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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Musicians Kill Only Themselves

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 25, 2011 | 9:10 pm

    I’d love to know if, in the long history of human evil, a great musician ever became a mass murderer. I ask this question because I’ve always had this crazy theory that when someone is busy and obsessed with creating and playing music, he or she doesn’t think about killing...

  • Violin virtuosi make concert a family affair

    By George Robinson

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's not very often that a classical music recital has its roots in an airport, but in a manner of speaking, you might say that the concert that violin virtuosi Albert and Alexander Markov are giving at American Jewish University (AJU) on April 13 was born at LAX 15 years ago.

    That's...

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  • Briefs: Israel apologizes to the Beatles, Europe commemorates the Holocaust

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm


    Beatles, Shea Stadium, 1965
    Israel Apologizes to the Beatles

    Israel is trying to atone for a decision to bar a tour by the Beatles 43 years ago. Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, has written a letter to relatives of the late Beatles singer John Lennon and guitarist George...

  • Palestinian rappers infuse poetry with politics

    By Dikla Kadosh

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Our music is not about coexistence," said Tamer Nafar, the self-assured leader of Palestinian hip-hop group DAM. "There's a few steps that come before peace."

    Nafar, 27, addressed an audience of roughly 200 people during "Poetry of Peace," a hip-hop and cultural jam benefit for the...

  • Spectator - Music First,

    By Tom Tugend

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Even during the tensest days of the intifada, the four Jewish and four Arab musicians of the SheshBesh ensemble performed before mixed -- and appreciative -- audiences.

    The ensemble's fusion of western and Asian music and instruments can be heard Sunday, June 26, at Temple Israel of...

  • Secular Fans Hip to Religious Rapper

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    He's into rap, hip-hop, reggae -- and religion. He's not a Christian rocker; he's a Chasidic reggae/hip-hop musician.

    Matisyahu is the artist formerly known as Mathew Miller -- until he found God, Lubavitch-style, almost five years ago.

    The 25-year-old certainly beats to his own...

  • Stein Scores Grammy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the midst of all of the glamour of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, one could easily miss the hurrahs of one local cantor. But it was a proud moment for Chazzan Mike Stein of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, one of a group of musicians honored Feb. 13 with an award in the Best...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Disabled artists make headway today thanks to the Irene Vaksberg Salon. The hair salon-by-day becomes an art space this evening, offering a forum for work by emerging artists with disabilities. "Readings From Explore and Express" features works by blind photographer...

  • Melting Pot for Peace

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to imagine a period when Jews and Arabs got along -- but that's apparently what they did from 800-1400 B.C.E., in the historical Al-Andalus period. In Spain and North Africa, Jews, Christians and Muslims got together and collaborated on arts and sciences to create one of...

  • Batsheva Blurs Artistic Borders

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    During "Naharin's Virus" a provocatative dance/performance piece that the Batsheva Dance company will excerpt this week at UCLA, a dancer holds chalk in her hand, dragging it through her body movements: Arching her back, outstretching her arm, she trails Hebrew words on a blackboard....

  • A New Voice for Jewish Music

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Dr. Richard Braun started hanging out with his temple's organist in the late '60s, he probably didn't think he'd become a player in the evolution of synagogue music.

    But the Valley doctor's 30-year friendship with composer Aminadav Aloni was the nucleus of the Jewish Music...

  • Shtetl Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By Sonia Pilcer

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Much to the chagrin of cultural nationalists in places such as France, no culture seems immune to the seductive rhythms of American pop and rock. Fed by a steady diet of American TV and movies, young musicians from places as disparate as Zimbabwe, Paraguay, New Zealand, Mynamar and...

  • Behind the Music: The Wedding Singer

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1998 hit comedy "The Wedding Singer," the eponymous character was a nice Jewish boy named Robbie. At the Sept. 2 Century City Park Hyatt reception of 30-something newlyweds Daphna Ghozland and David Hollander, the wedding singer is a nice Jewish boy named Robbie. True, the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Princeton, MIT Professors Win Nobels

    A professor with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship is sharing this year's Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences. Daniel Kahneman, 68, based at Princeton University, is sharing the roughly $1 million prize with professor Vernon Smith, 75, of George...

  • What’s in a Name?

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Eric, Matt and Chris are three musicians who refuse to give away their last names. But if you guessed it was out of a lack of ethnic pride, you'd be wrong.

    "I'm a pretty high-profile Jew, whether I like it or not," says singer-songwriter Eric. "It's hard to hide when you're in a...

  • Sweet And Loeb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is eating a tuna sandwich and a spinach salad, talking about "Cake And Pie."

    In a voice as sweet and knowing as her wistful folk-pop, she says the point of her new album is that in life, as on the dining table, you can have your cake and eat your pie, too....

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ and Stalinism

    By David Evanier

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

    David Margolick, writer of books and articles on legal issues for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, has hit a raw...

  • Marching to a Different Drum

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Building an audience has become something of a lifestyle for the group Guster. Formed at Tufts University, the band Guster consists of three Jewish boys -- Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner on guitars and vocals; Brian Rosenworcel on percussion -- who graduated from the Boston-area...
  • Russian Artists on Display

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's common knowledge that the Jewish exodus from Russia in the late 1980s brought to Israel a flood of talented artists and musicians. Less well known is that many came to the United States as well. On Sunday, Jan. 24, the Simon Wiesenthal Center will spotlight the works of a...

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