Music meets words

Baghdad-born Israeli poet Roni Somek shares the stage with Israeli-born percussionist Yinon Muallem.

March 18, 2015 03:24
ISRAELI-BORN percussionist Yinon Muallem

ISRAELI-BORN percussionist Yinon Muallem. (photo credit: UZGUR OLTCHER)


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There will be something of an Iraqi summit at Avi Chai House in Jerusalem on Thursday (8:30 p.m.), when Baghdad-born Israeli poet Roni Somek shares the stage with Israeli-born percussionist Yinon Muallem whose parents also hail from the Iraqi capital.

The show is called Between the Music and the Words and feeds of the grey interface between the two disciplines. Somek and Muallem first joined forces for a performance at a poetry festival in Mardin, in the Kurdistan region of southeast Turkey, since which they have cooperated on several projects.

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Musical support for Someck’s poetry readings will also be provided, by oud player Yaniv Raba and clarinet and flute player Eyal Sela – both of whom are long time performance partners of Muallem – guitarist Idan Harmoni and jazz and world music singer Eden Holan. Muallem will also contribute vocals.

For tickets and more information: (02) 621-5300 and

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