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Thursday October 17, 2013

From Miami Herald

Idan Raichel represents Israel with voices from everywhere
By: Celeste Fraser Delgado

Idan Raichel has begun to believe in the impossible. Speaking by phone from Tucson, Ariz., on the first day of a month-long international tour, the singer, songwriter and pianist is amazed at how far he has come from the small town outside Tel Aviv where he grew up.

“It doesn’t even make sense,” Raichel says after reeling off a list of his collaborators and appearances over the past nine years.

In that time, the Idan Raichel Project has recorded music mostly written and produced by Raichel, 36, and performed by nearly 100 singers and instrumentalists. He marvels at recording a 91-year-old cantor for the first time and bringing back to the stage 86-year-old Israeli-Yemenite singer Shoshona Damari after a 25-year hiatus.

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