Artifice and nature intersect in «TEL AVIV FLORA & FAUNA», Tom Soloveitzik’s exploration of the ambiguous territory between musical composition, the built environment, and the natural world. This release includes a PDF of Soloveitzik’s score, which deftly integrates field recording with structured improvisation and a precise attention to geographic specificity; a recording of the piece by Soloveitzik (tenor saxophone), Orr Sinay (double bass), Yoni Niv (crotales), Shaul Kohn (acoustic guitar), and Haggai Fershtman (cymbals); and a PDF document in which Soloveitzik’s densely poetic reflections on his surroundings are richly illustrated by the photography of Valery Bolotin. Together, they give a portrait of Tel Aviv’s distinctive conflation of the organic and the artificial. The complete release is here presented on a USB flash drive.



“The idea for Tel Aviv Flora & Fauna started developing from remnants, debris, and other everyday mutations that I found around me, in my daily surroundings here in Tel Aviv, in the intersection between urban life and nature. I first framed them in the visual realm and then moved on, exploring ways to communicate them via sound. All the instruments in this piece (except the saxophone)—guitar, crotales, contrabass and cymbals—were played using a bow. During our session in the studio, the outside surroundings of southern Tel Aviv were recorded from the rooftop above us and were later used as additional sound material.”

—Tom Soloveitzik




Tom Soloveitzik is a musician and artist based in Tel Aviv, Israel. He works with the materiality of sound, the practice of listening, and the potentiality of recording [a ‘field’] through performance and writing. He co-directs Ensemble Musica Nova for experimental music and the Holon Scratch Orchestra.




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Orr Sinay: double bass

Yoni Niv: crotales

Shaul Kohn: acoustic guitar

Haggai Fershtman: cymbals

Tom Soloveitzik: tenor saxophone


Recorded by Ishay Piccione on July 24th, 2018, at Pluto Studios, Tel Aviv

Mixed & Mastered by A. F. Jones at Laminal Audio

Cover design by Avihai Mizrahi

Photographs by Valery Bolotin


Special thanks: Shaul Kohn, Al Jones, Valery Bolotin, Dahlia Ginosar

Released 2020
This is Suppedaneum no. 22