Jazz festival 311.
(photo credit: Alaev Singel)
The International Expo for Jazz and World Music event will showcase the finest
Israeli jazz and world musicians at top music venues, Yellow Submarine in
Jerusalem and Levontin 7 in Tel Aviv. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend
including 40 key figures in the international music industry – festival
directors, promoters, artistic directors, producers and journalists.
by the Cultural and Scientific Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, and the Ministry of Culture and Sport, International Expo for Jazz and
World Music is directed by Barak Weiss, the Artistic Director of the Tel Aviv
Jazz Festival. “Israel has witnessed an explosion in Jazz and World Music,” says
Weiss. “The Israeli World Music scene is one of the richest and most dynamic in
the world, largely owing to Israel's multi-ethnic society”. However, according
to Weiss, the demand for these music genres within Israel is still lower than
the abundant supply and Israeli musicians need to reach out across the sea in
order to continue making music.
Together with the Yellow Submarine, Weiss
initiated this event and started "knocking on doors" over a year ago to raise
sufficient funds. Although similar events have taken place before, this is by
far the largest of its kind with 160 bands applying to perform, more
distinguished guests taking part and first-time sponsorship by the Ministry of
The event will be opened by Eli Degibri, one of Israel's most
known and respected Jazz artists, and closed by oud-player, violinist and
vocalist, Yair Dalal. Israeli pop star Ehud Banai will perform with two Arab
Israeli musicians and Nino Bitton, the last remaining master of
Algerian-Andalusian music, will perform with his Maghreb Orchestra. Other
highlights include music by Omri Mor, the super-talented pianist as well as
Albert Beger, one of Israel's top veteran Jazz musicians. The line-up was
selected by an artistic committee made up of Weiss, Dubi Lenz, Lea Lior and
Daniel Sarid. Each performance is 30 minutes long, and the events are open to
the public, most of them free.
Famous guests include Jo Frost, Chief
Editor of the respected Songlines Magazine; Professor Ulrich Beckerhoff, the
Artistic Director of Jazzahead! Germany, the largest European Jazz expo; Amanda
Rotter, Artistic Director of the famous Wiener Konzerthaus; Janusz Makuch,
director of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, a delegation of four Jazz
club owners from Paris and Wang Yunrong, Vice President of the Beijing National
Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). All of the foreign cultural attaches that
are stationed in Israel are also invited.
Weiss is serious about getting
Israeli talent out there. He aims to make this event an annual one in order to
create exposure for Israeli musicians. He also plans to monitor if the groups
will receive invitations to perform abroad, not necessarily an overnight
process. “I am totally committed to the Jazz and World Music scene in Israel and
to the musicians,” says Weiss. “I think the musicians deserve all the exhausting
work I am doing for them. They are Israel's real ambassadors”.The
International Expo for Jazz and World Music takes place November 16th – 19th at
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