Martha Wainwright and Nina Hagen to Tel Aviv

Acclaimed Canadian folkrock singer, German punk rocker to perform this autumn.

US singer Martha Wainwright performs at the Glastonbury Festival in 2008 (photo credit: REUTERS)
US singer Martha Wainwright performs at the Glastonbury Festival in 2008
(photo credit: REUTERS)
No, Dave Matthews is not making aliya, but some interesting international musical shows are lining up nicely for the rest of the war-shortened year in Israel.
Acclaimed Canadian folkrock singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright will be making her local debut on November 6 at Zappa Tel Aviv and the following night at Zappa Herzliya.
Wainwright comes from a pedigree family – she’s the daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, and sister of the always intriguing Rufus Wainwright. But she’s established herself over the past decade as a strikingly original writer and performer. Her opening blast in 2005 was an EP provocatively called Bloody Motherf***** Ass****, whose insightful songs justified the in-your-face title.
Through three full-length albums, including the recent Come Home To Mama, with guest appearances by Nels Cline (Wilco) and Sean Lennon, Wainwright has continued to raise the bar. Her appearances in Israel should be as crowd-pleasing and revelatory as those of her brother.
With a month to recover after Wainwright, get ready for the return of German punk rock pioneer Nina Hagen, performing in Tel Aviv for the first time since 1986.
Born in East Germany, Hagen already had a reputation as an outrageous performer by the time she released her first English-language album in 1982, Nunsexymonkrock.
Giorgio Moroder produced her 1983 follow-up Fearless, and Hagen had some success in the dance club scene of the ’80s.
Her 1986 show at the punk club Liquid in Tel Aviv grew into part of the music underground folklore of the era.
Hagen has enjoyed a diversified career but has never stopped challenging her audiences. Her December 16 at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center will focus on her 2011 album Volksbeat, which the singer described as containing elements of “Bertolt Brecht, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie... Solomon Burke, [and] Curtis Mayfield.”