Yael Bat-Shimon

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I have released a new CD (also available for download) with guest guitarist Ariel Burger entitled "When Way Opens: Live Improvisations."  (February 2010)  To all of you whose kind comments I have so appreciated over the years, please do check it out on my web site and pass the word along to your friends!


Yael Bat-Shimon, described by The Boston Globe as an “adventurous contemporary violinist” whose improvisational work “draws on her classical training as well as non-Western musical traditions”, has performed for audiences from Paris, France to Cambridge, MA. Her music was featured in the Fall 2008 edition of the arts and culture e-zine "Zingology", which called her improvisations “fiery interpretations of European and American folk traditions squarely anchored on her classical training.”  In addition to her fascination with the interplay between Western and non-Western musical traditions, Yael is deeply influenced by the work of contemporary painters and dancers. She has worked extensively with choreographers in the collaborative creation of improvised works, often playing the dual role of musician and mover on stage. A Harvard graduate, she has also studied violin performance and contemporary improvisation at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Yael Bat-Shimon's first CD, “When Way Opens: Live Improvisations”, was released in February of 2010.



"It's hard to classify this adventurous contemporary violinist's style. She draws from her classical training as well as non-Western musical traditions for ruminative freestyle tunes with a thoughtful perspective." - Karen Campbell, "The Boston Globe"


"The online album titled Improvisations 05.04.08...is an exquisite 32 minutes of solo violin. Much of Bat-Shimon’s improvising is based on Jewish traditional music so there is a slightly folksy and very lyrical quality to her music. This is an album you will want to hear over and over to catch all the subtleties." - Marvin Vernon, "Free Albums Galore"


"I am very fortunate this time to present to you the violin improvisations of Yael Bat-Shimon, with fiery interpretations of European and American folk traditions squarely anchored on her classical training. Just as Kandinsky attributed the creation of his abstract Compositions to hearing musical tones and chords, Yael reverses the process, with 'Hommage to Kandinsky', by creating tonal layers and spiritual resonance with her strings, which evoke the structure of linear and geometric abstract patterns."- Ricardo Fernandez, "Zingology"

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