Tokyo

from Movements for Violin and Piano

by Illya Filshtinskiy

 

It’s happened: aTonalHits has jumped headlong into the world of composition, first-hand.  We’ve been playing the work of new composers for years now, premiering over a hundred works- at least, actually- and it seemed high time to write our own pieces.  That being realized, I wrote us a piece, entitled Movements, the first of which is Tokyo, included here.

 

When I was growing up in Ukraine, deep under the shadow of a fallen Soviet Union, my grandfather used to read me a story which I adored- I don’t remember the name, but it had the refrain of memories of Singapore running through it.  The Far East, in all its exotic glory, was just that- a dream of the far away, that couldn’t ever be possibly acknowledged.  Growing up in a Soviet block apartment, where children (myself included) used hypodermic syringes as toys and spent endless hours toiling buckets of water up and down flights of stairs to create a little frozen ice rink in the dead of winter, two feet in diameter- if that- it was a complete impossibility to ever leave that place.  To leave- why?  And the bigger question- How?

 

Needless to say, against the odds, not only did I end up here in the U.S.- and a citizen, to boot- but living in NYC as a musician.  And to top it off, I did actually achieve my pipe-dream of visiting the Far East some years ago with Katha.  I don’t think I let go of my camera the entire time.  The bizarreness of the experience to me, the complete and utter culture-shock, was all-consuming.  From the time we lifted off from JFK, I already had my camera rolling out of the airplane windows.  Now that I have visited Tokyo many times the sheen has worn off somewhat, leaving a fascination with the way the city itself functions.  I hope this film conveys my feelings of this busy, hustling city, full of those with their heads down, seeing all- not so different, in fact, from my own home in New York.

Beethoven, New York, Halloween

Sonata Op. 110, Allegro Molto

Illya Filshtinskiy, piano

 

 

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A Multi-Chapter Children's Book

by Katha Zinn

 Allan Evans

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Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.

Beethoven, New York, Halloween

Sonata Op. 110, Allegro Molto

Illya Filshtinskiy, piano

 

 

Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.

Beethoven, New York, Halloween

Sonata Op. 110, Allegro Molto

Illya Filshtinskiy, piano

 

 

Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.
Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.

Toogo Goes Home

A Multi-Chapter Children's Book

by Katha Zinn

Beethoven, New York, Halloween

Sonata Op. 110, Allegro Molto

Illya Filshtinskiy, piano

 

 

Toogo Goes Home

A Multi-Chapter Children's Book

by Katha Zinn

Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.

Beethoven, New York, Halloween

Sonata Op. 110, Allegro Molto

Illya Filshtinskiy, piano

 

 

Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.
Allan Evans gives an interview where he talk about Reverent Gary Davis, and his fasinating childhood in New York City. Allan Evans is the first guest on aTonalHits podcast.