Arts in brief: All-star band takes the stage
Members of Israeli band Lunicidal Tendencies will finally be on stage together to debut their new album, 'After the End'.
Album art Photo: Courtesy
They’re going to need a bigger stage at the Barbie Club on November 14,
when the musical collective Lunicidal Tendencies, featuring members of
Hadag Nahash, Funk ‘n’ Stein, singer-songwriters Geva Alon and Karolina
converge for the debut live performance of their recently released hit
album After the End.
mastermind of US-born music business insider Bryan Steiner, the
over-a-dozen musicians began gathering for informal jam sessions more
than five years ago. After Steiner played some of their music to Los
Angeles producer Jamie Condiloro, who’s worked with Ryan Adams and REM,
the informal project took on a new life and resulted in the 16-song
album released earlier this year.
Encompassing everything from funk and hard rock to folk and country, After the End
has received considerable radio airplay and critical accolades, but the
formidable task of amassing all the musicians on one stage wasn’t
possible until now. Joining the army onstage will be even more special
guests, including Condiloro, flying in specially for the event, Sha’anan
Street and Uzi Ramirez. (David Brinn)
Joseph on the way Rootsy American rocker Jerry Joseph will be making
his first visit to Israel in November as part of a tour that is expected
to also take him to Lebanon and Jordan. Compared in spirit to iconic
performers and songwriters like Joe Strummer, Warren Zevon and Patti
Smith, Joseph has been making music for over 30 years, solo and with his
muscular band The Jackmormons.
He first emerged in the mid-1980s
in the Pacific Northwest in the band Little Women and went on to write
many songs for jam band favorites Widespread Panic. Joseph’s latest
album Happy Book is full of gritty meat-and-potatoes guitar-based rock
and ballads. His shows in Israel include Uganda in Jerusalem on November
10, The Barbie Club on November 14, where he’ll open for Lunicidal
Tendencies, and November 17 at Levontin 7. (David Brinn)
Jazz returns to Ashdod
The Ashdod Jazz Festival will take place for the fourth year running between October 31 and November 1.
two-day program which, as every year since the festival’s founding, is
overseen by Russian-born pianist Leonid Ptashka, is jam-packed with
events, incorporating some 100 artists.
The festival will take
place at Hechal Haomanuyot in Ashdod, and the will kick off with a gala
rendition of a jazz composition written by Ptashka and performed by the
Ashdod Symphony Orchestra.
One of the standouts of the two-day bash is Argentinean- born Canadian pianist Mario Romano and his quartet.
and his band have played with many of the jazz world’s leading lights,
including celebrated Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, and have toured
across North America and Europe. Other top performers from abroad in the
Ashdod festival lineup include American vocalist Charenee Wade, who
performed here in June as part of the Hot Jazz series, and German-born
Italian-American jazz pianist Antonio Ciacca, whose CV includes
synergies with the likes of Art Farmer, James Moody, Lee Konitz and
There will also be musical fare from outside the
strict jazz fold, including a high energy production featuring flamenco
violinist, dancer and choreographer Tania Vinokur and Spanish guitarist
Vicente de Andres, a gig with veteran singer-songwriter Shlomo Gronich,
and a concert by the American-Israeli Sobo Blues Band.
For tickets and information: 1-800-100-012, 08-9. (Barry Davis)
Student performing arts festival
Tel Aviv University Student Organization and Katz Faculty of the
Performing Arts are holding the 11th annual Small Bama (SB) Festival
from October 21-25 at TAU’s Mexico Building.
SB showcases student
work in the various performing arts disciplines and, for the first
time, this year there’s a music element – TAU Music – that offers
everything from folk to rock ‘n’ roll.
There are six plays
competing for an undisclosed cash prize, each of which will be performed
twice. They include Alik’s Bicycle written and directed by Daniel
Cohen-Levy in which a soldier on the battlefield meets a mysterious
little girl on a blue bicycle; Nutcases
by Limor Gruberman and directed by Rakefet Benjamin, in which Veronica
asks herself whether the life she’s lived for 24 years is actually hers;
and Miki Yunes’ Knit & Clean, exploring what happens when shapes change. Tickets are NIS 10 for students and NIS 30 for the public.
for the music, there’s two or three shows daily. For instance, The
Assembly plays funk-rock; no-holds-barred CamelBack Rock challenges you
to last it out; Wake Up Suzzys offers rock based on old Hollywood
There’s also a ton of free stuff, from an exhibition on
what it takes to make a production, to dance theater, to the TAU Wind
Band and much more. The TAU Music launch is 8:15 p.m. on October 23. (Helen Kaye)
‘The Dictator’ playing Queen’s lead man
Baron Cohen is about to take a step back from the crazy movie roles for
which he is known to portray legendary rocker Freddie Mercury in an
upcoming film. While rumors about Cohen’s role as the late lead singer
of Queen started spreading two years ago, confirmation finally came last
week. The band’s legendary curly-haired guitarist Brian May assured
fans that the film will be released in 2014.
There is no word yet if Sacha will shave his trademark bushy moustache for the role. (JTA)