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Written by: [20 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Israeli Opera: 2017 – 2018

Presenting the Israeli Opera’s exciting 2017 – 2018 season, General Director Zach Granit spoke of his sense of responsibility for “an art form with a history of over 400 years,” and the commitment not only to preserve it, but to keep it vigorous and relevant. The vitality of the Israeli Opera shines in the impressive Israeli talents featured in this season, with Israeli soloists taking lead roles in every production, and the Israeli Opera production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Ido Ricklin.

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Written by: [19 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Menashe Forest Festival – Yearot Menashe 2017

“I don’t know what’s going to happen to my soul when I die, but I have a feeling my body will still be dancing at Yearot Menashe” – that is what I wrote the day after last year’s festival, feeling “somewhere on the edge of a dream, still listening to the music.” The 9th edition of the Yearot Menashe music festival will take place from May 18 – 20, 2017.

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Written by: [19 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Djamchid Sisters – Ta’amin Li (Believe Me)

The Djamchid Sisters’ Ta’amin Li (Believe Me) is a love song, gossamer fine, tender and strong. The simple clarity of strings and the delicate voices tell a tale of longing, a love song the unknown lover, that figure of desire and fantasy. It’s the voice of a woman who is not content with remaining passive, she would seek love out… if only she had a clue to go on.

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Written by: [12 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Maghreb – A Story. A Nation. @Beit Avi Chai

The culture of the Maghreb countries of North Africa – Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Libya – will be the focus of the “A Story. A Nation. Festival” at Beit Avi Chai from March 27 – 30, 2017. Festival events will include music performances, film screenings, cooking workshops, and literary encounters that reflect the influence of Maghreb culture.

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Written by: [22 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Israeli Vocal Ensemble: Eternal Light

The Israeli Vocal Ensemble will present a musical program dedicated to light, with special guest the Austrian composer and conductor Franz M. Herzog.

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Written by: [15 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Sell your Soul to the Devil at the Israel Opera

Starting in March, the Israel Opera will present a new production of Gounod’s Faust. This production promises to be particularly well-made, with two major creative heads at the helm: Dan Ettinger on the conductor’s podium, and Stefano Poda directing for the first time in Israel.

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Written by: [4 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Hoodna: Ethiopian Jazz in South Tel Aviv

The vintage cover look of Yelben/Beza, Hoodna Orchestra’s new single with Tesfaye Negatu, goes deeper than surfaces. A poignant song of love and longing with bright, dramatic brass and a dance groove, Yelben means ‘from my heart’ in Amharic, and is the first in a series of recordings on the Hoodna Music label, a tribute to Ethiopian jazz of the 60s and 70s, in exciting collaborations between musicians in Israel and Ethiopia. In fidelity to the sound the band likes, the recordings are made with analog equipment, and released on …

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Written by: [30 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Tomer Yeshayahu – Boidem

A Mediterranean winter – the rains that almost never come and then always catch me by surprise, unaware, unprepared, the layers of sweaters I pile on, after a serious search and recovery mission in the apartment, because I only use them a few times a year, and never remember where they are. The cold, wet, night made the perfect setting for Tomer Yeshayahu’s launch concert for Boidem, his second solo album, at the Ozen Bar this past Saturday. Opening with Horef Shel Yam Tichon (A Mediterranean Winter), the instrumental intro …

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Written by: [24 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Black Bruises @Rothschild 12

Never thought I’d hear Rolling Stone’s Cocksucker Blues and a cover of Ben, the sentimental song Michael Jackson made famous

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Written by: [23 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Money is Power? | ]
Money is Power?

“They say that Richard Cory owns one half of this whole town” – so begins Richard Cory, the folk song recorded by Simon and Garfunkel on Sounds of Silence, their second studio album, in 1966. Written by Paul Simon about the divide between rich and poor