Musical pleasure palace

Marc Eliyahu 88 (photo credit: )
Marc Eliyahu 88
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The old Jaffa palace that houses the East-West House provides the stage for the father-son Eliyahu duo for one unique performance Thursday, June 8. Mark Eliyahu, the son, is a world-renowned kamanche virtuoso. A bowed spike fiddle the size of a viola, the kamanche is played upright while perched on the musician's leg. Sheep skin stretches across its highly ornate wood hemisphere, and four metal strings run its length. Its sound evokes the emotional cries of classical Middle Eastern music. Mark will perform with his father and teacher, Peretz, a composer who also teaches Eastern music traditions at Bar Ilan University. Together they will offer a "musical journey from the ancient kingdom of Persia to ancient Greece," according to the night's invitation. There are many musicians in Israel who mix the rock music of their own generation with the roots music of their parents', says Yisrael Botochov, the founder and artistic director of East-West House. This type of mixed music is particularly prevalent in Israel, he says, because of the country's immigrant population, which brougth together music from a wide array of countries and ethnic musical traditions. The Eliyahus are set to take the stage at the venue's summer space, its outdoor courtyard, which features oriental carpeting and cushions in lieu of chairs, at 9 p.m. Tickets are NIS 60. East-West House, 16 Erlich St., (03) 683-8129