International sensation Idan Raichel, whose self-titled first album sold record numbers of copies in Israel, will perform for the first time in central London as part of his European tour, with the fabulous Ethiopian and Arabic Israeli musicians who have inspired and influence his music. Israeli star Noa, who wowed audiences in 2001 at the Barbican, will return to London for this show to launch her new album Jeans and Genes, released on Universal. Noa is Yemeni by origin and brings these ethnic roots into her beautiful jazz and singer-songwriter lyrics. We are also working with the South Bank Centre to programme pre-concert music in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Noa’s unique sound is influenced by the singer-songwriters of the 60s, like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, her own Yemenite roots and, long-time collaborator, Gil Dor’s diverse background in music genres such as Jazz, Classical and Rock.
Over the span of their 15 year career together, Noa and Gil, have written and produced 4 hugely successful Israeli albums and performed to international audiences in venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in NYC, Rome’s Coliseum, and The Barbican in London. In addition, Noa who is known as Achinoam Nini in Israel, has recorded a live album with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and a live CD and DVD with The Solis String Quartet. Collaborations with Arab and Palestinian artists from around the world have also enabled the duo to express, musically, their belief in the power of communication and dialogue as a means of promoting peace and understanding.
The songwriting duo has sold over a million and a half copies of their current catalogue. Noa’s current album, Jeans and Genes, is released this Summer with Universal Records.
Idan Raichel Project:
With its multicultural influences and implicit messages of unity and respect for diversity, The Idan Raichel Project presents the new face of Israeli popular music. The New York Times described Idan Raichel as the Middle Eastern Peter Gabriel since both artists share a similar multicultural musical approach and message of tolerance. While recent headlines are dominated by news of conflict and war in the Middle East, this Israeli musical collective has achieved success by looking beyond intercultural differences and celebrating the value of diversity.
With its blend of traditional Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms, The Idan Raichel Project has already taken Israel by storm with multiple number one hits and multiple platinum sales and performed to sell-out crowds in prestigious venues all over the world in places such as Paris, Brussels, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and many more. The Idan Raichel Project sold more than 250.000 copies of its first two albums and they will release their third CD in 2008.
Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers
Israeli-born, Daphna Sadeh formed her London-based cross-cultural band The Voyagers in 2003. She was already an experienced exponent of the form, having been a member of the innovative Israeli East/West Ensemble a decade a go. East/West Ensemble brought together musicians from diverse origins, with roots in the culture of Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The Voyagers line-up features a range of established world music and jazz recording artists and the band continues the quest of creating inter-cultural music as a reflection of the world we live in. Together their sound explores the rapport between Jewish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music, with added influences of Jazz, traditional Sephardic and Klezmer traditions. The Voyagers often collaborate with other musicians and vocalists from Armenian, Kurd, Turkish and Middle-Eastern origins.