Music

Erik Satie: Gonzales, the classical rap comic

By Paul Lester, June 13, 2008

He plays Erik Satie, hip-hop and does satire on stage between songs. No wonder he has identity issues

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Singing the praises of choral works old and new

By Roderic Dunnett, June 13, 2008

It was working in Jerusalem with the Ankor Children’s Choir which prompted Gregory Rose to compose Sha’alu Shlom Yerushalayim, his new 23-minute choral work for upper voices and harp, which receives its world premiere in London next week.

The choir — attached to the Jerusalem Rubin Conservatory of Music and Dance and run by Dafna Ben-Yohanan — is made up of children aged roughly 8 to 16. They have appeared with most Israeli orchestras as well as with major orchestras abroad.

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A musician's deep notes

By Paul Lester, June 6, 2008

Dan Kaufman has an unlikely success mixing rock music and the Holocaust

Dan Kaufman’s new album, Force Of Light, issued by American avant-garde composer John Zorn’s Tzadik label, is a pensive yet powerful response to the work of post-war poet and Romanian-Jewish Holocaust survivor Paul Celan.

The leader of the leftfield rock group Barbez, Kaufman uses to mesmerising effect extracts of Celan’s poetry, read by Scottish poet Fiona Templeton, and a variety of musical styles from experimental jazz and post-rock to Eastern European folk and classical.

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Review: Hear O Israel — A prayer ceremony in Jazz

By Gerald Aaron, June 6, 2008


Herbie Hancock

At the heart of one of the most unusual Jewish releases in years is a problem that will be familiar to every urban rabbi — how to get young people into shul on a Friday night when the big city is full of funkier temptations.

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The kosher cowboy

By Paul Lester, May 30, 2008

Kinky Friedman is a singing, writing, cigar-smoking Texan. Which doesn’t make him any less Jewish

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Review: Idan Raichel Project / Noa

By Jenni Frazer, May 30, 2008


Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1 

There are not many acts, one imagines, which can bring Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor to his feet, swaying, clapping and dancing with the crowd. But the Idan Raichel Project managed just that on Monday night at the South Bank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, when the ambassador joined a capacity audience for a feelgood show of Israeli world music, brought to London by the Jewish Community Centre for London and programmed by YaD Arts.

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Israel parade gets bigger with Miri Ben-Ari

May 23, 2008

Israeli hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari has been named one of the guest performers at next month’s Salute to Israel Parade in central London.  The event, which will culminate in a rally in Trafalgar Square, has attracted more than 40 participating groups with 19 floats.

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Becky Jacobs wins a Sony Gold award for her literary podcast

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

Freelance radio producer Becky Jabobs has won a coveted Gold award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards — dubbed the Oscars of the radio industry. She picked up the accolade on Monday in the Internet Programme category for her podcast The Book Slam. Hosted by Patrick Neate, the show accompanies the London-based Book Slam literary club. It became available to download last year, since when Will Self, Irvine Welsh and Biyi Bandele have all featured. “The award is the biggest accolade you can get in radio,” Ms Jacobs, 32, tells People.

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The junkie rock star who was saved by the Torah

By Paul Lester, May 23, 2008

Depression and drugs made David Berman suicidal. That’s all over.

David Berman, published poet and singer-songwriter with American band Silver Jews, has just been reading the Torah. He does this every day for several hours, in between coming up with the country-inflected rock music and wry, confessional lyrics for his group, most recently for their sixth album, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea.

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Noa’s arc, from Bronx to South Bank

By Nick Johnstone, May 23, 2008

Israel’s most famous singer is back with a new album and a rare London concert.

Seventeen years into her career as Israel’s best- known musical export, Achinoam Nini (aka Noa) is showing no signs of slowing down. To date, she has sung for the Pope at the Vatican, for President Clinton at the White House, toured with Sting, witnessed first-hand the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and released roughly a dozen albums, all featuring her trademark Joni-Mitchell-in-Tel-Aviv songwriting style. And now comes her latest offering, Genes and Jeans.

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