Can’t Possibly Be True

“This [was] my life,” said musician Boujemaa Razgui in December, referring to 13 handmade flutes he played professionally, “and now they’re gone.” Arriving in New York City from Madrid 
with the 13 woodwinds in his checked luggage, he was shocked to learn U.S. Customs had destroyed them without notice because “wood” 
is a restricted “agricultural” import. Unaware agents had apparently regarded them as mere 
bamboo. Razgui plays worldwide including, since 2002, with the Boston Camerata ensemble staged by the city’s Museum of Fine Arts.