with his music, while Haber-Schaim dynamically performs as an integral member of the band, thus creating a fifth musical instrument.

Each one of the suite's movements focuses on a different approach to the process of creating: from improvisation in the moment, to preconceived structure, to reconstruction of a moment of ecstasy. The two artists consent to mirror each other's processes in order to achieve a unified artistic expression.

Their performance can be seen streamed live at:



Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem in 1989 and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records. Since Arbib began his studies at Berklee in 2009, he has made a radical return to classical music, studying under piano chair Stephany Tiernan and composition chair Arnold Friedman. He has been composing and performing avant-garde classical music appearing in prestigious halls such as Steinert Hall in Boston and Felicja Blumental Center in Tel Aviv. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and the Triple Helix Piano Trio.

Tamar Haber-Schaim is a visual artist who has developed her own minimalist approach to illustration, graphic design, and animation. Her work has appeared in publications such as British Vogue, Der Spiegel, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, and Condé Nast Traveler. Her three mediums—line drawing, cut paper, and digital work—have appeared in international art annuals and exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Germany. She has animated and produced television commercials for American and Italian television using all three of these techniques. She also takes the warmth and minimal feel of her style and applies it to her work as a graphic designer.

Milena Jancuric is a flutist from Serbia. She studied classical music performance at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in May 2010. Since beginning her studies at Berklee, she has been involved with classical, jazz, Latin, and world music projects. She has taken part in many concerts and projects as a soloist, member of the chamber ensemble, orchestra, small groups, and big band, as well as a studio musician, within and outside of Serbia, including in Italy, France, Slovenia, and the United States. 

Cellist Naseem Alatrash has attracted attention for his unique style and special sound, which is combined with his virtuosic performance. His unique musical identity is the outcome of his experience in Middle Eastern music and his deep study of classical music. Alatrash was the first musician from the Middle East to be awarded the a Presidential Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Recently, he recorded with Simon Shaheen, Mike Bono Group, and top world-fusion ensembles. He also performs with the Palestine National Orchestra and Aldeburgh World Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Italian drummer Roberto Giaquinto was awarded a scholarship in 2009 to attend Berklee College of Music and is pursuing a degree in jazz performance. After he moved to Boston in 2010, he was selected to be a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded and led by artistic director and world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez. Since coming to Berklee, Giaquinto has performed at the Blue Note NY, Detroit Jazz Festival, BeanTown Jazz Festival, Kimmel Center, and Panama Jazz Festival. He is involved in groups with students and alumni including Matthew Halpin Quartet, Christian Li Group, Daniel Rotem Trio, Mike Bono Group, Yakir Arbib, and Erena Terakubo.

The visual portion of tonight's performance is being realized thanks to technology donated to the college by Adobe Systems and to the visual artist, Tamar Haber-Schaim, by Wacom Americas.