Spread the word ladies and gentlemen;
Boogie Boy will perform at the Namal Tel Aviv Hangar 12 on Monday March 30th during the Belgian Culinary festival.
Join us for a celebration of food, beer, music and sport.
Spread the word ladies and gentlemen;
Boogie Boy will perform at the Namal Tel Aviv Hangar 12 on Monday March 30th during the Belgian Culinary festival.
Join us for a celebration of food, beer, music and sport.
Sometimes I’m ahead of my time when I post about people, bands, places or things and sometimes I’m behind. Remember, I have a good reason: I had a baby 🙂 One of those spots I forgot to share with you out there is Yafo Creative.
“Yafo Creative is a guest house* and creative content center** in the heart of Jaffa — A multi-disciplinary production hub where projects are ideated and developed by our community of Israeli and international artists.”
*The house was established in 2014, and gained a fast reputation for its exclusive Friday dinners featuring some of the most
exciting local artists, who organically started performing after meals. Artists of all backgrounds – music, dance or visual art, started an interdisciplinary dialogue. The newly renovated space is nestled in a secret spot in Jaffa and offers four elegant and design rooms featuring 50-ft-high ceilings suitable for one or two guests, each with a Queen-sized handmade eucalyptus bed, local vintage furniture and changing art exhibitions. Yafo Creative offers travelers insider guidance and a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with locals in an authentic, dynamic and inspirational spot in Israel. Room price is 90$ and more info can be found on Airbnb.
**The Yafo Creative community consists of international and local artists, tastemakers and producers, who together, bring culture to a wider audience around the world, as well as international culture to Israel through various channels, including pop-up events, monthly ‘creative dinners’, theatrical productions, exhibitions, films, music and photography. Yafo Creative develops select artists within the community through strategic channels and services — including branding, multimedia production and filmmaking — to further promote local art and spark new conversation and collaboration, crossing boundaries of genre and medium.
I recently went there to hear my friend and personal genius Rotem Bar Or (from the band The Angelcy) perform solo during an “intimate session” and luckily he played my new favorite song, untitled and unreleased; here’s a glimpse for your ears only:
Newies – You can listen to the full playlist via this Youtube link
|2||Tracy Chapman||Don’t Dwell|
|3||James Blake||A Case of You|
|4||Sia||Soon We’ll Be Found|
|6||Elizabeth and the Catapult||Golden Ink|
|8||Joan As Policewoman||The Ride|
|9||Ray LaMontagne||Hold You In My Arms|
|10||Adele||Make You Feel My Love|
|11||Damien Rice||The Professor & La Fille Danse|
|12||Regina Spektor||Laughing With|
|13||Nom de plume||Loneliness|
|14||Fiona Apple||Never Is A Promise|
|15||Teddy Thompson||Separate Ways|
|16||Aimee Mann||Save Me|
|18||Natalie Merchant||Life Is Sweet|
|19||Antony & the Johnsons||Hope there’s someone|
|22||Bon Iver||Skinny Love|
|23||Sia||Day Too Soon|
|24||Bright Eyes||The First Day Of My Life|
|25||Rufus Wainwright||Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk|
|27||Kings of Convenience||Toxic Girl|
|29||Leona Naess||Heavy like sunday|
|30||Ray LaMontagne||Can I Stay|
|31||Rufus Wainwright||Rebel Prince|
|32||Amy Winehouse||Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow|
|34||Elliott Smith||Miss Misery|
|35||James Vincent McMorrow||Breaking Hearts|
|36||Ryan Adams||The Bar Is A Beautiful Place|
|39||Rufus Wainwright||Complainte de la butte|
|40||Ben Folds Five||Evaporated|
|41||Regina Spektor||The Sword & the Pen (Bonus Track)|
|42||David Gray||This year’s love|
|43||Michael Kiwanuka||Home Again|
|44||Let’s Go Sailing||All I Want from You Is Love|
|45||Norah Jones||Seven Years|
|46||Peter Von Poehl||The story of the impossible|
|48||Cinematic Orchestra||That home|
|1||Gilbert O’Sullivan||Nothing Rhymed|
|2||Rickie Lee Jones||For No One|
|3||Elton John||It’s Me That You Need|
|5||James Taylor||You can close your eyes|
|6||Leonard Cohen||Lover Lover Lover|
|8||Simon & Garfunkel||April Come She Will|
|9||Nick Drake||Saturday Sun|
|10||Cat Stevens||Sad Lisa|
|11||Jim Croce||Time in a bottle|
|13||Jefferson Starship||Count On Me|
|14||Crosby, Stills & Nash||Our House|
|15||Rod Stewart||In a Broken Dream|
|16||The Alan Parsons Project||Gemini|
|17||Elvis Costello||I Want You|
|18||Ralph McTell||Streets Of London|
|19||Jim Croce||New York’s Not My Home|
|20||Billy Joel||Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)|
|21||Bob Dylan||Blind Willie McTell|
|24||Nick Drake||Day is done|
|25||The Beatles||I’ll follow the sun|
|26||Simon & Garfunkel||America|
|27||Liverpool Express||You Are My Love|
|28||Billy Joel||She’s got a way|
|30||Rosemary Clooney||50 Ways to Leave Your Lover|
|31||Bill Withers||Lovely day|
|32||Al Green||Lean on me|
|33||Leonard Cohen||A Singer Must Die|
|34||Joan Baez||Forever Young|
|35||The Alan Parsons Project||Old and wise|
|36||Crosby, Stills & Nash||Helplessly hoping|
|37||David Bowie||Life on Mars|
|38||Cat Stevens||The wind|
|39||the Beatles||While my guitar gently weeps|
|40||Simon & Garfunkel||My little town|
|41||Don MacLean||Starry starry night|
|42||Terence Trent d’Arby||Let her down easy|
|43||Pink Floyd||Wish you were here|
|44||The Rolling Stones||Wild horses|
|45||Chicago||Hard to say I’m sorry|
|46||Carly Simon||You’re so vain|
|48||Murray Head||Never even thought|
|49||Chris De Burgh||Here is your paradise|
|50||Peter Sarstedt||Where do you go to my lovely?|
Did you know my brother was a pop star? You probably already by now I come from a musical family. So my brother N8n (pronounced Nathan) is an artist, a deejay, a drummer and a performer. He’s always playing somewhere around the world, from London to Capetown, from Shanghai to Tel Aviv. And in between his live gigs, he hops in and out of the studio to record his songs. This one was produced in New York. ‘Losing Control’ is the second single from his forthcoming album ‘Imaginathan’. The new single is another catchy tune with a solid hook, hear it once and it will stick in your head. The production is minimal with N8N & producer Scott Jacoby (John legends, …) bangin’ the beat, a Fender jazz bass to give it that depth, the acoustic guitar and clavinet playin’ the groove, while the the warm harmonies and 80’s synth pad take over the chorus. Lyrically N8N sings about a bad case of the ex. ‘Goin’ out of my mind – and into your Soul – It’s breaking my heart – Feels like I’m Losing Control’
N8n performing ‘Losing Control’ live in Rothschild12 Tel Aviv
photo by Sien Josephine
Time for a musical discovery. While recently watching “Not in Tel Aviv” by Nony Geffen (full post about the film following soon) I fell in love with a song called Giant Heart by Rotem Bar Or. Rotem is a musical emperor leading a 6-headed band called theAngelcy. He started playing guitar to impress girls, so did Leonard Cohen. The band is in the starting-blocks of a promising international career. Their first single Dreamer was an unscheduled-overnight-radio-hit and with barely two years of performances throughout Israel, they have conquered our souls and acquired a devoted following.
On Tuesday, 12-02-2012, they performed at the Tel Aviv Barby for over 700 people. It was the last show before their maternity leave, the recording of their first album. On stage, Rotem knows how to interact with his audience and keep them hooked. His songs are mostly about love but his lyrics can be violent, cruel and even sadistic. Despite prophetic loneliness and emptiness, the audience feels comforted by the music. What would Freud say about the ambiguity of those figures he sings about: the motherlover, the baby boy, the fighter, the rebel angels, the big bad wolf… It was a delight to see this eclectic-folk band live on stage, they have sweet stage dynamics and a good instrumental balance. The show ended with Rotem’s solo version of a new song called ‘Secret Room’…which just left us all yearning for more…
For optimal listening experience: 1. start with Giant Heart if you feel hooked, it’s ok, you may use the repeat1 button 2. then listen to Dreamer (also on repeat1 if needed) 3. by then you’ll probably have bought the EP “Beginner’s love” and will subscribe to all their channels to stay tuned for more: Facebook Bandcamp YouTube MySpace
all photos © Marilyn Ambach – thanks to Canon EOS M
Where do I start my Leonard Cohen story and how do I tell it? Needless to share the part of I’m a fan; loving his music and admiring the man. After working on his legendary concert in Israel in September 2009, I was asked to join the tour in July 2010 as production assistant. When I got the call from Leonard Cohen’s tour manager, I was first of all very flattered and honored. Of all working people they met over the years, they had chosen me. Luckily I didn’t have too much time to think and prepare, we were leaving 3 weeks later. Leaving for 4 months and a half. 3 months across Europe then New Zealand, Australia, West Canada and the US. As it has now been almost two years ago, some memories fade and one keeps mostly the good ones. Yes I was homesick many times. Living in a hotel, out of a suitcase and traveling is not made for everyone. Being on the move all the time is not an easy thing when you are attached to your family and friends and to your comfort zone(s). But what a ‘chance’. To see the world and to be part of the most wonderful touring company, the Unified Heart Touring Company. It’s hard work and it’s boring, it’s fast and it’s slow, it’s joy and it’s tears, it’s close and it’s far. It’s all of it. All together I visited 45 different cities/countries and did over 60 shows joining the last leg of a 3 year world tour. I listen to Leonard Cohen everyday. I am grateful everyday. The new tour has just kicked off in Ghent, Belgium and is making its way through Europe. It’s been an amazing reunion. So long my Cohen road family.
Hanging backstage signs in Tours, France – photo by J.S. Carenza III
My tour twin, road manager, blogger and photographer J.S. Carenza III took these in Strasbourg venue
Touring can be lonely, luckily I had 2 blackberries – photo by J.S. Carenza III
Santa Croce, Firenze, Italy – photo by J.S. Carenza III
Celebrating Jewish new year in France – photo by J.S. Carenza III
Deep talk over coffee in hotel lobby. Auckland, New Zealand – photo by J.S. Carenza III
Small talk over dinner in Brisbane, Australia – photo by J.S. Carenza III
The other highlight in Australia: wildlife park with my friend Mr. Koala
Soundcheck in Australia’s “Hanging Rock”
Celebrating Hanukkah in Vancouver, Canada – photo by J.S. Carenza III
Celebrating last Hanukkah candle in Portland, Oregon – photo by J.S. Carenza III
After show in the green room. Oakland, California, USA – photo by J.S. Carenza III
Last two shows in Las Vegas. December 2010.
Signed poster, framed on my living room wall.
My daily cup of merch and the “Unified Heart” ring I never take off.
Collage I made a long time ago with a quote from Anthem: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”
More info about Leonard Cohen on his website or on the Leonard Cohen Files. Follow “Notes from the road” for all updated tour info or for more souvenirs: http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/archive/2010/12
Tel Aviv is divided into 9 districts that have formed naturally over the city’s history. The oldest of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. There’s much to write about Jaffa, I’d talk about the flea-market or the ancient city but let’s focus on the port today. The Old Port of Jaffa is reputed to be one of the oldest ports in the world, notably being the port from which Jonah set off in the famous Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. Its long and fascinating history as strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean continued until only recently when new ports were built south of Tel Aviv in Ashdod and north in Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods. Still functional as a small fishing port, the port is currently a recreational zone featuring many restaurants and cafes with lots cultural and artistic activities.
One of my favorite spots in the Namal (port in Hebrew) is called The Container. The Container is an industrial warehouse from the 1920s that has been converted into an art project space, bar and restaurant, located on the waterfront. The NY times recently wrote: “The space fuses Red Hook grit with Levantine glam, incorporating a sweeping, 45-seat horseshoe-shaped bar under a warehouse-high ceiling that affords nice views of both the oversize wood oven in the open kitchen and the rotating exhibits on the walls. Adding to the mix is a three-times-a-week D.J. set.” And live gigs:
As my brother is coming to visit Tel Aviv again, we set up a little concert there. On Friday July 6th at 10PM, N8n will perform with his Israeli band led by drummer Ori Raz for another night of good vibes by the water, some good old funk and some new ‘raw’ material. People are advised to reserve tables, entrance is free. Join us!
Jaffa Port – photo credit Dani Jordan
The Container by night – photo credit The Container
The Container inside – photo credit Liron Erel
The Container inside – photo credit The Royal Excursion
“That sh*t cray” is all i can say after last night’s performance of Watch the Throne by the legendary Jay-Z and Kanye West (that, and “get your diamonds up”). Without doubt the craziest and best concert ever! I must say i like Jay-Z more than Kanye, but they both owned up to their music, leaving Antwerp (and especially me) behind with a big smile on our face. Next stop: Paris??
Did you also see the concert? What did you think?
While Madonna was launching the first show of her 2012 world tour at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday, I was looking for a musical alternative. Luckily, the Tabor winery and city of Tel Aviv had just launched an amazing initiative: 20 pianos, spread throughout the city, open to the public and customized by Israeli artists. After the campaign, the pianos will be donated to schools. So with 2 friends, we went down to Rothschild Boulevard, printed out a few songs and started playing. Within minutes we were joined by various other musical talents and that’s how a great musical night started. We just played and sang and played and sang for over 3 hours while people were coming by, joining in, playing a tune. Simple and fun.
that’s us on Rothschild Boulevard
or on youtube: http://youtu.be/mfdN9_1TizI
Ibn Gvirol Street/ Municipality – Photo By Adi Ezra
Hatachana, Neve Tzedek – Photo By Adi Ezra
When you grow up in a musical family you’re not aware of how unconventional your life is. With a concert promoter father who’s also an amateur blues performer and stage animal I thought I’d seen something. Until my little brother became a soulbrother and joined the stage.
Last week, Nathan, better known as N8n, gave a special performance at the coolest spot in Tel Aviv called Rothschild 12. Every time he comes visit me in Tel Aviv, we set up a gig. And when Antwerp and Tel Aviv join forces, our blog celebrates.
We put a band together via email and text messages thanks to drummer and socialite Ori Raz: Shlomi Maya – keyboard, Nitzan Berger – Guitar and Avishai (Avsha) Back – Bass. N8n landed in the afternoon so we went straight to the venue to meet the band and do soundcheck. A few hours later the boys rocked the place! The venue was packed with lots of beautiful people, Belgians, Internationals and Israelis.
N8n started with some alternative versions of his own songs from the first record in order to warm up the crowd. Then the cover songs came in, the audience stood up to twist and shout. Later on I was invited on stage to do one of my personal favorite songs of all times: ‘Sympathy’ by Rare Bird. That doesn’t happen very often. I mostly stand on the side and admire the men of my family doing it on stage. I love their music but if I play and/or sing it’s mostly another type of songs. Sad songs. So this time we combined best of both worlds and after a lovely introduction I managed to reach the stage and play my song, accompanied by N8n. And then it was time to bring on the patron of the family, the well known Boogie Boy. He took over the mic, the piano and the audience for some classic Ray Charles and B.B. King tunes. And that would be a typical Ambach family music night, only shared with an amazing crowd.
Thanks to all the lovely people who came out and joined the good vibes.
video credit Sharon Erde
I moved to Tel Aviv in 2007 and I guess one of the main purposes of this blog is to tell you why I’m still here. For sure back then, I didn’t really know what to expect, as always when you dive into the scary unknown. I came in January 2007 to “check it out”. I had an apartment to arrange and told myself I’d stay if I’d find work in my industry: the music industry. Certainly not a country with a big international live music scene then. So in my first year I worked as a music supervisor for tv, films and commercials with a genius music man called Koby Ben Atar. Then, in 2008, Paul McCartney announced he would perform in Tel Aviv and it was obvious I’d find my way to be part of that. The show drew 57,000 fans to the Hayarkon Park and was the beginning of a new wave of big concerts. In 2009 Leonard Cohen announced his concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium and of course I joined forces there too. It was an unforgettable evening for the artist, the crew and 47,000 people in the audience (but wait, my history with him is not over). And this is how it keeps going: I work as a freelance local promoter/production under Live on Mars. Doing shows like: Rihanna, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, the Pet Shop Boys, Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Justin Bieber, Metallica, Rod Stewart….
As these are outdoor shows and mostly happen in the summertime, in winter there are other things to do. Going on tour for example. In 2010 I had the honor to be asked by Leonard Cohen to be part of his crew and join a 5 month world tour.
You can watch the archive and photos here: http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/archive
So, my business is called “Live on Mars”. Why? Because as most of you know, they call me Mars since I’m a kid. For my creative world I use “Life on Mars”, but more about that later. What do I do? Many things; between organizing shows, events and production work. It mostly involves international visits where my side activity is to show these people around; through culture, food, hospitality and entertainment I have the chance to share with them this amazing city. Of course I say this because most of them arrive with a lot of prejudice. Besides the usual security questions they sometimes even ask me if we ride camels, if we have internet and stuff. So it’s an honor for me to be their first impression and to make it a positive impression. I feel safe in this city. Safer than anywhere else in the world. And so does every guest I’ve ever had, both for professional and private visits. All these visitors give me a great opportunity to view, review, discover and rediscover life in Tel Aviv. Stay tuned for more…
A country has its own musical styles, trends and roots. You would think Israel (also known as “Ingathering of the Exiles”) would offer a lot of interesting world music export products as it is a melting pot of cultural diversity – from Ashkenazi Eastern European Jews till Sephardim or Mizrahim from the Maghreb and surroundings. One of the secrets of making successful music is digging deep in your own and your surrounding roots. As much as Israel is a musical country, with a lot of talent and plenty of musicians; unfortunately, too many local artists these days are busy sounding ‘like’ others instead of creating original and authentic music. Only very few Israeli artists have had international careers – no, the Eurovision contest doesn’t count. One brilliant man called Idan Raichel (12/09/1977) has successfully combined all his influences, his talents and his fascinations into something unique and managed to break down all musical boundaries with his musical project: “The Idan Raichel Project”.
I’ve known Idan since 1998 right after his military service in the army’s rock band. He was then active as a counselor at Hadassim (a boarding school for immigrants, mainly from Ethiopia) and a successful keyboardist with Israeli popular singers. In 2002, from his home studio in the basement of his parents house in Kfar Saba near Tel Aviv, his experiments fusing Israeli pop music with Middle Eastern, African, Indian and other global sounds resulted in what would become the biggest-selling record project in Israeli history and propel Idan to a role as a major figure in the international global music scene. The songs are sung by guest singers and by Idan himself. This project has changed the face of Israeli popular music through a message of love & tolerance and original sounds coupled with sophisticated production techniques.
In 2006, after many number-one hits and a spectacular live show throughout the country, the project got signed to a world music label and embarked on an international adventure. Firstly known in circles of Jewish, Ehtiopian and Israeli communities, the Idan Raichel Project now regularly sells out concerts in large performance venues. Wherever they perform, the Idan Raichel Project unifies the audience into a celebration of what is unique about the cultures of the world, as well as that in which we are all alike.
“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridget the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (London, UK)
Idan Raichel will be performing an acoustic set at the Centre Culturel d’Uccle on February 16th at 20h30.
Videos: http://youtu.be/kmW2yAYhMmM (“Mim’amakim” meaning “From the depths)
Videos: http://youtu.be/CtpCGfRRToo(“Im telech” meaning “If you go”)