For his composition”Mei-ayin Yavo Ezri?” a trio for Violin Cello and Piano (From where will my help come), is inspired by Psalm 121, which begins with the words “Shir Hama-alot Esa einai el heharim: Mei-ayin yavo ezri?” The composer tries to create a setting for an open space, enabling the listener to think, reflect, begin a journey while the piece is performed. The beginning of the piece almost lacks a clear melody and a feeling of time, but as it moves on, a melodic theme grabs the listener’s attention. This theme develops only partially and quickly fades away, leaving a space for the listener to immerse again in thoughts, emotions and prayer towards the end of the piece.

Boaz will receive the Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award for “Mei-ayin Yavo Ezri?” at the 2018 American Conference of Cantors – Guild of Temple Musicians Convention in Dallas Texas, June 24-28, where his work will be premiered.

Boaz (born 1985), is a composer, arranger, choir conductor, pianist and music educator. He earned his bachelor’s degree in composition from the Cross-Disciplinary Composition Department in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. His original compositions and arrangements were performed by The Israel Sinfonietta Be’er Sheva Orchestra, Meitar Ensemble Tel Aviv and Tempera Ensemble. Boaz recently directed and conducted a local Israeli English speaking production of Broadway’s “Avenue-Q”. He teaches Music Theory and Music History in the prestigious Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School. Boaz is involved with the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) since early childhood, and Noar Telem Youth Movement as a counselor, songleader and program director.  Nowadays he serves as the Musical Director of Kehilat Kol Haneshama Jerusalem and is also involved nationally with the IMPJ: leads musical services throughout Israel, composes for T’filah, conducts choirs (HUC Jerusalem’s High Holiday choir conductor), and supervises music in prayer services.

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