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The Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Jazz and World Music

The Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Jazz and World Music at 23.05.2013

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Thursday may 23rd

The Israel Festival 2013: four weeks of performances by performers from Israel and abroad!

23.05.2013 - 26.06.2013

The Israel Festival is the largest and most important international arts and cultural festival in the land and has chosen Jerusalem as its eternal home (save for a few scattered events in other cities). 

For more information about the festival and to order tickets visit the festival's official website.

Jazz and World Music Performances

Shlomi Shaban

May 23 21:00 Hangar, The First Station
May 24 14:00 Hangar, The First Station

Show runs 90 min., no intermission.

Shlomi Shaban

Opening Concert

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 ?

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 S


Various venues around Jerusalem.


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