Arts in Brief - July 7

Harpist Newsom headed here; Balkan Beat Box to lead free fest in TA

bugadov guitar frame 311 (photo credit: David Brinn)
bugadov guitar frame 311
(photo credit: David Brinn)
Harpist Newsom headed here
American folk singer and harpist Joanna Newsom will be performing at the Tel Aviv Opera House on September 30, production team Naranjah announced on Monday.
Newsom won critical claim in 2004 with the release of her debut on the Drag City label, The Milk-Eyed Mender.
The California-based singer’s wistful, tender voice, combined with her at times whimsical, at times sentimental harp melodies, musical ingenuity and technical virtuosity, earned her a loyal fan base that would follow her for years as her work diversified.
On her most successful album, Ys (2006), Newsom teamed up with producer Steve Albini, singer-songwriter Bill Callahan and other leading figures in the alternative music industry to create a record of meandering, musically complex tracks, all featuring her signature instrument and singular voice.
Newsom released her third album, Have One On Me, earlier this year. A triple release, the record featured elaborate arrangements and collaborations with classical musicians, as well as a wide range of influences ranging far beyond folk and Americana.
Newsom performs at the Opera House in Tel Aviv on September 30 at 9 p.m.; tickets are available at
Yifa Yaakov
Balkan Beat Box to lead free fest in TA
A mobile music parade will take place on July 9 along the Tel Aviv promenade. The Musix Parade, sponsored by Pelephone and the Tel Aviv Municipality, will feature free performances by dozens of artists, including Balkan Beat Box, Useless ID, and Terry Poison. The artists will peform beginning at noon on the back of a truck that will slowly move up and down the promenade and end up at the Charles Clore garden for a giant performance beginning at 2:30 pm. • David Brinn