Every Monday and Thursday – קול שני וחמישי

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Kol 2 and 5 (Kol Sheni veHamishi) @ Tmuna Theatre/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Kol 2 and 5 (Kol Sheni veHamishi) @ Tmuna Theatre/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

Every Monday and Thursday something really cool happens at Mitzlol Studios in Tel Aviv: musicians record an original song, old school style: on tape, one take. Last Thursday, October 24, 2013 the project went live at Tmuna Theatre, with an acoustic evening of songs that was a music love-fest, the kind that makes your head spin and your heart beat just a little bit stronger, leaving you breathless and wanting more.

The project is called Kol Sheni VeHamishi (Kol 2 and 5 – Every Monday and Thursday), and it’s the love child of Kobi Farhi, of Mitzlol Studio in Tel Aviv. It began in January 2012, but Kobi had been jamming with musicians and had been recording live sessions at his old studio since forever… for fun and the love of music. The studio moved to a new location, and with it came a really good reel to reel tape deck calling out to be used. When Lilian Schutz told him about the Daytrotter site, Kobi was inspired – and Kol Sheni ve Hamishi was set to go.

“Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, they all recorded on tape,” Kobi said, “and that’s what I wanted to do: invite bands to come and do a one-off performance, recorded live. It’s like a one-night stand, they come in to the studio for an afternoon session and record original songs.”

Unlike a late-night hookup, it doesn’t really end there. Kobi posts the session on the website with a short bio for each singer or band, and the recording embedded on SoundCloud, accompanied by a photo. The set-up really levels the playing field: any musician – unknown, famous, rich or poor can come and record, and they all receive the same conditions (free recording session) and exposure.

Wait, it gets even better. Michel Kichka is part of this love-fest, creating an illustrated portrait for each musician. It’s something the wonderful cartoonist, illustrator and member of Cartooning for Peace is doing in his spare time, so it’s slow going, but yes, those drawings you see on the site are all by Kichka!

There’s a growing audience of subscribers to the site, so Kobi felt that it was time to find a stage to let the audience meet the musicians live. Last Thursday, it all came together at Tmuna – yes, you wish you had been there. Everything was perfect – from the vintage set with more tape decks than I have ever seen on a single stage, to the flow of songs as one after another musicians came up to the stage of the Tmuna bar. Check out the Kol Sheni veHamishi website to hear all  the songs that have been recorded so far in all possible genres – rock, folk, Mizrahi, pop…and listen to these musicians!

Onstage at Tmuna were:

Itay Mazilo/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Itay Mazilo/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

ITAY MAZILO
“Everyone’s telling endless stories/I’m trying to figure out the basic facts”

Ofir Somberg & Itay Mazilo/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Ofir Somberg & Itay Mazilo/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

OFIR SOMEBERG & ITAY MAZILO
“There’s a hurricane raging in my belly…”*

Shim/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Shim/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

SHIM
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to make you mine”

Dudu Yzhaky/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Dudu Yzhaky/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

DUDU YZHAKY
“You sent the wind/I learned to fly”*

Tal Levi/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Tal Levi/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

TAL LEVI
“This heart can’t get any more broken lady”*

Michal Lotan/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Michal Lotan/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

MICHAL LOTAN
Romance a Failure

Anat Ben Hemo & Roy Peled/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Anat Ben Hemo & Roy Peled/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

ANAT BEN HEMO & ROY PELED
“I can feel life beginning to feel me too”

Hilly Boimel/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Hilly Boimel/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

HILLY BOIMEL
“If you call me I’ll come”*

Shiri Golan/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Shiri Golan/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

SHIRI GOLAN
“Why can’t it be simple?”*

Yaniv Shmeltzer/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Yaniv Shmeltzer/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

YANIV SHMELTZER
“Waiting quietly for what’s to come…”*

Ronen Green/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Ronen Green/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

RONEN GREEN
“Life is like a puzzle”

Gitla/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Gitla/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

GITLA
Long Lost Sister

Tzvika Force/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Tzvika Force/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

TZVIKA FORCE
Thank you for Breaking My Heart

Daniel Dor/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Daniel Dor/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

DANIEL DOR
“There is one woman… it’s all worth it, for her”*

Rani Mashaan & Sagi Eiland/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Rani Mashaan & Sagi Eiland/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

RANI MASHAAN & SAGI EILAND
“If it’s cold outside, I’ll stay at home”*

Gadi Altman/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

GADI ALTMAN

“Alone, against the world, I feel strong”*

Roy Lavie/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Roy Lavie/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

ROY LAVIE
“On the day cynicism killed feeling”*

Adi Cohen/Photo: Ayelet Dekel
Adi Cohen/Photo: Ayelet Dekel

ADI COHEN
I Love You

*On the spot, translation from Hebrew to English – all mistakes are mine. If you find a mistake, write to info@midnighteast.com, and I’ll be glad to fix it.