Thursday October 10, 2013
Concert preview: Idan Raichel’s music has global flavor
By: Sarah Torribio
Reno might seem like an unusual stop for the Israeli world music ensemble the Idan Raichel Project. There is a distinctly global flavor to the group, noted for its eclectic fusion of Hebrew lyrics, Arab and Ethiopian music and electronic beats. Nonetheless, Idan Raichel — the keyboardist, producer and songwriter at the center of the project — said he is looking forward to taking the stage at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno on Oct. 13. Raichel performed in Reno, along with India.Arie in 2011 during Artown, and said he found the city welcoming. “There was a good vibe, with young people, grandparents and kids, and everyone open to new music,” he said in an interview with Best Bets.
Dreadlocked and doe-eyed, Raichel released his first album, the eponymous “Idan Raichel Project,” in 2002. Soon after, his exotic single “Bo’ee,” featuring a haunting chorus in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, began to air on Israel pop stations. Performances worldwide, collaborations with artists of note and an internationally released 2006 greatest-hits album helped bring him international notice.
Raichel is currently touring in support of his latest studio album, “Quarter to Six.” Along with blending African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern elements, it includes musical guests from around the world, such as Portuguese vocalist Ana Moura, German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad.
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