Percussionist Yinon Muallem returns from Turkey

Percussionist Yinon Muallem is the first Israeli ethnic music artist to come back after an extended sojourn overseas.

August 5, 2009 12:02
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Percussionist Yinon Muallem returns from Turkey

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While several of our errant jazz artists have returned here to roost of late after several years in New York, percussionist Yinon Muallem is the first Israeli ethnic music artist to come back after an extended sojourn overseas. This Wednesday (9 p.m.), Muallem will show us some of the tricks he picked up during his seven-year stay in Turkey when he appears at Jerusalem's Avi Chai House with a top notch international and cross-cultural lineup. While Muallem made several professional forays here from Istanbul over the years, he is now back to stay and will signal his intent at the Jerusalem show with a band that includes Jerusalemite qanun player Elad Gabai, guitarist-sitar player Shlomo Oz, Turkish kaval (Balkan flute) player Sinan Jem Arogalo and pop singer Din Din Aviv, along with longtime Muallem sidekicks oud player Yaniv Raba and bass guitarist Yankeleh Segal. Muallem will add vocals to his percussive efforts. Muallem, of Iraqi parentage, is deeply rooted in the Arabic musical traditions. However, he developed a wider artistic approach during his Turkish sojourn. His discography to date incorporates excursions into klezmer music, as well as a wide range of ethnic strains, and his latest CD, Telveten, finds the percussionist teaming up with Turkish harp player Sirin Pancaroglu and Iranian kamanche (spike violin) Arslan Hazreti. This week's show will feature material from Muallem's past CDs, as well as several numbers from his forthcoming release Rast. For further information:

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