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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Geva Alon is an Israeli folk/rock musician who writes and sings in English. He was born in 33 years ago in Kibbutz Ma'abarot, and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In the year 2000, he became the founding member of the rock trio The Flying Baby, which released two albums:...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 9, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    Miri Mesika is one of Israel's biggest, greatest voices, if not THE biggest. When she opens her mouth, you forget where you are or who you are, as she carries you away with her deep, touching voice.


    She was discovered in 2005, when she was a young "Rimon" school of music...

  • Amy Winehouse died of bulimia, not drugs or alcohol, says her brother

    June 25, 2013 | 10:30 am

    While the “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” exhibit, opening soon at London’s Jewish Museum, will show the public a different version of the singer’s life than the one we saw in the tabloids, her brother has just come forward with a new angle on how she died.

    While he doesn’t...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Maya Isacowitz is an Israeli singer-songwriter, who performs in English. She released her first single, "Is it Alright" in 2011, and since, she continues to grow a mass of loyal fans, and has more and more recognition on national radio stations. In spite of her success, Isacowitz...

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  • Earring

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 11, 2012 | 11:22 am


    October 1978.  Hopkins, Minnesota.

    Today I’m going to do something dangerous. I’ll drive to Ridgedale. I’ll walk into Now and Then and ask to have my ear pierced.  First though, I’ll drive to my father’s office to alert him of my plan. I’m sure he won’t be happy. Ex marines...

  • An Organization Dedicated To Failure

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 6, 2012 | 1:15 pm


    About four years ago, just after I was… dare I say it, “replaced” from a job as a composer on a major network television show, I began meeting with some friends to help get over feeling like the biggest loser in the world. I had failed hard. I failed miserably. Of course I had....

  • Technique, sensitivity the keys to pianist Bronfman’s success

    By Rick Schultz

    July 25, 2012 | 11:45 am

    When Yefim Bronfman performs Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with conductor Lionel Bringuier and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on July 31, he will be tackling what is known as a real “finger buster,” a term used for a work that is awkwardly conceived for a...

  • Matisyahu: You disappointed me

    June 22, 2012 | 11:26 am

    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 Texas proportion it is right around the corner.  I did not attend your concert.  I could not. Frankly, I do not plan to see you...

  • Did Israel exploit Amy Winehouse?

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 7, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Israel Anti-Drug Authority admitted to exploiting singer Amy Winehouse in their campaign and have issued an official apology according to the Jerusalem Post. 

    Following the singer’s death in August, the anti-drug authority had launched a campaign with a tagline of “it’s...

  • Drugs aren’t the answer to Amy Winehouse’s death

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 24, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Well, not that drugs are ever the answer, but for the troubled singer Amy Winehouse, a toxicology report proved that illegal drugs were not the cause of her death.  While the absence of illicit substances may please her family, it raises more questions than it answers as to what...

  • Justin Bieber Didn’t Decline Meeting with Israeli Children

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    I just got a call from a spokesperson for Justin Bieber, who said the teenaged superstar appreciated my defending him in my previous post, “Justin Bieber Israel Drama:  Give Bieber a Break.”  But, the spokesperson added, the facts reported by some of the Israeli press (which I...

  • Leonard Cohen Back on the Road, Still Looking for God

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 4, 2009 | 9:00 pm

    Nothing like having your business manager abscond with all your assets while you’re meditating on a mountaintop. Such was the unfortunate fate of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen,  according to an article in The New York Times. Cohen spent five years at a Los Angeles Zen Buddhist...

  • Wise moves jazz up Chabad telethon

    September 11, 2008 | 1:30 am


    Telethon promo


    When the 2008 Chabad "To Life" telethon kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday on KCAL 9, it promises a new look courtesy of a show runner with an unusual background.

    Daniel S. Wise, 44, is an Orthodox rabbi who for several years had his own yeshiva in Troy, N.Y. Lately he has...

  • The genesis of early Dylan—at the Skirball

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to Bob Dylan, I think it's fair to say that I'm a fan of long standing -- my wife still teases me about the time, shortly after we'd moved to Los Angeles, when in her car, radio on, she was surprised to hear me as a call-in contestant to KSCA's "Lyrically Speaking"...
  • Ethiopian Jew finds harmony in spite of turbulent past

    By Celia Soudry

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Alula Johannes Tzadik sits on a wooden stool in a dimly lit Little Ethiopia recording studio. As the dreadlocked musician fiddles with the kirar, he describes in a placid voice how the harp-shaped instrument was often used for prayer and lamentation during the time of King David....
  • Producer/musician’s journey brings him home

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Producer, songwriter and musician Larry Klein is having a good year. In a way, one could say his current success is the culmination of a process of recontextualizing his background, his experience, his talents and his interests.

    Two records he produced have just been released on...

  • The (almost) hardest-working man in classical music

    By David Mermelstein

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With such legendary workaholic conductors as James Levine and Valery Gergiev going strong, Jeffrey Kahane can't quite be termed the hardest-working man in classical music. But as he begins his 11th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and his third as...
  • Spectator - Musical Gathering Comes Naturally

    By George Robinson

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Shlomo Bar started making music professionally in the mid-1970s, there was no such thing as "world music." So he helped create it.

    Bar, a Moroccan-born Israeli, founded Habrera Hativit in the late '70s as a band whose music would be a creative fusion of the many different sounds...

  • Classical Musicians’ Volume Decreases

    By Beverly Gray

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The conductor raises his baton. On cue, 73 young musicians launch into a heartfelt rendition of "Sabbath Fantasies," a piece that weaves together snatches of Jewish liturgy and folk tunes.

    This is the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO), a 6-year-old ensemble sponsored by Stephen S....

  • Driven Sax Man Puts His Mark on Music

    By Marc Ballon

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Steve Berlin gained early admission to a university premed program as an 11th-grader, his mother and father had visions of their little boy becoming a physician. Much to their chagrin, the young Berlin had other ideas. He told them he dreamed of becoming a rocker -- not a...

  • Madonna and the Elusive Isaac

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Madonna and scandal have been virtually synonymous from the start of the pop star's career more than 20 years ago. There were songs about being like virgins touched for the very first time and girls getting pregnant and telling their fathers that they wanted to keep the babies. There...

  • Enter Three Little Maidelehs

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For strictly observant women, being Orthodox can often mean putting a kibosh on artistic aspirations. Halachic prohibitions against singing and dancing in front of men means that many women who enjoy those art forms find they have little opportunity to perform.

    Enter Margy Horowitz,...

  • Diva Sings Out About Her Tour, Fans

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In America, celebrity divas are instantly recognizable by their first names: Madonna. Britney.

    Israel has its own diva: Rita.

    Known only by her first name, Rita is as dramatic and flamboyant as a diva should be, but also soulful, with an intensity in her voice and performances...

  • White Rapper Gives Lyrics Kosher Spin

    By Emily Pauker

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Onto the stage walks a Caucasian man in a button-down shirt and thick, plastic glasses. He looks like he would fix your computer. Instead, off come the glasses and out comes the Jewish "bling," a rhinestone-studded Star of David on a bulky metal chain.

    Meet Eric Schwartz, the...

  • He’s Wandered the Earth an Exiled Man

    By Jay Michaelson

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Chronicles: Volume One" by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster), $24.

    Toward the end of last year's rambling, barely coherent film "Masked and Anonymous," Bob Dylan, its masked and anonymous star, spoke in voice-over one of his most direct and self-revelatory addresses. Fittingly, it...

  • Project’s Tunes Hit Multicultural Notes

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    There's an old adage that the overnight sensation took years to get there. It's certainly a sentiment that can be applied to 27-year-old Israeli music sensation Idan Raichel.

    His debut album, "The Idan Raichel Project," shot straight to No. 1 upon its release in December 2002,...

  • ‘Aida’ Not So Tragic for Israeli Maestro

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Dan Ettinger looks nothing like the popular image of a classical conductor.

    The Israeli is making his American debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Verdi's "Aida." Appearing considerably younger than his 33 years and standing a sturdy 6-foot-1, Ettinger wears his hair short-cropped,...

  • Q & A With Mike Einziger of Incubus

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Here's what I used to know about Mike Einziger: that when he was 9, he played on the same soccer team as my good friend Mike; that he was the only kid in my second-grade class who could breakdance; that his mom makes great pizza bagels; and that he went to Calabasas High School....

  • Sing Us a Song, Israel’s Piano Man

    By Amy Klein

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One hot summer night in 1997, under the starry desert sky at Masada mountaintop in Israel, I fell in love with Rami Kleinstein.

    "Get yourself some apples and dates/sweeten up your days/He's not worth the pain/that rattles your heart."

    I felt as if Rami was singing directly to me,...

  • Orthodox Mother Opens New Opera

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    File under Incongruities, Major: One of the latest luminaries in the world of grand opera is an Orthodox mother of four from Brooklyn.

    In the male-dominated world of opera composition, Deborah Drattell is a rarity, but from childhood she never doubted she would excel in the world of...

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