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The former members of the Kaveret band announced on Sunday in Tel Aviv that they
will reunite this spring, 40 years after they began as a band, and 37 years
after they split up.
Although Kaveret’s musical life was short, it was
revolutionary and affected not only Israeli music, but also its culture, in a
country that was barely 25 years old at the time.
acoustic guitar player and one of the band’s two lead vocalists, referred to the
Kaveret reunion concerts slated for June 19 and 20 in Jerusalem, as part of the
Israel Festival, as “an evening of Kaveret nostalgia.”
“We haven’t yet
begun serious rehearsals,” rhythm guitar player Efraim Shamir said, at the press
conference at the Herods Hotel.
“But our aim is to be Kaveret, just as we
were then, to be precise and true to the original.”
Yehuda Talit said he was excited about the reunion that will include its other
lead singer and percussion artist Gidi Gov, keyboard player Yoni Rechter,
electric guitarist Yitzhak “Churchill” Klepter, bass guitarist Alon Olearczyk,
and drummer Meir “Poogy” Fenigstein, who attended Sunday’s press meeting via Web
Although Gov and Sanderson are considered the lead singers,
all members of Kaveret participate as vocalists.
In addition to a
majority of golden oldies, the concerts will showcase a song each by individual
band members, written sometime over the past 37 years.
Kaveret is also
compiling a nostalgic boxed CD collection that will include previously
unreleased material and rehearsal recordings.
“The Israel Festival is
proud to close the 2013 festival with Kaveret. They are the melody of this
country,” Yossi Tal-Gan, director of the Israel Festival, said.