Kishkush | for 10 players (2022) 6.5’
 
Instrumentation
Flute (Piccolo), Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, 2 Percussion (Perc 1: marimba, suspended cymbal Perc 2: vibraphone, cowbell, kick drum, suspended cymbal), Piano (Electric Piano), Violin,Viola, Cello and Double Bass 

Commission
Justus and Elizabeth Schlichting for the 2022 Bang on a Can Summer Festival
 
Program note
The Hebrew word Kishkush (קִשְׁקוּשׁ) can mean, depending on context, a scribble, a rattling sound, idle chatter, or nonsense (as in “Udi’s music, what a Kishkush!”). In my piece Kishkush for ensemble, written for Bang on a Can Summer Festival, I took a single zigzaggy melodic shape and treated it with the same sense of careless fantasy that I treat my scribbles.

Performance history
LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA, Hunter Auditorium, North Adams, Massachusetts, July 29, 2022
Todd Reynolds, conductor; members of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival

Israeli Music Festival, Hamiffal, Juersalem, Israel, September 28, 2022
Jerusalem Street Orchestra; Maayan Franco, conductor