Rejuvenating Heritage Reviews


Dana Berger-TEL AVIV PORT , ISRAEL- August 13, 2008

Dana Berger burst onto the Israeli music scene as part of the group Belagan in the early 1990's. She really hit her stride as a solo artist and her album Ad Ha Katze (Until the Edge) was voted album of the year 2000 by several Israeli music publications. She is somewhat of an Israeli Joni Mitchell, both in her musical stylings and in her song themes. Her songs often speak of love and the difficulties in relationships and breakups.

Ms. Berger sang 8 songs from the 2000 album in a very intimate 1 hour set. These songs included the title tune and her smash "Ani Lomedet La'uf" (I'm learning to fly). Her music was often upbeat, but was often balanced with poignant ballads. She frequently chatted with the audience about her relationships, and ours at one point asking "who's single?" and "whose married?" and marveling how the two responses didn't add up. Approximately 300 enthusiastic people filled the available seats, while dozens of others crowded around the stage to see some of the show.

Her appearance was a free concert given at the rejuvenated Tel Aviv Port where dozens of restaurants and clubs are arrayed with a full view of the Mediterranean. Many enjoyed a meal and a stroll on the boardwalk before the show. This free concert was part of the "Music by the Sea" series. Several performers appeared during the summer in this fantastic Tel Aviv cultural event including Efrat Gosh, Chemi Rudner, and Eran Tsur.

Dana Berger's album cover for her Ad Ha Katze (Until the Edge) CD