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 >>
I hope that you are all doing well as possible and are keeping safe in these difficult and tumultuous times.
It was a beautiful day when Joe and Kamala were inaugurated. We finally got to breath a collective sigh of relief, we got to meet Amanda Gorman and we were finally able to celebrate (masks on) for a minute. After watching the proceedings, I went to a nursery, bought a bunch of gorgeous flowering plants and put them in the ground while listening to Turkish music—a great day!
We miss playing for you and and with one another, and SO look forward to the day we can all be in a room, experiencing music together.
Music is a solace, so if you know people whom you believe would enjoy or be moved by our music, please let them know they can find our music here.
7 Decades is a recording project from the band Teslim 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 to learn more, and here to purchase the album!
(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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