Kaila Flexer is a violinist, composer and music educator. She is co-founder of Teslim, a quartet of Bay Area musicians dedicated to playing contemporary modal music inspired by Turkish classical and folk musics as well as traditional music from the Balkans. For a full bio, click here >>
7 Decades is a recording project of Kaila Flexer’s original compositions honoring her parents, Abe & Bobbie Flexer, who met when they were both 11 years old and are now 84. They have been happily in love for over 7 Decades. Click here for more information on the project.
(tes-LEEM) is a Turkish word that means both “commit” and “surrender.” It is also a musical term for a recurring theme in Turkish music. For us the recurring theme is that the trust we have in one another musically has allowed us to both commit and surrender to our own individual voices, hopefully creating something larger than the four of us.
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Aleksandra Radonic, Photographer
Our friend Aleksandra Radonic is an incredible photographer. Though she lives in Serbia and we live in the U.S., we met as admirers of each other’s work over the internet and have been emailing one another for two years now. Her work is astonishing, profound, magical and painterly. She has an incredible sense of drama and composition. Here’s a link to her Flickr page. Her work is quite unusual. She’s a stunning artist and a very talented and intelligent young woman. Did I mention that she also happens to be gorgeous? How is this possible?
She created a montage of some of her photos and it’s accompanied by a Teslim song—Stone’s Throw (for Carla).