Music

Organisers hail Batsheva tour 'triumph'

November 29, 2012

The organisers of a UK tour by Israeli dancers have hailed it as a huge success despite protests and disruptions.

Over 10,000 people attended performances by the Batsheva troupe in various cities, with 2,500 joining question-and-answer sessions and workshops.

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Success for the death metal album written in Bet Shemesh yeshivah

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

A Bet Shemesh yeshivah may not be the first place that comes to mind when deciding where to compose a death metal music album.

But for 21-year-old student Avichai Myers, the mix of Talmud and thrash came naturally.

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Alma Deutscher - Seitz, violin concerto no. 3

November 9, 2012

Alma Deutscher started playing the piano at two and the violin at three and has already composed sonatas and a short opera. At only seven years old, her YouTube channel has more than 700,000 hits.

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Rapper Hoodie Allen - You Are Not A Robot

October 22, 2012

Our favourite new Jewish rapper on the block - Hoodie Allen. Real name Steven Markowitz, Hoodie is an American hip-hop artist from Brooklyn, New York.

He started writing lyrics as a child and this year released his first album, All American, aged 22. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart and #10 on the Billboard Chart (US).

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TV review: Timeshift

By Simon Round, October 22, 2012

For all of you who think that klezmer is simply Jewish wedding music, this excellent documentary in the Timeshift strand proved that, well, you were absolutely right.

However, what you might not know was that klezmer was possibly the first and certainly the most enduring incidence of the musical mash-up.

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New life for Viktor Ullmann's Terezin opera - The Emperor of Atlantis

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 18, 2012

It takes an Irish-Canadian Catholic to stage an opera written in a Nazi concentration camp by Jews pillorying Hitler.

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ITV's Michael Grade: why I love klezmer music

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

Former ITV boss Michael Grade has revealed his affection for klezmer music ahead of a BBC documentary to be screened on Sunday.

Lord Grade, now a life peer, admitted that he knew little about the music of the shtetl until he was asked to narrate the BBC4 Timeshift programme, Klezmer: Now That’s What I Call East European Wedding Music… As Played by Yiddish Speaking People!

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David Serero: French opera star in London

By Alan Montague, October 11, 2012

French baritone David Serero will be bringing his unique brand of opera to London next week. The singer, who has both performed under the baton of Placido Domingo and dueted with Jermaine Jackson, will be singing a wide range of material at a gala for Israeli food charity Meir Panim followed by a West End concert at the Dominion Theatre on October 18.

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Yasmin Levy: one day, I'll make an album with no Ladino on it

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

When Yasmin Levy was signed up by her manager Paul Burger more than a decade ago, he joked that she would be unlikely to sell more than 128 records. You could understand why. After all, here was an unknown vocalist who specialised in singing half-forgotten songs in the language of Ladino — the Judeo-Spanish of the Sephardi world which is spoken by fewer than 150,000 people.

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Girls on song for Open Mic UK contest

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

Two aspiring singer-songwriters have reached the regional finals of the Open Mic UK 2012 talent competition.

North London Collegiate GCSE student Hannah Kessler, 15, will compete against 25 other singers in the under-16 category.

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