Musical bridge builders

Israel’s guest appearance at “Tel Aviv – Berlin” weekend

Video: Avi Avital on the “Tel Aviv – Berlin” weekend and the programme of his concert

Miles of sandy beaches, wild party nights, modern skyscrapers, distinctive Bauhaus architecture: Tel Aviv has much to offer in terms of quality of life and culture. Israel's second largest metropolis will also host the European Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Kirill Petrenko in May. Before that, there will be an encounter with Israel’s creative music scene in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin: at the Tel Aviv – Berlin weekend. Two evenings offer the opportunity to get to know very different musical facets of the country.

Young, avant-garde and creative

The first evening is dedicated to New Music: Ilan Volkov and the Israel Contemporary Players, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to the country’s contemporary music, introduce leading composers of the Israeli avant-garde: in his works, Samir Odeh-Tamimi fuses the styles of the Western European avant-garde with Arab musical practice. The two works by Chaya Czernowin also promise to be an exciting listening experience: Black Flowers for electric guitar and the ensemble piece Ayre: Towed, in which “repeated [...] material seems to be dragged on different surfaces” (Czernowin). Israel’s young generation of composers is also represented in this programme: in his compositions, Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari blurs the boundaries between notation and improvisation, combining music and space to create an impressive sound experience. Avshalom Ariel, Adam Maor, Ohad Fishof and Nico Teen also belong to Israel’s young musical avant-garde and show in their works their joy in musical experimentation.

Classical, jazz and folk

On the second evening Avi Avital, the SHALOSH and the Omer Klein Trio will take their audience into completely different musical worlds: “This concert is different from any other,” promises Avi Avital. For his appearance in the Chamber Music Hall, the Israeli mandolin superstar has brought along his favourite programme Between Worlds, in which he, together with the accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and the percussionist Itamar Doari, has achieved a happy synthesis of classical and folk music. In addition, the innovative trio around the Israeli pianist Omer Klein will present their programme Radio Mediteran: cosmopolitan jazz that makes audible how the different cultures of the Mediterranean region have positively influenced each other. Another stylistic facet is added to the programme by SHALOSH, who present titles from their latest album Onwards and Upwards. Elements of rock, pop and jazz are combined here with moves from electronic music and the timbres of Middle Eastern music. The result: an extremely contemporary, modern jazz piano trio. The trio, founded in Tel Aviv and now enjoying great success in Germany, proves, as do the other artists of the evening, how rewarding it is to build bridges between different cultures.


Chaya Czernowin
(Photo: Astrid Ackermann)
Samir Odeh-Tamimi
(Photo: Astrid Ackermann)


Omer Klein Trio
(Photo: Peter Hönemann)
(Photo: Zohar Ron)
Yaron Deutsch
(Photo: IMD)