Inbal Segev: 21st Century Women

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Cellist Inbal Segev performs works by modern female composers: Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Anna Clyne, Gity Razaz, and Kaija Saariaho.
When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $18 presale, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: https://roulette.org/event/inbal-segev-21st-century-women/

Brooklyn, NY – Cellist Inbal Segev, known for her “glowing, burnished tone” (The Washington Post) presents a program of music for solo cello by five of today’s prominent women composers—Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Kaija Saariaho, and Gity Razaz—at Roulette. San Francisco Classical Voice described Segev’s performance of this program as “dynamic and musically diverse.” The evening’s focal point, Legend of Sigh (2015) by Gity Razaz, is a multimedia, immersive piece for cello and electronics written for Segev with video and projection design by filmmaker Carmen Kordas. Legend of Sigh explores the themes of birth, transformation, and death through the retelling of an Azerbaijani folktale about a mysterious being, Sigh, who appears every time someone lets out a heartfelt sigh, unknowingly calling out to him.

Segev will also perform a solo cello arrangement of Anna Clyne’s Rest These Hands (2009), which shares the title with a
poem written by Clyne’s mother in the last year of her life; Missy Mazzoli’s A Thousand Tongues (2009), a short but
intense response to a text by Stephen Crane; Reena Esmail’s Perhaps (2005), composed in collaboration with video and
projection designer, dancer, and filmmaker Heather McCalden; and Kaija Saariaho’s Spins and Spells (1997), of which
Saariaho writes, “The title evokes the two gestures which are at the origin of the work: on the one hand the pattern which I
call ‘spinning tops’ turning around on the one spot or undergoing changes, and on the other, timeless moments, centered on
the sound colour and texture.”

Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone … delivered with impressive fluency and style” and with “luscious phrasing” by The Strad. She has performed around the world as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony, and has collaborated with legendary conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, and Marin Alsop. She has commissioned new works by Avner Dorman, Timo Andres, Gity Razaz, and Dan Visconti, and in 2018 was the first cellist to perform Christopher Rouse’s violoncello concerto since Yo-Yo Ma premiered it in the 1990s. Segev co-founded the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, and has co-curated the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival with Marin Alsop since its inception in 2017. Segev’s recent discography includes acclaimed recordings of romantic cello works with pianist Juho Pohjonen (Avie) and Bach’s Cello Suites (Vox). Her YouTube channel features music videos and her popular master class series Musings with Inbal Segev, which has thousands of subscribers across continents and close to one million views. Her many honors include prizes at the Pablo Casals and Paulo International Competitions. Segev began playing the cello in Israel and at age 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.