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Idan Raichel Returns to Oy-Bay Area This November

Posted by challahbackgirl on October 17, 2007


Idan Raichel Project CDOne of Israel’s most popular music groups is coming back to the Oy-Bay Area this November. This past summer we enjoyed the Idan Raichel Project at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, Oyster even interview leader and brainchild of the group Idan Raichel. Now this diverse collective of eight musicians and vocalists will be at Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium, Sunday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m., courtesy of Stanford Lively Arts, Hillel at Stanford and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. Their Stern Grove performance was awesome, if you missed it or just can’t get enough of Idan Raichel, I fully recommend catching them at Stanford. Click on the image at right to see their 3 albums. There will also be a “Pre-Listening Party” Thursday, Nov. 1 at Stanford Hillel Lounge.

Fueled by a musical message of tolerance and love, keyboardist, producer, and composer Idan Raichel burst onto the Israeli music scene in 2002 with his compelling pop-infused work, interwoven with Ethiopian and Middle Eastern influences. Featuring eight instrumentalists and vocalists from diverse backgrounds, the Idan Raichel Project integrates Hebrew and Amharic prayers with Raichel’s passion for jazz and Gypsy music in a style that is timeless and deeply influenced by the diversity of Jewish Israeli culture. ABOUT THE ARTISTS The Project has featured an array of performers who represent popular Israeli music, including Cabra Casey, an Ethiopian singer born in a refugee camp in Sudan during her parent’s journey to Israel, and Mira Anwar Awad, an Arab Israeli singer and actress. Raichel has also invited a number of elder participants who bridge the generational gap and demonstrate the timelessness of the Project’s music, such as Shoshanna Damari, an Israeli singer of Yemenite heritage who had been one of Israel’s most beloved singers for decades and 76-year old Yihia Tsubara along with his son Shalom Tsuberi.

See the venue Seating Chart and get your ticket now, or call Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-ARTS (2787). Discount tickets for Stanford students with ID. Tickets for the Idan Raichel Project are $18-$44 for adults and $9-$22 for Stanford students. Half-price tickets are available for young people age 15 and under and discounts are available for students. Memorial Auditorium is located on the Stanford University (general directions) campus at 551 Serra Mall at Galvez, across from Hoover Tower. Parking for Memorial Auditorium may be found on Serra Street, MemorialWay, or Lasuen Street. Roth Way and Museum Way, off Lasuen Street, also provide parking.


3 Responses to “Idan Raichel Returns to Oy-Bay Area This November”

  1. Would someone please ask him why in heaven’s name he participated in the 40th anniversary concert celebrating the establishment of Gush Etzion, one of Israel’s largest West Bank settlements? I’d have thought a progressive musician like himself open to the cultures of all (hopefully including Palestinians) would’ve realized the terrible damage that settlements like Gush Etzion have had on Israel & its relationships with its Arab neighbors & the rest of the world.

  2. Oyster said


    Um… do you know the history of Gush Etzion?

    It was re-established 40 years ago. Not established.

    During the War of Independence in 1948, the original town of Gush Etzion was surrounded by the Jordanian Legion, and its inhabitants slaughtered. Ethnically cleansed.

    There’s a big difference between re-establishing pre-1947 towns that were destroyed in the ’48 war, versus de novo construction after 1967.

  3. ck said

    The world is not black and white. Thanks for pointing out basic historical facts about Gush Etzion Oyster. It belies simplistic, ill informed notions of what is and isn’t progressive.

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