Jewish music’s crusader

Yossi Green is one of the most formidable composers of Jewish music and hopes to keep the younger generation interested in Judaism.

By JONAH MANDEL
June 2, 2011 17:44
Jewish music musician Yossi Green.

yossi green_521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Even a journey of hundreds of songs begins with one tune. Ask Yossi Green, leading composer of Jewish music, whose hits, such as “Tanya,” “Aderaba” and “Anovim Anovim” have become immortal standards.

“I’ve been writing music since I was 18 years old – 37 years by now – and I was very lucky, since my first song became a massive world hit – ‘Kol Berama.’ It happened by mistake,” says Green. “I was sitting by the piano with Yigal Calek, who was saying that he needed new material. ‘Didn’t you ever try to write a song?’” he recalled Calek, of the London School of Jewish Music, asking him.

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