The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival presents a variety of performances throughout the city between March 2-19, 2017. Established in 2010, the festival’s mix of traditional and forward-thinking programming has helped carve a place among the city’s purveyors of musical discovery and diversity. Highlights of the 2017 season include:
Opening Night Concert: David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havanna
Award-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder assembled a crew of top jazz and world musicians to explore the Jewish-Cuban connection in Odessa/Havana. The collaboration with Grammy-nominated Cuban piano master Hilario Durán has produced two albums, the most recent, Walk to the Sea, of which earned rave reviews and picked up a Canadian Juno Award. While the cities of Odessa and Havana are oceans apart, each of their rich cultures is rooted in rhythmic drive and strong spiritual foundations which Buchbinder and Duran’s compositions explore in this cross-cultural collaboration.
Sefardic Musical Journeys
Congregation Beth Haverim
The concert spotlights Sefardic Jewish music, from its medieval Spanish and Mediterranean roots, to contemporary jazz explorations, led by jazz pianist David Marcus. An international musical ensemble of violin, oud, guitar, accordion, bass, piano, percussion, and singers presents new arrangements of these ancient melodies from Jewish communities in Greece, Turkey, and the Mediterranean. CBH musicians, guitarist Will Robertson , violinist Sarah Zaslaw, bassist Jordan Dayan and vocalist Gayanne Geurin perform alongside Palestinian oudist Suheil Sedran and Turkish percussionist Emrah Kotan.
One of the most popular musicians in Israel, composer, producer, singer and keyboardist Idan Raichel has long been known for using his music to transcend barriers and blending the sounds of his country’s immigrant community with his own. In a 2010 interview, he told the BBC, “I would love to see for the first time Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian and Iranian musicians playing with Israeli artists, without fear from their governments.” Journalist Yoni Cohen wrote in 2013 concert review for The Jewish Times, “If only everyone in the real world was as tolerant and inclusive as the Idan Raichel Project,
the world would be a much better place.”
ATL Collective Presents Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill
The largest event of the 8th annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF8) is a collaboration with ATL Collective to celebrate and recreate Beastie Boys’ classic album Licensed to Ill. Each song, performed in the order as they appear on the album, will be reimagined and performed by local musicians and/or visiting Israeli musicians Axum, Peled and Sagol 59.
For a full schedule of Atlanta Jewish Music Festival events, visit: http://atlantajmf.org/ajmf8-line-up-announcement/