The Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Jazz and World MusicThe Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Jazz and World Music - 23 May, 2013 - 26 June, 2013
The Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Jazz and World Music
23.05.2013 - 26.06.2013
For more information about the festival and to order tickets visit the festival's official website.
Jazz and World Music Performances
May 23 21:00 Hangar, The First Station
May 24 14:00 Hangar, The First Station
Show runs 90 min., no intermission.
The Israel Festival is proud to feature one of Israel's most interesting contemporary musicians-
Shlomi Shaban. Before he begins recording a new album, Shaban will open the Israel Festival with
two festive shows. Known for his virtuosic solo performances, Shaban will be joined by ten of
Israel's leading musicians, and host Ninet Tayeb and Asaf Avidan for the first show (May 23) and
Berry Sakharof and Ninet Tayeb for the second show (May 24). Together and separately, they
will perform Shaban's well-known hits, as well as debut material from his curious, forthcoming
Both performances will take place in the First Station hangar.
The Pais Jazz Fusion Club
The Culture and Arts Department of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Festival invite the public to enjoy musical performances by leading singers and groups. The shows will take place at the First Station and Ben Shatach pedestrian mall.
Production: The Culture and Arts Department | Artistic director: Tanya Micnovsky
The First Station:
Thur., May 23, 22:00
HaRochvim (The Riders)
A celebration of Israeli-style country music. A colorful energetic performance, combining nostalgia and new music.
Fri., May 24, 15:30
Beauty of the Nights
Renowned Israeli drummer Doron Raphaeli and his jazz trio perform classic desert songs on flute, piano, bass and percussion. The performance incorporates modern jazz, fusion, African groove, and Middle Eastern influences. Beauty of the Night is a coproduction with Beit Avichai.
Fri., May 31, 15:30
Rani & Eiland - "The Early Years"
Oldies, including classics by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and others.
Fri., June 7, 15:30
Ester Rada - "LIFE Happens"
Rada is a Jerusalem native and a highly acclaimed musician. She will perform songs from her first international album.
Ben Shatach pedestrian mall:
Thur., May 30, 21:00
Ruth Navon performs "High Gear"
New renditions of timeless classics.
Thur., June 6, 21:00
Ummagumma and the African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Dimona: A tribute show
A tribute show to the giants of African American music, including hits by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and others.
Avital Meets Avital
With Omer Klein and Itamar Doari
May 24 22:00 YMCA
May 25 21:00 Holon Mediatheque
Show runs 75 min., no intermission.
Mandolin player Avi Avital (Grammy nominee, 2010) joins forces with bass virtuoso, oud player, and composer Omer Avital. This unique project crosses musical boundaries and fuses musical styles, creating world music at its finest.
The Israel Festival is proud to host the Israeli premiere of this performance, which will also feature musicians Omer Klein and Itamar Doari.
Avi Avital is deeply committed to creating fresh approaches to the mandolin, and he performs
his chosen repertoire with virtuosity.
Omer Avital is considered a visionary composer and virtuosic musician who easily moves between
different genres, including jazz, funk, blues, authentic Yemenite music, classical music, and more.
Omer Klein is an Israeli composer and pianist who began his training at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and later studied under Danilo Perez . He has performed in 15 countries and has cooperated with world renowned artists, including John Zorn. A virtuoso pianist and prolific composer, Klein has been marked by the media as one of the most exciting musicians of his generation.
Itamar Doari is a percussionist who in recent years has emerged as a leading musician in his field. He has played in numerous ensembles and worked with many musicians, including Idan Raichel, Avishai Cohen, Berry Sakharof, and others.
The Israel Festival is proud to present: Zappa Jerusalem
The Israel Festival is pleased to offer performances throughout Jerusalem, including the Zappa club
(located at the First Station). In recent years, Zappa has emerged as the leading place for Israeli music.
Sat., May 25, doors open 20:00, performance at 22:00
Daniel Zamir hosts Nino Biton
Wed., May 29, doors open 19:30, performance at 21:30
Meeting Point - A new Israeli super-group with Shlomo Bar, Meir Yisrael, Adi Rennert, Miki Shaviv, Ilan Ben-Ami, Yael Offenbach
Thur., May 30, doors open 20:00, performance at 22:00
A performance by Riff Cohen
Fri., May 31, doors open 12:00, performance at 14:00
A Song is Born - Yehonatan Geffen's new show for the entire family (parents too!) with Sivan Talmor, Vered Picker, and Yehonatan Artzi
Ticket are on sale at the Zappa club: *9080 www.zappa-club.co.il
The Melting Soul: Yaniv d'Or and Ensemble NAYA
May 25 11:00 YMCA
Show runs 75 min., no intermission.
With: Yaniv d'Or, Yair Dalal, Avi Avital, Yotam Haimovitch,
Erez Mounk, James Longford, Anders Ericson, Nora Roll
International classical musicians have come together to create Ensemble NAYA, which performs a combination of musical styles. The ensemble's unique style is a fascinating dialogue between east and west, and appeals to lovers of music from antiquity, classical, and world music alike.
The ensemble has performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including leading international festivals.
Photo by Yoni Levy
As part of the Israel Festival, the ensemble will perform pieces based on Jewish liturgical
texts, including compositions by Monteverdi, Grandi, and Boskovitz, as well as liturgical
poems (piyutim), songs in Ladino, and pieces by anonymous composers.
The musicians play authentic instruments. Their aesthetic of their performance is both classical and a unique intercultural bridge.
Miri Mesika hosts Nurit Galron
May 28 21:00 Hangar, The First Station
Show runs 90 min., no intermission.
Miri Mesika is one of Israel's leading vocalists. Her warm voice and stage presence have earned her
hundreds of thousands of fans, and her first album was a double platinum, with over 80,000 copies sold.
As part of the Israel Festival, Miri will perform songs from her repertoire, along with songs by great female singers, in homage to women artists worldwide.
Special guest: Nurit Galron
Renato Borghetti: A Brazilian Celebration
May 31 22:00 YMCA
Show runs 90 min., no intermission.
Gaita ponto diatonic button accordion: Renato Borghetti
Saxophone, flute: Pedro Figueiredo
Guitar: Daniel Sá
Piano: Vitor Peixoto
Renato Borghetti is a leading South American accordion player. Accompanied by leading musicians, he will perform a single show in Israel, combining traditional music with elements of jazz, tango, and chamber music.
Borghetti's music is considered ecstatic, humorous, and virtuosic. As a folk musician who hails from the Rio Grande do Sul region in southern Brazil, Borghetti modernizes the music of his childhood, creating a musical and stage experience not to be forgotten.
NEW Gospel Quintet: Don Byron
June 1 21:30 Hangar, The First Station
Show runs 80 min., no intermission.
Don Byron is a leading saxophone and clarinet player, and his voice truly stands out in world music.
As a musician, composer, and arranger, he continuously re-defines the music he works with, whether classical, salsa, hip hop, funk, R&B, gospel, klezmer, and more.
Byron has performed on jazz and music stages worldwide, alongside artists such as John Hicks, Vernon Reid, Steve Coleman, Carol King, the conductor Daniel Barenboim, and many symphony orchestras.
The New Gospel Quintet treats jazz as a platform for dialogue with other musical styles. Byron's music
introduces the audience to leading gospel singers such as Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta
Byron will perform at the Israel Festival alongside the following artists:
Vocals: La Velle
Piano: Bruno Ruder
Bass: Brad Jones
Drums: Sangoma Everett
Don Byron will hold a master class at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv on May 31, at 10:30
Advance registration required.
The performance was made possible through the generous support of the
Ein Karem between Cultures: Naam Ensemble
June 14 13:30 Meet across from the Karma restaurant
Program runs 4 hours, including a guided tour and concert. Price: 145 NIS (includes tour, bus, and concert)
Tickets on sale through Ein Kerem Legend: 02-6418682 or www.ekl.co.il
Ein Karem is home to many different cultures, and has inspired artists for time immemorial.
Ein Kerem Legend and the Naam Ensemble have cooperated to create this excellent program, which includes both a guided tour and concert.
Tour: The tour will visit the Russian village within the Gorny Monastery. Hidden behind walls, the only hint to the richness of the monastery are the golden onion domes.
Concert: The Naam Ensemble ("yes" in Arabic) was formed and works in Ein Karem. They will host local singer Ofer Callaf, and perform original music inspired by the different cultures and religions that call Ein Karem home.
Vocals: Ofer Callaf | Oud: Nour Akkawi | Clarinet: Mati Bobek | Guitar: Adva Schwebel | Bass: Noam Bartov | Drums: Daniel Tager
14:00-16:30 Tour of the Gorny Monastery.
A bus will take visitors to the entrance, located in the Hadassah hospital complex.
16:45-17:45 Concert in the beautiful gardens of the Les Soeurs de Notre-Dame de Sion monastery.
Kaveret Returns! Closing Show
June 19 20:30 Sultan's Pool
June 20 20:30 Sultan's Pool
June 22 21:00 Sultan's Pool
Kaveret (known abroad as Poogy) was founded in 1973. Many of its members (Danny Sanderson, Gidi Gov, Efraim Shamir, Alon Olearczyk, and Meir Fenigstein) met while serving in a military band. They were joined by Yoni Rechter and Yitzhak Klepter. They first performed Sipurei Poogy (Poogi Tales) on television on June 15, 1973, and a few months later released an album by the same name. It was an instant success and produced many hits, including HaMagafayim Shel Baruch, Po Kavur HaKelev, and Shir HaMakolet.
HaMagafayim Shel Baruch topped the charts, and Kaveret was named Band of the Year. Within a very short period, the album broke all records by selling more than 70,000 copies.
A year later, Kaveret represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with the hit Natati La
In 1975, the band released a second album, Tzafuf Ba'Ozen, written by members. It also produced
instant hits, including Shiur Moledet, Goliat, Hee Kol Kach Yafa, and others.
The band broke up in 1976, and has reunited for performances in 1984, 1990, and 1998.
On the 40th anniversary of Sipurei Poogy, the Israel Festival is proud to present Kaveret's fourth reunion concert, with three shows in the Sultan's Pool.
Please dress warmly.
This project was co-produced with Talit Communications - Yehuda and Batya Talit.
The Libyans - Nedudim (Wanderings)
Sacred Jewish Music From Libya
June 4 21:00 The Jerusalem Theatre, Rebecca Crown Auditorium
Show runs 120 min., no intermission.
Guest musician: Berry Sakharof
This performance celebrates the group's album of Libyan liturgical poems (piyutim). The group spent two years gathering and familiarizing themselves with diverse musical and textual materials of Libyan Jewry, which are a rich combination of Arab, African, Turkish, western music, and more.
The Libyans are headed by musical directors and arrangers Yaniv Raba and Yankale Segal.
Berry Sakharof, who took part in the project and album, will perform at this debut show.
Oud, arrangement, and musical director:
Bass, guitars, lute, and musical director:
Vocals: Yitzhak Hayun
Quanun: Ariel Qassis
Ney: Yitzhak Ventura
Percussion: Moshe Nuri, Roei Friedman
Piano: Adi Rennert
Violin: Nitzan Hen Razel
Image of Shlomi Shaban by Yossi Tsavaker.