Ari Frankel

Author: RJ Kitaj ~ The Jew, Etc.
Credits: Ari Frankel after Kitaj and Turgenev

Ari Frankel studied composition at Tel Aviv University's Rubin Academy of Music and Boston University. His teachers included Arik Shapira, Lukas Foss, Joshua Rifkin, Brita Heimark and Richard Cornell. From opera (Lot's Daughters And Their Father) through new-age (Suzanne Ciani's Grammy-nominated Neverland) to contemporary solo piano (SHATTERED, hymns for mortal creatures), Ari's film and television soundtracks, commercial and electronic sound design have gained kudos in Europe and America, including The Bourges International Electroacoustic Festival and The International Film & TV Festival of New York.

Moving to New York City in 1987, he explored themes from The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, T.S. Eliot (The Waste Land), Anne Sexton and many others. Collaborators have included Muna Tseng Dance Projects, the LaMama Theater, The Actors Studio, The Atlantic Theater, John Kelly and Fiona Shaw. Among Mr. Frankel's film compositions are Robert Redford and Michael Apted's documentary Incident At Oglala and several Rebo Studio/NHK High-Definition TV programs, including  Passage To Vietnam,  Doctors Without Frontiers, and  The White House: Inside With The President's Photographers.

The New York Times described one of his many works for dance as a "haunting collage of sounds, original and popular music". The Glasgow Herald felt "true passion" in another work and The London Times marveled at "light seeming materials build[ing] an overwhelming effect". The Village Voice explained his "emotionally charged original music" as "wonderfully poignant and plangent".

Frankel's eclectic  the ocean of love album-for-the-whole-family was awarded a 1996 Parent's Choice honor and selected by Parent Council as outstanding. His music has been heard in Chicago, Houston, Princeton, Los Angeles, England, France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Holland, Japan and Poland. New York performances have included The Kitchen, Dia Center For The Arts, SummerStage at Central Park & Washington Square Church.

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