Friday September 27, 2013
From Arizona Jewish Post
Israel’s Idan Raichel Project coming to Fox
By:Nancy Ben-Asher Ozeri
On Oct. 9, the Idan Raichel Project, Israeli world music pioneers, will kick off their U.S. tour with a live concert at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Voted “Musical Group of the Decade” in an Israeli national media poll, the Project blends a range of cultures, languages and musical influences to create a multicultural “soundtrack of modern Israel,” Raichel told the AJP.
“It is a unique band,” Raichel said by phone from Israel. “We represent the culture of music. Although we are not some kind of rebels at home, we did create a revolution 10 years ago, when it was the first time that people [in Israel] started to listen to music from all over the world … But to me, this is a natural process, a natural way of living. Where I live, in Tel Aviv, you see people integrated from all over the world: Addis Ababa, the former USSR, Paris, the world over. So it’s a natural thing for me.”
The Project’s latest album, “Quarter to Six” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes world music chart when it was released in June. It features guest appearances by Portuguese fado (folk music) star Ana Moura, Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad (who performed in Tucson in March 2013 with Israeli songstress Noa), German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, Columbia’s Marta Gomez, Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and several up-and-coming Israeli artists. During their U.S. tour, the Project will perform at least eight songs from the new album, specially arranged for the live band, along with songs from earlier albums.
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