new portrait text on the Boosey & Hawkes website
Michael Kunkel takes a moment and and angle to give Mike Svoboda's compositions a focused overview from a new perspective.
maybe no maybe yes
The music of Mike Svoboda
“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)
Mike Svoboda chose this quote to underline the melancholy mood of his harp duo echo yes no (2019). In a way, this reflects his position as a musician: His rejection to limiting himself to simply one musical genre, profession, or musical stance. He began with jazz, quickly rose to the heights of the new music scene, works with children and loves entertainment. The significant contrast with Silvia Plath is that, for him, choosing one means choosing all the rest! more here on the Boosey website