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  • An instrumental leader

    2 days ago

    Howard Banchik will tell you there’s a lot more to music and learning to play an instrument than meets the ears.

    The co-founder of real-estate investment firm Westwood Financial Corp. in Los Angeles and member of University Synagogue in Brentwood credits learning to play music as...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a brand new Israeli musical group, which is about to take over the Israeli playlist very soon.

    Snorkel is mostly about soft rock, with a touch of funk and an addictive sound. They are a combination of the very best of various well-known...

  • Lisa Loeb’s new Chanukah song “Light”

    1 week ago

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has just released an original Chanukah song called "Light." Telling the inspiring story of hope in the darkness, the song captures the essence of the metaphor of Chanukah that no matter how little there is left there is always hope. "I realized there aren't enough Chanukah songs this time of year, and I think that everyone has to find their light." 

  • Something’s Happening Here

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    People of my generation grew up with Buffalo Springfield’s song, “Something’s Happening Here,” which starts:
         "There’s something happening here
          What it is ain’t exactly clear
          There’s a man with a gun over there
          Telling me I got to beware"

    It was a song...

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  • Love, Awe and Fairy Tales.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    I am constantly shocked by the self imposed noose of reality worn by adults, turning them into the walking dead.

    C. S. Lewis wrote “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  Children live in joy, encouraged by those who nurture them to see beauty and...

  • Swinging with The 5th Dementia

    3 weeks ago

    Twice a week, four older men get together to make music. There may be nothing unusual about that, but aging has not been kind to them: To varying degrees, they’ve been affected by dementia or Parkinson’s disease. 

    Nevertheless, when they get together and play standards from the...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 24, 2014 | 8:22 am

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • Milken Archive’s new wedding album

    By Rick Schultz

    November 13, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    So you’re getting married and trying to decide what music to play on the big day. You could choose Pachelbel’s “Canon” for the processional and Bach’s “Air on the G String” for the recessional. And why not? Those pieces are perfectly functional. 

    For the reception, the Internet...

  • Idan Raichel: Music with meaning

    By Ryan Torok

    November 5, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    For Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, sometimes it’s not the musical notes that matter most; it’s what happens in between.

    Such is the case when a Jewish singer-songwriter teams up with a Muslim guitarist — in this case, Vieux Farka Touré, from the West African country of Mali.

    ...
  • My brother, the soldier

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2014 | 9:48 am

    To my dear brother:

    I remember the four months between your high school graduation and your recruitment day. You played as many PlayStation games as possible, and rented all the movies you could see. You wanted to live each moment of freedom to its fullest, before you had to hand...

  • Hot air balloons festival, iPhone 6 launch, world records and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 27, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Hot air balloons color Israel's sky

    Last week, Israel hosted the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event, which lasted from Monday to Tuesday, took place at Ma'ayan Harod in Gilboa Regional Council and is considered the largest held in Israel to this day. As part of the...

  • Distant Cousins find family in music

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 22, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    The Los Angeles-based trio Distant Cousins blend soaring harmonies and a folk-rock sensibility to make pop music that’s quickly developing a devoted local following. Their songs fit well in the current trend of Americana/roots-rock revival, but they also have a sound of their own. ...
  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 17, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli singer and actress, who rose to stardom in 2003, as the winner of the first season of Kochav Nolad (the Israeli version of American Idol.)


    Ninet Tayeb became the “Naional Sweetheart,” after winning the contest, especially thanks to her “Cinderella...

  • With Cohen’s 80th birthday comes ‘Popular Problems’

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 15, 2014 | 10:35 am

    The mere release of “Popular Problems,” two days after Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday last month, is remarkable in and of itself. (How many 80-year-old sex symbols and style icons are there?) But it also caps a decade in which Cohen conquered troubling neuroses and fears to mount...

  • Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.

    October 14, 2014 | 10:48 am

    How does one spark meaningful dialogue about complex Arab and Jewish Diasporic communities and help bring them to life thousands of miles away from their places of origin? Clockshop, an arts and cultural programming nonprofit organization, is turning to the powerful tools of music,...

  • Racing through J’lem, drinking in TLV, breaking world record and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 13, 2014 | 8:44 am

    Racing through Jerusalem

    Engines roar, the crowd cheers, and testosterone feels the air as the fastest cars race through the streets. On Monday, the Formula Jerusalem event took place for the second year, as roars of Formula One engines, alongside other race cars and motorcycles,...

  • 10 Fitness tips for the New Year from “Body by Simone”

    October 6, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    1. Diets don’t work.

    Eating well and working out does. Approach weight loss as a lifestyle change, not a diet. Unless you’re going to be on a diet for the rest of your life, you’re just going to go back to your former way of eating and likely gain back any weight you’ve lost....

  • Google against Antisemitism, fighting Ebola, an action movie in TLV and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Google’s future plans of fighting hate-speech

    Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, was presented with the ADL International Leadership Award, and expressed his hope that one day there might be a more exciting option for dealing with hate speech: artificial intelligence. He...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend - Rosh Hashannah Edition

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 26, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    This weekend is dedicated to the holiday that symbolizes the beggining of a brand new Jewish year. Here are some songs to get you in the Holiday spirit!

     

    B'Rosh Hashannah (In Rosh Hashannah)

     
    Ba'Shannah HaBa'a (Next Year)
     
     
     
    Matana L'Rosh Hashannah (A present for Rosh Hashannah)
     

     

    Ma Hadash? Tapuach B'Dvash (What's new? Apple in honey)

     

    Shannah Halcha, Shannah Ba'a (A year has gone by, a new year begins)

  • Cellist Steven Isserlis celebrates simplicity, honesty and humor

    By Rick Schultz

    September 18, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    Among world-class cellists, Steven Isserlis may be the only one ever to interview his instrument. On a website for young cellists, he asked his 260-year-old cello to list one of the best things about traveling. His cello responds, “Getting an extra seat so that Mr. Isserlis can sit...

  • Lady Gaga rocks TLV, Apple makes an entrance, Holy Land bucket list and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 15, 2014 | 8:22 am

    A dry summer in Israel

    The Israeli tourism industry took a big hit in the summer of 2014 due to the Israeli operation in Gaza <http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557921,00.html>, making it the weakest summer in incoming tourism since 2007. According to figures released...

  • After 20 years, L.A. Jewish Symphony still reflects the Jewish experience

    By Tom Tugend

    September 3, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    When Noreen Green founded the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) in 1994, she had to wrestle with a couple of questions.

    First, what defines a Jewish orchestra and differentiates it from other orchestras? And will a woman conductor, that rarest of species, succeed in molding a...

  • Yiddish tango links time, space and musical styles

    August 26, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    The music that packs the Skirball Cultural Center’s stately courtyard – Yiddish tango – is a musical hybrid twice over.

    On the tango side, it is a blend of African-born rhythms and a potpourri of European music styles. On the Yiddish side, it combines mournful liturgical...

  • Israel’s top comedians salute the IDF with a tribute to the IDF Musical Troupes

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    A group of Israel’s top comedians gathered to create a tribute video to the Israel Defense Forces Musical Ensembles of the 60’s, and salute our soldiers fighting in Gaza. In the 60’s, the IDF musical troupes were the biggest hit in the Israeli music scene, and the soldiers/singers...

  • Limmud comes to L.A.

    August 6, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    LimmudLA will hold its second annual summer Fest — a celebration of Jewish culture and learning — Aug. 15- 17. The retreat, run entirely by volunteers, will be held at the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley and is open to Jews of all ages and...

  • Backstreet Boys scrap Israel shows due to Gaza crisis

    July 21, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Backstreet Boys canceled three sold-out concerts in Israel due to the Gaza conflict.

    The American pop band posted a message Sunday on its official website announcing the cancellation of the July 29-31 concerts at the Raanana Amphitheater “to assure the...

  • Michael Feinstein sings Gershwin

    July 16, 2014 | 9:37 am

    George Gershwin has been dead since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second term. Ira Gershwin left this world during the height of the Reagan administration. For Michael Feinstein, though, the Gershwins aren’t dead — they’ve lived on through their music. And on July 19, Feinstein will...

  • Alon Nechushtan: Jazz music with Israeli roots

    By Kirk Silsbee

    July 9, 2014 | 10:06 am

    The history of jazz is rife with junctures where the music received an infusion of creative innovation from the far-flung provinces: Louis Armstrong turned Chicago on its ear in the 1920s; the Count Basie Orchestra and Charlie Parker hit New York in 1936 and 1941, respectively; and...

  • Musical legend on its way, a shopping revolution, top models and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 7, 2014 | 8:26 am

    Are we to expect a visit from Spielberg?

    While NBC's The Voice is set to introduce new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams this fall, the new season of The Voice Israel also has a big name in its midst: a Spielberg. Jessica "Jessy" Katz, the 25-year-old daughter of...

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