In addition to introducing the Duo’s members Tomer Yariv and Adi Morag to its audience, Zefunot Culture also assisted in the purchase of new percussion instruments.
"Adi and Tomer - PercaDu, are going to prove to you something that even we as musicians find it hard to believe."
Maestro Zubin Mehta,
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Genius percussion players…they were like magicians when they played….Tomer Yariv and Adi Morag are unique percussionists and their concert was an outstanding experience!"
Reykjavik Arts Festival,
Morgunblaoio newspaper, Iceland
"…Often their lines sound like 8 hands (each use two mallets in each hand), strutting along on their own with a clear common purpose and a common tone…The music presented by PercaDu is compelling and exciting, a continuum of high intensity and daring creativity."
"…The diversity of their styles, tones, colors, forms, and even melodic elements was astonishing… The Duo´s virtuoso command of their instruments, their refined musical test, verve and impressive energies demonstrated a high degree of musicianship…"
The Jerusalem Post, Israel
"These musicians seem to have four arms each, just like the ancient Indian gods…musical wizards, percussion geniuses, two people with eight hands… PercaDu stun audiences with their mystical multi-ethnic moods."
RIGA - 5th Introvert Music Festival 2006
PercaDu is a young, dynamic, Israeli percussion duo that has already generated worldwide interest and enthusiasm through their unique style of virtuoso, energetic, and intense playing. Their repertoire consists of compositions written by the duo itself, percussion arrangements of classical pieces by Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and others, and original contemporary music written by Israeli composers such as Avner Dorman, Yaron Gottfried, and Lior Nabok, and composers in the international music scene such as Per Nørgård (Denmark), Nigel Westlake (Australia), Anders Koppel (Denmark), and Salvator Brotons (Spain).
Since forming PercaDu in 1996 in collaboration with Alon Bor (Principal Percussionist for the Israel Philharmonic), Tomer Yariv and Adi Morag have won several prizes in international competitions, such as the first prize at the Percussive Arts Society International Competition in Columbus, Ohio and the Jury Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg. In 2001, PercaDu won first prize as “Best Chamber Music Ensemble” at the Aviv Music Competition and received Israel’s Minister of Culture Prize for Excellence in Music. In 2001, the duo was brought under the wing of the Jerusalem Music Centre in the foundation of Isaac Stern. This collaboration led to the production of their debut CD, PercaDu – Works for Marimba and Percussion, and commissions of several pieces composed for and dedicated to them. One of these pieces is Spices, Perfumes, and Toxins!, a concerto written for PercaDu by Avner Dorman.
Since their performance at the 2007 Verbier Festival under the baton of Zubin Mehta, PercaDu has been in great demand all over the world. In March 2009 they gave their debut with the New York Philharmonic with Mehta conducting, for which the duo received standing ovations on all four evenings.
THIS DUO IS NO LONGER ACTIVE.