BRACHA BDIL, composer and pianist, was born in 1988. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Levinsky College and a Master’s degree in Music Education and Composition the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, led by Prof. Andre Hajdu and Prof. Haim Permont. She trained in classical voice with Hadassah Ben-Haim, classical piano with Dina Orlov and Dr. Irena Berkowitz, jazz with Marina Lewinsky and piano chamber music with Prof. Alexander Tamir.
She was the First Prize winner in both the Wolf Durmashkin Composition Award (Germany, 2018) and the Yardena Alotin Composition Competition, Bar-Han University (Israel, 2016). Her repertoire includes orchestral, chamber, vocal and electronic music, as well as music for dance and theater.
Her musical compositions and edited works have been performed in the USA, Russia, Canada, Australia and Greece as well as in her country of residence, Israel. Her works are published by the Israel Music Institute.
Currently, she is a member of the Israel Composer’s League and is a Lecturer at the Levinsky College of Music Education, the Jerusalem College, and the Ron Shulamit Conservatory.
"Banaue Water Steps"
The image of Banaue’s amazing terraces is immediately associated with sea waves. The circular movement, the continuity, the natural and unique flow under the infinite and pure sky creates an emotion of splendor and admiration for the universe and the connection between human action and the creation of God.
This work is divided into two sections, non-measured as the sky and streams, and measured like waves. The infinite, clear and pure sky is expressed by high strings in pedal-point suggesting the flight of birds, streaming clouds, ‘Genesis’-horn, and the like. The ripples and streams are depicted in a steady movement that constantly flows and ultimately becomes a tempest. In this section, the flow and convolutedness are expressed by imitations repeated between the voices.
In terms of composites, the work is based on triangular chords that are related to each other in the 3rd interval. These 3rd interval relations create a sense of continuous movement, climbing to a higher step-terrace or descending to the lower one. Sometimes there is a continuum of 3rds upwards that simulates a protracted climb up the mountain, step by step all the way to the top. The association of water currents is linked to the sophisticated irrigation system on the terraces developed by the Ifugao people, which exploits rainwater impressively.
The piece ends with the sky motif with a spectacular panorama of Earth meeting Heaven, a veritable stairway to the skies.