A Photographer's Lightbox

Gavriel Lipkind

I took a lot of performance photographs of Gavriel Lipkind, trying to find a way to show the intensity, the taking of music to the edge, the communion of instrument and spirit.  He is, I think, a musician’s musician who relentlessly tests musical limits, heightened human experience.   All of that sounds trite and inadequate.  I used shutter speeds that stop dancers in air and yet he was a blur, just too quick.  The thing is, if you get the opportunity to hear him play, to hear the Lipkind Quartet (mostly in Europe), just go and listen.  Or buy some CD’s.  There is no prerequisite, you’ll get it, at nearly a molecular level.  My 14 year old video game immersed grandson confirmed that.  Watching Gavriel teach accomplished high school age students, I saw no ego, just an empathetic and uncompromising passion enabling discovery.  Being able to hear him perform in Cary is one more confirmation of just how the Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival makes us a place you want to live.

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