Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Matt Haimovitz: Global yet grounded
Speaking by phone from Montreal, Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz revealed that he’s a great admirer of the American singer Nina Simone. Looking. . .
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
HaZamir Los Angeles members make their voices heard
After facing down a formidable Milken Community High School sound system and the best vocal efforts of the knights of “Monty Python’s. . .
Monday, March 11, 2013
Vienna Philharmonic acknowledges honoring Nazi war criminal
The famed Vienna Philharmonic has acknowledged that many of its musicians were Nazi party members during Hitler's rule and that its director may have. . .
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
‘Hebrew Melodies’ all in the Shaham family
Gil Shaham does his most eloquent speaking with his violin, but as a recent interview by phone from his home in New York revealed, he’s not a bad. . .
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Flexibility is key to Israeli Chamber Project
It takes more than a lineup substitution — even a major lineup substitution — to rattle the Israeli Chamber Project (ICP). The circumstances that. . .
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Cellist Weilerstein brings worldly depth to SoCal stages
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein grew up in a thriving Jewish community in Cleveland, where before she became a bat mitzvah, she had already made her debut. . .
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Israeli Philharmonic’s storied history
The storied Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, founded as the Palestine Symphony Orchestra 12 years before the rebirth of the Jewish state, and its. . .
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wallflowers ‘Glad All Over’ to Be Back in L.A.
“Unless I’m crazy, we played this song the last time we were here,” singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan told a packed audience mid-show at the Henry. . .
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up the Holyland
The Red Hot Chili Peppers made their first visit to Israel on Sept. 10, but the band member who stole the show wasn’t even onstage. Hillel Slovak. . .
Monday, September 10, 2012
Benjamin Wallfisch has music in his genes
Film composers who venture into the hallowed domain of the concert hall are sometimes greeted with raised eyebrows. Maybe that’s why film-music. . .
Friday, June 22, 2012
Matisyahu: You disappointed me
Dear Matisyahu, Tonight you performed at the Windstar World Casino in Oklahoma, seventy miles from my Dallas home. The distance may seem far, but in. . .
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
He’s looked at clouds from both sides now…
I listen to music all day, in my car, in my office, at the gym, while walking the dog or taking a hike.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Catching up with Matisyahu (and his beard)
Like many artists, Matisyahu resists personal praise. Instead, the 32-year-old singer saves it for others — and his music. He described Youssoupha. . .
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ozomatli: Band of the people
The Latin band Ozomatli is rocking out on the flatbed of a truck parked on a closed-down Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a Saturday in. . .
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful. . .
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
With ‘New Soul,’ a new beginning
Yael Naim might need to have her head checked out. Take her word for it.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Idan Raichel: From the Personal to the Universal
Israeli megastar Idan Raichel launched his music career as a keyboardist for various other Israeli artists, with the hope of one day producing his. . .
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
From Jewish roots, band sprouts afro/new wave wings
Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold are surprised they don’t have a larger Jewish fan base. Most of the songs on the band’s 2009. . .
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year
Aish brings together rhythem, beats and davening for their 'Rosh Hashanah in the house tonight' dancing spectacle.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The romanticism of Matt Nathanson
Pop-folkie Matt Nathanson had just returned from hanging in Hawaii, but it was a vacation he only enjoyed “50 percent,” he said.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Israeli Philharmonic will play in London despite protest
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the prestigious BBC Proms in London despite calls for a boycott of its performance.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
French music renegade is re-discovered
Although he is not widely known in the United States, the French-Jewish composer, lyricist, musician and singer Serge Gainsbourg is a legend in his. . .
Monday, July 25, 2011
Israeli orchestra to play Wagner piece in Germany
The Israel Chamber Orchestra plans to perform a composition by Richard Wagner in Germany, breaking an Israel taboo against playing the anti-Semitic. . .
Saturday, July 23, 2011
British Jewish singer Amy Winehouse found dead