News of the Muse

New York-based Lubavich reggae crossover sensation Matisyahu set to visit Israel.

Matisyahu arrives in Israel next month The booming popularity of Brooklyn, New York-based Lubavich reggae crossover sensation Matisyahu has recently earned the innovative artist a slot opening for Phish guitarist Trey Anistasio's solo project, an upcoming gig at Madison Square Garden, several US television appearances, a contract with Sony, and now a European tour that includes four Israel shows. Now off the heels of a month's worth of gigs across the US, London, Amsterdam and Berlin, Matisyahu, his band, and local warm-up act The Dollhouse are set to appear at Tel Aviv's Barby on December 6 and 7 and Jerusalem's Ma'abada theater on December 8 and 10. - Ben Jacobson Somek's poems with a musical twist The Musica Nova Consort will present an evening of Ronny Somek's poems with musical backup on November 23 at the Tel Aviv Museum. The consort, consisting of soloists from the Israel Philharmonic and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, will perform works by Oded Zehavi, Ronnen Shapira, and Boaz Ben-Moshe written specifically for Somek's poems. Iris Portugali, Yahli Toren, Eran Tzur, and Beri Sacharoff will provide vocals as Someck narrates the evening. Baghdad born Someck has published nine volumes of poetry, the last called The Milk Underground. Musica Nova has chosen a number of poems from The Milk Underground for its performance. Someck's works have been translated into some three dozen languages and he's the recipient of a number of honors including the ACUM Special Jubilee Prize, the Prime Minister's Prize and the Amichai Prize. - Viva Sarah Press