Guy Ben-Tov


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Born and raised in Israel, began his musical training at the age of 14. Studied piano with Bart Berman, and composition with Dr. Ilya Heifets, Dan Yuhas and Ruben Seroussi. Received his bachelor’s degree from The Buchmann Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University at the end of 2016. Received scholarships from the Aviva Orshalom Foundation and the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music. Participated in Israeli and international music festivals.

Zrima is comprised of two pieces that can exist separately as two solo works and together as a duo.

Za – The piece for flute offers a linear process both to the listener and to the performer. The text by Yona Wallach conveys immense dissatisfaction that occurs as a result of not being able to find that thing that satiates one’s yearning for satisfaction.

rim – The piece for clarinet is not concerned with a narrative or any “normal” linear process, instead it presents a material that changes through time with no real goal. When the two pieces are played together, the non-consequential nature of this piece is emphasized.
When the titles of the pieces are put together they can create two Hebrew words: Chronologically they create the word – Zarim (זרים), meaning – strangers. But inserting rim into Za you’ll get – Zrima (זרימה), meaning – Flow. The flow exists in both dimensions of time (Za) and space (rim). The goal is to reach a musical flow by making the performers strangers to each other, like the water in the lake is a stranger to the rocks at the bottom.