From the Orient to the Blues:
Ancient & Modern, East & West, World Music, Jazz & Blues, all these combine in this dynamic ethno-jazz recording featuring the exotic sounds of the ancient oud and the ultra modern EWI – Electronic Wind Instrument
Carried on hot desert winds from ancient Mesopotamia across to today's hottest urban jazz and blues clubs,
From the Orient to the Blues blends the ageless sounds of the oud with
the drive of the EWI – electronic wind instrument.
In the hands of four celebrated virtuoso musicians,
the result is truly exhilarating – bringing together the soul of the West and the mystic spirit of the East.
Yair Dalal: oud, violin Erez Mounk: percussion, tabla
Eli Benacot: EWI, saxophone Tzur Ben Ze’ev: double bass
Concert duration: 70 min (with a tour manager)
THE PERFUME ROAD
with the Al Ol Ensemble
Original composition by Yair Dalal
The Perfume Road is a musical odyssey that follows the ancient caravan route from India to the Mediterranean Sea. The people, their sounds and offers, enriched with the heavy scent of the perfumes carried through the desert. The trail stretches about 2000 kilometres from Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia through the deserts between cliffs of granite and sandstone to the city of Petra hewn into the rock face, the capital of the ancient Nabateans. Through the Negev to Moa, Mamshit and Ovda, the route bears the precious cargo to the port city of Gaza and from there by sea to Europe.
The intertwining rhythms and musical textures lure the listener into a fantasy world of camels and their herdsmen.
Yair Dalal creates music inspired by the desert, its inhabitants and its majestic landscapes, and shifting from quiet, heavy and gentle melodies to dramatic rhythms.
The perfume routes that in the past linked peoples and cultures once again link people of different nations, religions and cultures. But the experience is not yet complete. Peace does not reign in the Middle East and a complete journey along the Perfume Route from the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean coast remains an utopian dream. However, the Perfume Road can be transformed into a peace road, a route of brotherhood between the peoples living in the region because PEACE is the most precious merchandise of all.
6 artists on stage:
Sacred music from old Baghdad
Yair Dalal is one of a handful of artists who preserve and sustain the Babylonian musical heritage. The south of Mesopotamia, today’s Iraq and the region is the cradle
of humankind’s earliest civilizations as well as the birthplace of Abraham,
the prophet of monotheistic religions. The Jews had found a home there during their exile from the land Israel for more than 2500 years. Their presence in Babylon dates back from 720 BC, until 1950 when the Iraqi government allowed the Jewish people to legally immigrate to Israel.
The concert is inspired by the Jewish musical tradition of the Babylonian heritage in which he was raised, the music of Baghdad and the atmosphere of the desert.
The repertoire includes Iraqi-Jewish sacred music and chants from Baghdad and Jerusalem, Jewish Arabic songs from Iraq, some in Aramaic, as well as instrumental pieces of the Jewish musical tradition of Baghdad.
6 musicians on stage:
Yair Dalal: violin, oud, vocal
Elad Reuven Gabbay: qanûn, vocal
David Menahem: flute, vocal
Elad Harel: oud, vocal
Avi Agababa: percussion
Erez Mounk: percussion
A very special performance with Jewish and Arab musicians.
This concert is dedicated to the folk music of the Middle East; songs that date back dozens of generations. These are the songs with which all the people of the region were raised: Arabs, Jews, Christians and Moslems – people of all nationalities and tribes who share the same musical culture.
7 artists on stage :
Yair Dalal (violin, oud, vocal) with qanûn, nay, oud players two percussionists and a male or female lead singer.
ONE NIGHT IN THE DESERT
TRIO or QUARTET
The concert is inspired by the atmosphere of the desert and the Jewish musical tradition of the Babylonian heritage in which Yair was raised. The repertoire includes pieces from the albums ASMAR and SHACHARUT which was recorded Live in the Negev desert
The sound of the desert has its own individual character, weight, space, shade, power, emotion and beauty, particularly when love of the desert, its landscapes and people is the driving force behind music. This concert combines varied and distant periods and cultures, both Jewish and Arab.
3 trio options:
· Yair Dalal (oud, violin, vocal),with sitar and percussion/tabla players
· Yair Dalal and two percussionists
· Yair, a lead singer and a percussionist
Concert duration: 80 min
3 quartet options:
· Yair Dalal (oud, violin, vocal), with two percussion/tabla players and a lead singer
· Yair Dalal with a percussionist, a sitar player and a lead singer
· Yair Dalal with a percussionist, a flute player and a lead singer
Concert duration: 80 min
Optional Oriental contemporary dance by Kimberley Michelle
EARLY MUSIC FROM CANAAN
SOLO or DUO CLASSICAL CONCERT
The land of Canaan in the Bible, refers to the part of the Middle East that stretches between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. It was designated to Abraham by God as a Promised Land for his descendants. This land became the sacred land for many people and religions and for thousands of years, music was composed and played in Canaan. Many of those compositions and songs spread all over the world and became well-known, beloved anthems, especially in the Jewish world.These include: Tehilim (Psalms), Shir Hashirim (the Song of Songs), the Kabala and many others, both sacred and secular. Many were forgotten, but some can still be alive, by using their modes and musical motives.
This concert brings a wonderful taste of this early music, played by an ancient instrument – the oud.
Yair Dalal : oud, violin, vocal and stories, with a percussionist (optional)
Concert duration : 40 to 70 min
HEART AND PEACE
SOLO or DUO CONCERT
An intimist concert with the most beautiful compositions, instrumental pieces and songs of Yair’s repertoire.
Yair Dalal, oud, violin and vocal, with a percussionist (optional).
Concert duration : 40 to 80 min
Yair Dalal and the Bedouins from the Tarab Ensemble
A magical concert in honor of the noble Bedouin (nomads) tradition from the Azazme tribe, as well as an unique artistic collaboration between Jews and Arabs.
The friendship between Yair and the Azame tribe dates back from the 70’s when Yair was travelling the Sinai and Negev deserts with his camel and violin. It was then that his strong bond with Bedouins and their culture was founded
The concert includes the repertoire from the CD "AZAZME" (which was recorded live under the Bedouins’ tent) with additional pieces by Yair Dalal, his two percussionists and the Bedouin musicians from the Tarab ensemble. The concert is performed with unique traditional instruments such as the nei (flute), the jurun (coffee grinder used as percussion), the rababa and the sinsimyya, joined by the oud, the violin and percussion.
A captivating experience recalling the sounds of a quickly disappearing nomadic culture.
6 musicians on stage
Yair Dalal (oud, violin, vocal) & his 2 percussionists: Erez Mounk & Avi Agababa
with 3 Bedouin musicians from the Tarab Ensemble
Concert duration : 80 min
Almaya – Eternal Light
Sacred Kabbalah Music
Program: music and chanting (Piyutim)
This performance with its lyrics and music connects to the core of the
"On stage emerged a unique atmosphere of loving respect, humbleness and humor.
It was contagious; it seems that this energy flew over the all venue ,a link of love between the musicians and the audience. I looked at the audience and realized that I was not ready for the impact – it looked like they were fascinated by the ear and eye opening experience .I asked my friend sitting next to me : tell me what's going on ?is it possible that the messiah is near by looking for a place to park his donkey?"
Jackie Levy – Yediot Aharonot
“It was so beautiful that it was almost unbearable. Yair Dalal, with his magical mysterious smile, takes you on a captivating journey where conventional concepts of time, space and freedom do not exist.”