Music

Review: Leonard Cohen

By Jean Hannah Edelstein, July 25, 2008

O2 Arena, SE10


Age has not affected the ability of the legendary Canadian to hit the same four notes


Age can be a scourge on the best singers, with years of strain and heavy use the cause of notable deterioration in range and tone.

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The cantors spiriting a comeback

By Lawrence Joffe, July 4, 2008

Chazanut are convening in London in a bid to safeguard the future of Jewish religious music.

Judaism has a long and glorious tradition of songful prayer going back centuries, to the time of the Temple itself. But that cantorial tradition may well be becoming an endangered practice.

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Hope’s hit

June 20, 2008

A video to promote Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks’s CD, Home of Hope, marking Israel’s 60th anniversary, has received more than 134,000 hits on YouTube since its launch last month. Sir Jonathan sings on one track, Oseh Shalom.

 

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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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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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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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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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It's Sacks, bagels and rock 'n roll

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2008

In the same London studio in which the cream of British pop urged us to feed the world for Band Aid 24 years ago, a new anthem was being prepared this week.

But instead of Bob Geldof, George Michael and Sting, cue a trio of chazans, the men of the Shabbaton Choir, a couple of dozen pupils from the Moriah Jewish Day School from Harrow and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

For an Anglo-Jewish gathering, the studios of leading producer Trevor Horn in bohemian Ladbroke Grove may have been off the beaten track.

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