Shaped by his origins as a Yemeni Jew, the fascinating voice of Ravid Kahalani brilliantly evokes the musical universe of his ancestors. Stretching like a slow caravan crossing the desert, it winds through West African blues and the thousand and one vibrations of the Sahara, Nubia, Gnawi, Touaregs, Saidi and Bambara. This luscious mix of jazz tonalities, which also crosses into funk, rings out as an ode to African grooves and a modern echo of the ancestral rhythms. Ravid Kahalani creates a canvas printed both with deep emotions when his rasping laments tear open the heavens, but also with popular jubilation when the percussions, the oud, the cello, and the brass instruments interweave in a harmonious dance that is complex and resolutely modern. A joyful oasis in the middle of the desert.
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival 2016 | Featuring Israeli-born and Chicago-based musicians, the 4th Annual Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival promises to be the most high energy and impactful festival to date. Spanning over one week, this year’s Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival will feature Israeli and Chicago based musicians collaborating across a multitude of genres. This year, the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest tapped into Israeli talent living in Chicago as well as what has been the festival’s mainstay of bringing world-renowned artists directly from Israel.
5/26 – Lazer Lloyd @ Buddy Guy’s Legends
5/28 – Marbin @ Andy’s Jazz Club
5/29 – Lazer Lloyd @ Fitzgerald’s Blues Bar
5/30 – Uri Gurvich @ Andy’s Jazz Club
5/31 – Guy King @ Chicago Cultural Center and Andy’s Jazz Club
6/1 – Tal Gamlieli Trio @ Evanston S.P.A.C.E
6/2 – Yemen Blues @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Lazer Lloyd, King of Israeli Blues, will show how the influence of Chicago blues has contributed to his musical identity. His performance is sure to be transforming. Guy King will move your soul with his culmination of Blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Marbin’s fusion of rock and jazz; Uri Gurvich’s smokin’ sweet sound on the saxophone; Yemen Blues w/Ravid Kahalani’s luscious mix of jazz tonalities, which also crosses into funk, rings out as an ode to African grooves and a modern echo of the ancestral rhythms ; and Tal Gamlieli’s steamin’ style are expected to please all musical lovers.