Yitzhak Aviezer 311.
(photo credit: Shiri Yisraeli PR)
For post-summer and pre-holiday celebrations, head to the Piyyut Festival at Beit Avi Chai. The festival showcases varied piyyutim
(liturgical poems included in the services on Shabbat and holidays in
addition to the established prayers) in both a traditional way and also
with an imaginative, modern twist. The Piyyut Festival is under the
artistic direction of Yair Harel and takes place from Monday until
Thursday. It includes an array of piyyut
events and guided tours of neighborhood synagogues in Gilo, Kiryat
Yovel and Nahlaot as well as a multidisciplinary art exhibition, Piyyut,
Emotion and Thought. Several concerts will be streamed live on the Beit Avi Chai website – great news for those unable to attend.
Colorful Ladino and Turkish sounds
The opening concert
, In Babylonian Maqam
, takes place Monday and focuses on the piyyut
and musical traditions of Iraqi Jews. The concert will include a
tribute to the musician and musicologist Yitzhak Aviezer (Ishaq Abu
El‘iz in Arabic) for his dedication to maintaining and renewing the
tradition of piyyut
music of Babylonian and Mizrahi Jews in Israel. Jerusalem Mayor Nir
Barkat will attend and say a few words. Every night, there will be
festive free performances in the Beit Avi Chai courtyard following the
main concert. Enjoy a Kurdish Chafla with Kurdish-style songs for joyous
occasions performed by talented musicians and dancers.
For the first time ever, the Menachem Begin Center is hosting an evening
of French chansons
(songs with French lyrics) featuring Rakelya and her
band. The show will feature the best songs of the genre and there will
also be an interesting presentation of the stories behind the songs and
film clips. Herzl Makov, President and CEO of the Begin Center, will
give opening remarks.
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