Jaffa Road with Yair Dalal
Sunday, April 25 | Doors 1:30 PM | Show 2 PM
Hugh's Room | 2261 Dundas St. W.
Tickets | $12 in advance | $15 at door
Doors / lunch at 1 pm, for lunch reservations &/or tickets, call Hugh’s Room, 416 531-6604
An exciting new series featuring dynamic collaborations between eclectic world music stars and Jaffa Road.
With electrifying onstage chemistry, Jaffa Road combines original and ancient poetry sung in Hebrew, Spanish and English with pulsating dub grooves, belly dance rhythms, ambient electronic textures, and exhilarating improvisations.
Jaffa Road is joined by one of the most prolific Israeli musicians, Yair Dalal, who plays an important role in shaping the global world music scene. Dalal’s Iraqi roots are embedded in his music. He creates new Middle Eastern sounds by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. The evocative compositions comprise a unique and colourful sound.
"If Toronto had to pick one group to reflect the world music scene in that city… Jaffa Road would definitely be in the running as musical ambassadors." ~ Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio 2
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jaffa Road is an acclaimed Toronto-based world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and virtuosic interpreters of inter-cultural music. The group is nominated for the 2010 Juno award for world music album of the year. Jaffa Road has created a unique sonic landscape that draws easily and organically from the worlds of sacred and secular Jewish songs, Classical Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, rock, pop, and dub. In doing so, the group creates a union between acoustic and electronic, secular and sacred, ancient and modern. Collectively the band members are well known and sought after players nationally and internationally. They have performed and recorded with many highly regarded influential musicians in the Canadian and International pop, rock, jazz, and world music scenes.
Jaffa Road is comprised of founder and multi-instrumentalist/music therapist Aaron Lightstone (guitar, oud, saz, synthesizer), the ethereal vocals of multilingual lead singer Aviva Chernick (Levon Ichakhanian, Ernie Tollar, Tania Gill, Andrew Downing, Mitch Smolkin and Klezmer Buenos Aires), the visionary grooves of bassist Chris Gartner (Chantal Kreviazuk, members of both The Band and Barenaked Ladies, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Tasa), the entrancing sounds of saxophonist/flutist Sundar Viswanathan (Wynton Marsalis, Al Martino, the Grammy-nominated Charles Tolliver Big Band, Bobby Vinton, Kiran Ahluwalia, Tasa) and the driving beat of percussionist Jeff Wilson (Maza Mezé, David Buchbinder, and multiple award winning Sultans of String).
For more information on Jaffa Road: www.jaffaroad.com
Yair Dalal is a composer, violinist, oud player and singer. Much of Dalal’s work reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical and Arabic music and also reflects a strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants. Dalal has performed around the world both in solo concerts and with his Alol ensemble. He has collaborated with top international musicians from different disciplines, including celebrated western classical conductor and Maestro Zubin Mehta, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kamerata Jerusalem Orchestra, and many more. Dalal participates and lectures in various music educational institute in Israel and worldwide and is also the initiator of Mediterranean Musical Dialogue in Israel. Apart from creating music, Dalal devotes his time to preserving musical heritages from becoming extinct – the Babylonian musical heritage and the music of the Bedouin (the Sinai desert nomads).
Dalal is also a peace activist, devoting much of his time and energy to helping to remove ideological barriers between different cultures and, in particular between Jews and Arabs.
For more information on Yair Dalal: www.yairdalal.com
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Click here to see photos from the last Musical Melding: Jaffa Road + Eccodek.
|Location:||Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W.
|Fees:||$12 in advance | $15 at door