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The Hagiga (Celebration) jazz sextet, led by saxophonist Alon Farber, will make a rare appearance at Shablul Jazz Club at the Tel Aviv Port on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., with another gig at Levontin 7 on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. For the latter, the band will be joined by a guest soloist – internationally acclaimed, longtime New York resident Anat Cohen, a saxophonistclarinetist.
Hagiga has been one of this country’s most adventurous jazz outfits for some years now, and released its debut CD, Exposure, on the Spanish-based Fresh Sound label in 2005. The band has toured abroad, and recently performed in Paris.
Farber, who also plays with the highly popular Orchestra big band, which is fronted by stellar trombonist- band leader Avi Lebovich, will be joined on the Tel Aviv dates by longtime Hagiga member drummer Dani Benedikt, as well as teenage pianist Gadi Lehavi, alto saxophonist Hagai Amir, bassist Tal Gamlieli and trombonist Oded Meir.
For tickets and more information: (03) 546-1891, www.shabluljazz.com (Shablul) and (03) 560-5084, www.levontin7.com (Levontin 7)
Feeding off the Sun
The Cirque du Soleil (Circle of the Sun) extravaganza is currently in full force at the Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv, with shows running until August 25.
The Canadian-based act, which describes itself as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment,” was founded in Montreal in 1984 by former street performers Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.
Over the years Cirque du Soleil has put on mainly high-energy, joyful shows, but the Alegria production it has brought here feeds off darker and heavier vibes. Even so, there will be plenty of action to catch, and the company describes Alegria as “a baroque ode to the energy, grace and power of youth.”
Alegria was created over 15 years ago and cost $3 million to get off the ground. It incorporates more ominous visual and musical aesthetics than the company’s previous offerings, with props including gothic elements and harsh angular designs. The visual components are enhanced by a very popular sound track, which has been the company’s best-selling album to date.
Gloomier mind-set notwithstanding, with over 50 performers on stage, mind-boggling acrobatics and two hours of non-stop action, Alegria does a good job of achieving the creators’ declared objective of firing the public’s imagination and stimulating its senses and emotions.
For tickets and more information: +9066, www.eventim.co.il and www.cirquedusoleil.com
Ziggy Stardust 40 years on
Next Friday at 10 p.m., the Tel Aviv Cinematheque will host a tribute to one of the most enduring icons of the rock world, David Bowie’s early psychedelic incarnation as Ziggy Stardust.
Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars record in 1972, which was spearheaded by Bowie’s largerthan- life, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
The cinematheque program, which marks the 40th anniversary of the album’s release, includes a screening of the documentary David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust, which was commissioned by the BBC and narrated by Pulp rock band frontman Jarvis Cocker.
The second half of the evening features the full footage of a Bowie concert that took place at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was the last time Bowie presented his multicolored Ziggy Stardust persona to the public, but the image lives on to this day.
For tickets and more information: (054) 470-5992, www.progrock.co.il
Blues and soul with an Irish flower
Next Saturday evening Café Yaffo near the Jaffa Flea Market will host a show by singer Briony Hauden.
Hauden, whose given name originates from a flower that grows in the south of Ireland, was born in Sheffield, England. She grew up in Jerusalem and was drawn to the melodies and energies of southern blues, gospel and soul music from an early age.
She first came to notice when she won a Tel Aviv Municipality young talent contest in 2005, with an impressive rendition of soul hit “When You Believe,” which was recorded in 1998 by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Briony’s forthcoming show will feature a wide-ranging repertoire, including Aretha Franklin’s “Say A Little Prayer for You,” a rendition of Billie Holiday’s version of George Gershwin standard “Summertime,” “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone and late-’50s pop hit “Fever” by Peggy Lee.
For tickets and more information: (03) 518-1988