Yair Dalal and the Al Ol Ensemble.
Master Oud and violin player Yair Dalal seems
a nice guy. An Israeli musician who promotes peace and integration through
his multi racial Israeli Palestinian ensemble . His
music touches on many bases, but at times reminds me of the late lamented
Shankar . The band were given a short interlude on
the ABC TV special and a 20 minute slot on the radio broadcast .Hopefully
their full show will surface later on in the year.
This music is well worth searching
out , its meditative and entrancing and has an addictive quality that
will grow with repeated listenings. I loved their Saturday performance,
perfect music to listen to on sunny summer afternoons.
Music that is uplifting, at once familiar and exotic , Dalal
is an advocate for peace in Israel and in particular for abolishing ideological
barriers between people. This he does through music. His ensemble Al
Ol plays a mixture of arab and jewish , traditional and modern,
oriental and western music on oud , sitar, guitar, violin and clarinet
and various percussion instruments. Not that he's the first Israeli to
pay arab jewish music from iraq, or to fuse disparate musical forms and
bring together Arabs and jews, What is rare about Dalal is that he collaborates
with Palestinian Arabs who are not Israeli
citizens . This sometimes leads to logistical problems - but crossing
borders and checkpoints hasnít diminished the groups dedication to what
they do . And musical boundaries likewise are crossed with enthusiasm.
A classically trained violinist, who has worked with great musicians
like Maestro Zubin Mehta and Jordi Savall, Dalal also plays the oud ands
composes , as well, as having a talent for blues and jazz. The desert
provides him with an endless sourced of inspiration and the desert wind,
which gave the name to his group AL Ol. can indeed be heard in his music.
eyal faran guitar -sitar.
eyal salal- clarinett flute.
nurit ofer- percussion -vocla
eylon nuphar - persussion - frmae drums goblet drums
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