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Ofer Pelz composes music for diverse combinations of instruments and electroacoustic media, he is also an active improviser. He is the co-founder of Whim Ensemble together with Preston Beebe.
He holds a doctorate in Composition from the University of Montreal. Having also studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as at the CNR Blanc Mesnil, CNSM, and IRCAM in Paris.
The work of Ofer Pelz has been recognized by the reception of many international prizes including two ACUM awards, French ‘Commande d’état’ and the Ernst Von Siemens Grant. His music is played regularly in festivals such as IRCAM-ManiFeste, La Biennale di Venezia, MATA Festival, Nuova Consonanza, Heidelberger Biennale für Neue Musik, and Cervantino festival. Meitar Ensemble, Cairn Ensemble, Ardeo String Quartet, The Israel Contemporary Players, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quasar Quartet, Architek Percussion, Geneva Camerata, and Neue Vocalsolisten are among the ensembles that plays Pelz’s music. Pelz has collaborated with several dance choreographers, among them the French choreographer François Raffinot.
(updated June 2019)
“Mr. Pelz’s fluttering “Chinese Whispers” brought the five excellent Meitar players, including the clarinetist Jonathan Hadas and the violinist Moshe Aharonov, together. The end — long seconds of toneless evocation of breathing — was as delicate as music gets.”
“And so it continued, with Mr. Pelz’s “Repetition Blindness,” a restless new piece that shifts from dreamily descending arpeggios to bouts of pummeling chords, at the center of the program”
“The Pelz premiere made an ominously lustrous centerpiece.”
“…musique alerte et rafraichissante, ludique autant que risquée, où se conjuguent finesse et inventivité. Pierre-André Valade lui confère sa légèreté et en détaille les trouvailles sonores.”
“C’est dans ce genre de moments que résident l’originalité d’Ofer Pelz : ce qui n’est habituellement qu’un effet sonore devient chez lui matière à musique.“
“…It was a pleasure to listen to the sound world that emerged during the piece (Do Bats eat Cats?)…with a delicate taste, humor, and a clear formal perception that is logical and unique.”
“The avant-garde duo of pianist Ofer Pelz and percussionist Preston Beebe just released Pre-Fall, an amalgamation of various experiments in the spontaneous synchronicity of the two performers here. While the recorded output is a fantastic experience in its own right, there is something truly mesmerizing in witnessing such performance being played live, as I had the chance to. Hopefully, you’ll get to do the same, but in the meantime, let this incredible release engulf you whole.”
“…the two focus on time, texture, space, and ambiance through seven fascinating improvisations…both players ebb and swell in response to the other player, with intense concentration and profoundly creative intent.”
SquidCo review on pre-fall album (Whim ensemble)
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