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Mere meters from their homes, Moshav Mevo Modi'im luminaries Nachman Solomon and Aryeh Naftaly have been playing acoustic sets every Saturday night at 9:30. The gigs take place at the unlikely venue of the spacious, wooden veranda at Hehatzer, Mevo Modiim's new bagel caf .
Here, Solomon, Naftaly and occasional surprise guests have set up shop, bantering with the mixed crowd of Kiryat Sefer haredim, Hashmonaim and Modiin families and guests from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in-between light but spirited renditions of the duo's canon of original songs, classic rock covers and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach tunes.
Solomon's nuclear family members have fronted well-known acts like Soulfarm, Moshav and The Diaspora Yeshiva Band, and his own up-and-coming Hamakor ensemble recently released its infectious and adrenalized grunge-trance fusion debut, The Source.
Naftaly has been an active force on the music scene on his own right since relocating to Israel from San Francisco in the Eighties, fronting a band called N Safeq, acting as a backing musician for Carlebach himself and releasing several solo albums - all available on www.israel-music.com.
Naftaly's latest, a double-disc called Dvarim, is being sold at the Saturday night shows in a limited-edition hand-printed, artist-signed packaging while supplies last, with The Source appearing alongside Dvarim on the merch table.
For more information on Naftaly and to hear samples from Dvarim, check out myspace.com/aryehnaftaly, while Solomon and Hamakor's web presence can be found at myspace.com/hamakorband. The acoustic jam sessions take place every Saturday night at 9:30. Hehatzer, just inside the entrance to Moshav Mevo Modiim, is located five minutes northwest of Modiin, off of the 443 highway. Admission costs NIS 10, with children attending for free. For more information, call Hehatzer at (08) 926-3344.