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
Original production—especially for Mekudeshet
Wednesday, August 15, YMCA. Doors open: 6:00pm / Performance begins: 7:00pm
Thursday, August 16, YMCA. Doors open: 9:30pm / Performance begins: 10:15pm
While gracing the most prestigious stages from New York to London, and serving as the musical director for the Jerusalem Jazz Festival, it was on the beaches of Goa that trumpeter Avishai Cohen found meaning, inspiration and serenity, and it's there that he lives with his family in recent years. His new and intriguing composition weaves together the different worlds that make up his world, and combines rich jazz and the ancient classical traditions of Indian music.
Cohen’s permanent band, one of the most prominent of Israel’s jazz elite that has conquered the New York scene, is adding three Indian masters to its lineup, each of whom descends from a respected musical dynasty. Together, they are creating a shared language that bridges gaps and ties up all loose ends.
Alongside the trumpet, piano, bass and drums, the YMCA’s enchanted stage will give pride of place to the sarangi (an ancient string instrument from North India), the bansuri (a traditional bamboo flute), and, of course, the tabla (a percussion instrument that is synonymous with classical Indian music). The ensemble will delve into a deep contemplative state that is part wistful and part energetic with an overarching theme of compassion, inclusiveness and acceptance. Meditation, which is an fundamental concept in both Indian culture and jazz, will be also make its way into this fascinating meeting of artists from different backgrounds and distant shores who celebrate a love of music and humanity together.
Sabir Khan - sarangi
Rakesh Chaurasia - bansuri
Satyajit Talwalkar - percussion