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  • The Orthodox punk rock-loving guitarist behind the sounds of ‘Jewish Afrobeat’

    2 weeks ago

    “Jewish Afrobeat” almost sounds like an oxymoron. In some ways, it is – Afrobeat, the groovy fusion of upbeat jazz and funk pioneered by Fela Kuti, was inspired in part by the Black Power movement and African politics.

    This fact only adds to the allure of the sonic triumph that...

  • Top Israeli composer takes a ‘Journey’ to Los Angeles

    By  Orit Arfa

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli urban legend has it that great musicians from the former Soviet Union who made aliyah first had to pick up brooms instead of instruments, working as street sweepers as they sought work in their talents. The story of Josef Bardanashvili’s rise to become one of Israel’s...

  • There’s a new Kinky Friedman in town

    2 weeks ago

    Kinky Friedman, the legendary “Texas Jewboy” country singer and raconteur, has recorded his first studio album in 32 years.

    “It was a long time between dreams,” Friedman said. “My friend Brian Molnar badgered me into making this album. He produced it on the ranch in Texas. It has...

  • Student benefit concert hopes to keep AMB’s doors open

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 14, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    David Pinto, founder of the Academy of Music for the Blind (AMB), speaks of his students like a proud parent. One past pupil is Rex Lewis-Clack, now 20, who is not only sightless but also an autistic savant at the piano, whose story was featured along with an interview with Pinto...

  • From Madonna to Vampire Weekend, ‘super producer’ Ariel Rechtshaid makes his mark

    October 12, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    What do Madonna, Vampire Weekend, Usher, the Plain White T’s and Justin Bieber have in common?

    In addition to getting extensive play on Top 40 radio stations, they have all worked with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, a Los Angeles native born to Israeli parents.

  • East and west in Israeli music

    By Elad Massuri

    September 10, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Recently, a wide variety of Israeli singers have come to Los Angeles to perform: Mizrahi-style singers such as Eyal Golan, Lior Narkis and Avihu Medina, and Israeli pop singers such as Rami Kleinstein, Arkadi Duchin and Harel Skaat.

    Their audiences missed hearing good music in...

  • Guitar legend Marty Friedman talks U.S. tour, mega-stardom overseas, shedding the past

    By Darren Paltrowitz

    September 8, 2015 | 4:25 pm

    In the 15 years since guitarist Marty Friedman left heavy-metal band Megadeth and moved, two years later, to Japan, he has amassed millions of fans on the other side of the world. In that decade and a half, he has not only continued building his legacy as a guitar hero but also has...

  • Every piece of music tells a story

    By Rick Schultz

    September 8, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    An intellectual pianist in the best sense, Jonathan Biss has a probing and poetic musical mind wedded to a playful, spontaneous temperament. Biss, 34, is also a musician who craves performing in public. So much so that even though he wisely canceled a concert in April with the New...

  • Meet the Jewish singer whose music you already know from McDonald’s, MTV ads

    September 4, 2015 | 10:31 am

    You may have never heard of singer-songwriter Cathy Heller, but chances are you’ve heard her music.

    At the moment, McDonald’s is featuring her songs in two commercials — one for frappes, the other for the $2.50 double cheeseburger-and-fries combo. They are the latest in a string...

  • The best and worst driving music, according to Israeli research

    August 13, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israeli research has bad news for music lovers: When your favorite song comes on the radio, it may make you a worse driver.

    Don’t despair, though, certain music may also improve your driving. That’s according to Israeli psychology professor Warren Brodsky.

    “The research is...

  • Ladies sing the blues

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 29, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Before she became the chart-topping, Grammy-winning, pill-popping artist, Amy Winehouse was just a nice Jewish girl from a suburb in London. She even looked the part. The long angular nose, creamy skin, high cheekbones, the dark shtetl hair … 

    According to the new documentary...

  • Believe the hype: New Public Enemy album named for Yiddish proverb

    July 21, 2015 | 9:26 am

    Public Enemy, the Grammy-nominated hip-hop group, released their 13th studio album on Thursday. The title of the album, “Man Plans, God Laughs,” is a translation of a well-known Yiddish proverb.

    It’s unclear whether or not the band, formed in Long Island, New...

  • Jerusalem complexities shine in annual season of culture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 16, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Although Jerusalem today is awash in cultural events  — including a light festival, an arts festival in the Musrara neighborhood and the Israel Festival, with its international dance, music and theater productions — there is none as engaging, nor as engaged in the fabric of the...

  • WATCH: 50 Reasons to love Tel Aviv (and never, ever leave)

    By Simone Wilson

    July 14, 2015 | 9:41 am

    A video version of Simone Wilson's ode to Tel Aviv: We LOVE you, Tel Aviv

  • Touch of Pray: Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead

    July 7, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson.

    The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 19, 2015 | 1:09 pm

    Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Gefen does not have the most beautiful voice in the world. In fact, he often refers to himself as “having the singing voice of a toad,” but still, he managed to become one of the most important musicians in Israeli culture. It happened in the 90’s,...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

    May 15, 2015 | 8:26 am

    Blues legend B.B. King, who took his music from rural juke joints to the mainstream and inspired a generation of guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Las Vegas. He was 89.

    King, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, had said in May he...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Yehudit Ravitz is one of the most appreciated Israeli artists. With a career spanning over 30 years and 12 solo albums, the singer-songwriter stands behind songs that every single one of us knows by heart.

    Ravitz’ musical career began in the army, when she was accepted to the...

  • Lauryn Hill cancels Israel performance three days before concert

    May 5, 2015 | 10:45 am

    American R&B singer Lauryn Hill canceled a performance in Israel three days ahead of the scheduled concert.

    Hill, who was scheduled to perform in Rishon LeZion on Thursday, said in a statement posted late Monday on her Facebook page that she canceled because she was unable to...

  • Ten Must Have Jewish Vinyl Records

    By Milad Doroudian

    April 21, 2015 | 10:51 am

    Let’s face it, there are some of us left that still love buying vinyl, and not just for the pretty covers, which might make us look cool when we walk around with them. Rather we do it because we are addicted to our record collection, and more importantly to the music that it lets...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.

    Balkan Beat Box...

  • The unsung Jewish hero of sixties music

    April 6, 2015 | 8:56 am

    “I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still”.  That’s the opening line of the 1963 hit “Da Doo Ron Ron”, one of a string of songs that  vividly captured the essence of teenage romance in a way American popular music had rarely done.  

    There’s been a recent resurgence of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 3, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    This week I would like to introduce you to one of the most talented composers of our time. His name is Elai Botner, and after spending years playing and writing for Israel’s most famous singers, in 2011 he started a project of his own, named: Elai Botner and the Outside Children....

  • Chris Martin, Rihanna back new Jay Z streaming music service

    March 30, 2015 | 4:44 pm

    Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists.

    Co-owners Kanye West, Daft...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

  • Cantor Rebekah Mirsky releases album ‘Who is Like You?’

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    March 25, 2015 | 8:11 am

    One of the greatest constants I have experienced is that music acts as an incredible bridge between the body and soul, and so it is of no surprise that music has played a major role in helping me to deepen my connection with Judaism.

    It is such a blessing when you come across a...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    The best way to describe Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi would probably be “one big, timeless rock star.” With more than 50 years on stage and more than 1.5 million albums sold (big numbers in a country with a population of 7 million,) he is probably the most successful musician in...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2015 | 3:17 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to an Israeli musical group that you may have encountered before during one of your YouTube browses.

    The Fountainheads is a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 20, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Zohar Argov was an Israeli singer who took the nation by storm in the 1980’s with his distinctive, deep voice, becoming “The King of Oriental Music.”

    Argov, born Zohar Orkabi, came from a poor socioeconomic background. He was the youngest of ten siblings, and as a child,...

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