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The Israel Beat blog is a place for poetry submission, concert announcemnets, upcoming shows and musings on Jewish music. The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast brings you live in-studio performances with up and coming Israeli musicians as well as interviews with the stars of the Jewish music world. Plus your music requests and the free CD give-away air live on the show. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. The Beat with Ben Bresky broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio. For more info email email@example.com.
Tammuz 12, 5769, 7/4/2009
"A Farewell Party For Yossi Piamenta"
featuring Yossi Piamenta & friends
July 5,2009 at the Highline Ballroom
Buy Tickets Online http://highlineballroom.com/bio.php?id=1077
Full dinner menu available / General Admission Seated Show / All Ages / First come, first seated / $10 min per person at tables
Yossi is a self-taught musician who would turn on the Jerusalem radio and play along. That’s how he learned how to play. He used money from gigs to buy the best audio equipment, international albums and music magazines. Yossi’s self-acquired education led him to become one of the most skillful and original guitarists on the Jewish and secular music scene. Yossi’s original style is best described as a hint of jazz, a drop of blues, and a whole lot of rock 'n' roll filtered through a purple haze of Oriental funk.
After finishing boarding school, Yossi joined a “Top 40” cover band as their lead guitarist. Then he joined the army, and played in the Army Band. After completing his army service, Yossi became a full time musician. During the Yom Kippur War Yossi, together with his 15-year old brother Avi, now an international acclaimed flutist, played for the soldiers. After that, Yossi and Avi immediately formed “the Piamenta Band.” The rest is history. The band went on to play with the most prestigious Israeli musicians. They were dubbed the “Mizrahi Rockers.”
In 1976 Stan Getz discovered the Piamenta Band. 3 weeks later Getz sent Yossi a ticket to America, where Yossi was introduced to the crème de la crème of American musicians. Getz was so impressed with Yossi’s music that he cancelled his schedule for 3 weeks to cut an album with Yossi. The album was so successful that Getz tried hard to sign a lifetime contract with the Piamenta’s but when Yossi saw what went on in the showbiz industry… he declined and ran towards his Jewish roots."
For more info visit - http://www.piamenta.com
Tammuz 7, 5769, 6/29/2009
Michael Jackson performed in Israel in 1993 during his Dangerous tour to over 70,000 fans in Tel Aviv. He also visited holy sites including the Western Wall. The following is a newscast from CNN about Jackson's visit. It's funny to me that at the end, the newscaster mentions that Madonna may visit Israel in the future. Since that broadcast, Madonna has since visited Israel on numerous occations for both perfomances and private visits. If you search YouTube and other video sits you can find several other clips of Michael Jackson's Tel Aviv performance.
Chris Cornell, lead singer of the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave performed in Israel in June 2009. He performed his very different version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.
In 1996 Michael Jackson release They Don't Care About Us from his HIStory album. It included the lyrics: "Jew me, sue me, everybody do me/ Kick me, kike me, don't you black or white me." Michael Jackson stated the lyrics were meant to rally against prejudice and anti-Semitism. They lyrics have been edited out of most official versions, but can still be found on YouTube and other video sites. For details of the song controversy see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Don't_Care_About_Us
In 2005 Michael Jackson lived in the Middle Eastern Arab - Muslim country of Bahrain. He allegedly was interested in converting to Islam. http://nanima.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/michael-jackson-becomes-muslim-and-reverts-back-to-islam/
On a personal note, when I was in middle school our art teacher Mrs. Turman, "the Turmanator" showed us Michael Jackon's Moonwalker. She thought it was artistic. Many of the kids were Michael Jackson fans and excited to see it but I remember thinking it was a little too pop mainstream for my tastes. But I remember one scene being really really cool. I loved the mixing of animation and live actors, expecially when he dances off against the cartoon rabbit in the end.
I remember an arguement on the first day of school as to who was a better dancer, MC Hammer or Michael Jackson. I sometimes wonder what equivalent artists Israeli kids argue about. Sarit Hadad verses Eyal Golan? Shlomo Carlebach versues Neshama Carlebach?? I don't know if there is an equivalent, but every week on the Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast, I try and share the latest exciting Israeli musician I've discovered.
Sivan 10, 5769, 6/2/2009
Aryeh Naftaly and The Elevators celebrate the release of their debut album “Olim”. The Jewish alternative rocker from the Carlebach Moshav known for his underground band Ayn Safeq is back with a FREE concert and a new band.
June 23, 2009 at 9 PM at Canaan on Shamai Street near Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.
Russian Israeli Female Techo
This weekend we are happy to host 2 great 'techno-breaks' djs from St.Petersburg: Lena Popova and Karina Saakyan. Both are representing one of the biggest electronic festivals in Europe - 'Kazantip'. Get ready to hear some fresh sounds…very different from everything you ever heard at Pacotek events. The 1st night is going to be in Jerusalem at "haMaabada" on June 4 and the 2nd in Tel Aviv at Levontin 7 on June 5th.
Sivan 5, 5769, 5/28/2009
Biblical Banjo Presentation
Come have fun hearing Bruce Brill’s Biblical Banjo.
Bruce explores how a non-Hebraic instrument is used as a vehicle for Scriptural themes.
This will be the first in a series of lectures Bruce will bring to AACI about music; its origins, history and cultural context. This lecture will also precede Bruce Brill’s next concert at AACI and will make the concert even more memorable.
Daniel Zamir CD release concerts. Innovative Jewish jazz.
Iyar 27, 5769, 5/21/2009
Now a mother and housewife, I caught up with Mrs. Nathan by phone in between her picking up her children from summer camp. For more information visit her web site at shuly-nathan.co.il. Her name is alternatively spelled Shuli Natan or various other combinations. Also check out JerusalemOfGold.co.il.
Israel Beat: Why don't you just tell us a little about who you are and what you do.
Shuly Nathan: I am the singer who first sang the original version of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav on Independence Day, 1967 at a song festival. And the song has become like a prophesy and the hymn of the Six Day War and one of the most beloved songs in Israel until this day.
Israel Beat:Did you know that was going to happen that day?
Shuly Nathan: No, no. I felt that I had a treasure in my hand, as a song, but I could never imagine that it could take such root. That it would become almost like a hymn.
Israel Beat: And they just found you and put you up on stage?
Shuly Nathan: Well, Nomi [Naomi] Shemer chose me to sing this song. Teddy Kollek [the mayor of Jerusalem] asked for songs for Jerusalem for the festival. Outside of the contest, Nomi had been asked to write a song and she wrote Jersualem of Gold. And then when they asked who would like to perform this song, she said, "I heard a young girl singing not long ago in an amateur program and I would like her to sing the song." So first they objected and said this girl, her name is Shuly Nathan, she is a soldier and she is an amateur singer and they don't use amateur on that festival. And Nomi said, "If you don't let her sing that song, I am not going to submit the song." That is how my fate went.
Israel Beat: So you've worked with her this entire time?
Shuly Nathan: Yes. I worked with her in the winter that was before January and February, before the festival. The festival was in April. And I got to know her. We worked plenty on the song. Although she gave me quite a lot of freedom, she insisted on the harmonies and the general frame of the song but she gave me quite a lot of freedom to make my own interpretation.
Israel Beat: So that performance was actually before the war?
Shuly Nathan: It was before the war. It was two and a half weeks before the war. The next day they started to call the Miluim [reserve duty soldiers]. Two and a half weeks later, the city was free. General Motta Gur said "Har Habayit is in our hands", and all the paratroopers that were there were yelling and shouting "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav!" It became like a hymn.
Israel Beat: What are you doing now? You're now releasing new albums, right?
Shuly Nathan: I made about six albums in the first part of my career, long-plays, between '67 and '75. Then I got married and had five children and I stopped for ten years. My second career started when my youngest son was two, and it lasts 'til now. I released four CDs. Amongst them, one of Shlomo Carlebach which I released about two years ago. And I'm going on and I'm very, very busy. Singing in Israel and around the world as well.
Israel Beat: Do people recognize your name? Do they know you?
Shuly Nathan: Most people do. They young people, they know, if you tell them, I'm the original singer of Jerusalem of Gold. So everybody knows Jerusalem of Gold.
Israel Beat: Did you work with Naomi Shemer this entire time?
Shuly Nathan: I worked with her later. We released another LP. Shuly Nathan Sings Naomi Shemer Songs. That was in 1974. We were always in touch with her and with her family -- her husband and her children. We were very found of each other.
Israel Beat: Have you been all over the world touring?
Shuly Nathan: I've been, yes. All through the years, yes.
Israel Beat: What have the reactions been?
Shuly Nathan: It's always very exciting. When they hear Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, people cry. They get very excited.
Israel Beat: How did you learn how to sing?
Shuly Nathan: I started to play the guitar and that made me start singing when I was sixteen.
Israel Beat: Do you have any CDs coming out now?
Shuly Nathan: I am working. I am starting one now that will be more ethnic music. Ladino songs, Italian, Moroccan, Jewish. Maybe some songs from around the world.
Israel Beat: Are there any Jerusalem of Gold type songs now?
Shuly Nathan: Not that I know. There isn't anything like it. Because it's not a normal song. So it's really something once in a decade.
Israel Beat: Do you have any advice for people for people who want to write a great song such as that?
Shuly Nathan: It's not something that you can do with intention. I don't think she did it with intention in her mind. She just went to Jerusalem, walked in the streets of Jerusalem, wrote about the sadness of us not being able to reach The Wall and the holy places and she was inspired. She certainly was inspired.
Ben Bresky interviews Shuly Nathan