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Jerusalem's Yellow Submarine is a venue for some of the most eclectic and innovative music styles available. In the coming weeks it will be hosting three concerts of "Nu-Jazz," a recent, progressive style that blends jazz's signature syncopated rhythms with the electronic sound of modern dance music, along with a healthy dollop of improvisation. Even the makeup of the bands is unusual - while some feature such jazz standards as trumpet and contrabass, others include a DJ or computer man to mix in sound effects in live performance.
A common thread running through the performances is that all of the bands are made up of Israelis who tour the international scene - not surprising for such a niche genre for which the local scene can hardly be expected to support a significant number of musicians. Yet it says something for the progressiveness of the Israeli music scene that so many musicians are involved in this sort of experimental style.
The first of these performances will be the relatively tame foursome Third World Love. The group, which harkens to such diverse musical influences as Jimi Hendrix and Zohar Argov, is celebrating the release of its fourth album, New Blues, with a performance on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
More challenging for standard musical taste buds is the performance by The Apples on Thursday at 10 p.m. The group of nine musicians features four wind instruments and two electronically-oriented DJs, playing jazz, funk and groove. The party influence is also keenly felt, and the group says that they consider the turntable as much an instrument as the trumpet.
Lastly, on December 19, Yonatan Dagan will perform in his capacity as leading DJ of the J. Viewz project, an ensemble that defies any clear musical classification. Dagan, who also plays the guitar, attempts to find a new sound which is more or less along the funk and Nu-jazz lines, emphasizing a mix of electronic music and remixing alongside an instrumental band of guitar, keyboard, trumpet and drums. The performance starts at 10 p.m.
13 Harekhavim St., Talpiot Industrial Zone, Jerusalem; www.yellowsubmarine.org.il or (02) 679-4040.