This year, we offer you a concentrated festival comprising, almost entirely, of original productions that will flood the imagination with additional, possible realities. A festival that curates reality through meticulously produced artworks, expands your mind and also tries, wherever possible, to influence that reality in return. During the three weeks of Mekudeshet 2018—and actually at any given moment—we try to go back to our roots, to the spring or the heart of the city, and to call on everyone who believes—no matter what—to come to Jerusalem, to come find what is sacred for them, to come in peace.Tongues of Fire
Three performances with one ticket
Raymond Abecassis and the Europeans, Shai Tsabari & The Middle-East Groove All-Stars and the world debut of Assaf Talmudi and the Keyboard Uprisers # Three performances with one ticket
Mekudeshet’s over-the-top Friday celebration at the Tower of David is back. Hot and shaded. Rhythmic and immersive. From 1:00pm and until just before Shabbat comes knocking. Feel free to join us for a boundless fiesta of three Middle Eastern performances, each of which will offer their own take on the concept of hafla (celebration).
We will begin with Raymond Abecassis, one of Israel’s most intoxicating singers. Raymonde will be backed by “the Europeans”—the sextet of Eyal Talmudi—who composed new and original arrangements for the band's most popular songs that venture into the worlds of funk, jazz and African beats. In short, it will be one of those performances where there are seats to sit on, but no one will be sitting…
We will continue with a premiere of an original production: neo-prog-mid-east-suite #1 Suite no.1 by Assaf Talmudi and the Keyboard Uprisers.
Electric keyboards in the Middle East are an invasive species. Like rabbits in Australia or jelly fish on Frishman beach. They are not an indigenous. They are not from here and they have no natural predators. They are also highly adaptive. Unlike guitars, for example, electric keyboards have no problem adapting to micro-tones and playing maqam scales. They will do whatever is necessary to blend into their surroundings; they will play at weddings or in a stadium with the same level of enthusiasm, and try to do exactly what the Jews, Romans, Byzantines, Turks and Palestinians did in Jerusalem: survive a bit longer. Does this malleability threaten Middle Eastern musical traditions or is it a savior? Jewish and Arab keyboard virtuosos, backed by a brilliant Israeli band that plays rock and ethnic music, will perform Assaf Talmudi’s newest piece and add another layer to this complicated question.
And for dessert, just before the Shabbat eve, we will join Shai Tsabari and & The Middle-East Groove All-Stars. Tsabari, who sings with all his heart (and lungs), will pick up the tempo, shake up the base, and turn up the volume in a festive, energy-filled performance. Now try telling us that there is something more Mekudeshet than this…