The School for Classical Eastern Music’s last concert before the summer break.
(photo credit: MORDECHAI BECK)
HA’AYIN CHET is a narrow, leafy road in Jerusalem’s Musrara district. Located near the Old City and part of a renewed area, it has attracted pious Jews, Yuppies and a few artsy institutions. A visitor passing through this road recently could have heard the exotic sounds of the sitar; the jingle of a kanoon; the strident sounds of the oud struck by a hard plastic plectrum; a ney flute; a variety of folk drums; a kamanche; the sinuous phrases of a violin; and the wafting voices of singing men and women cutting through the night air.These sounds all belong to one of Jerusalem’s hidden treasures – the School for Classical Eastern Music, a place where all the magic of Middle Eastern music is conjured up in the subterranean world that thrives beneath the holy city’s tense surface.