RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL- The Idan Raichel Project is the most popular group in Israel. One interesting aspect of this is the close collaboration between Idan and Jews of Ethiopian descent in Israel. Also, Idan is one of four singers in the project and all performers are showcased. Following his great success with his eponymous debut CD, his second CD "Out of the Depths (Mi Ma Amakim)" rocketed to the top of the Israeli charts. His second CD also featured two songs written by Idan and performed by the first lady of Israeli song Shoshana Damari. The concert featured songs from both CD's and both the individual muscianship and great rapport between all muscians was evident. The below picture shows Idan on keyboards at the left with his "project".
CAESARIA, ISRAEL- Two of the biggest stars over the last 30 years in Israel are Shlomo Artzi and Shalom Hanoch. Artzi was a moderately successful pop star in the early 1970's. In the late 1970's with his "A Man Get's Lost" (Gever Holech L'ibud) album he became a major solo star and has never looked back. Shalom Hanoch started out with the great Israeli star Arik Einstein in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Einstein called him the 5th Beatle due to Hanoch's wonderfully creative songwriting. Hanoch became a solo star in the late 1970's and has also written some of the most enduring songs in the last 30 years, many performed by other solo stars. The two of them for the first time ever teamed up in the summer of 2005 to play a few concerts in the Ampitheatre in the ancient city of Caesaria, on the coast of the Mediterranean sea in northern Israel. One highlight of the magnificent 3 hour show was Hanoch's moving version of Artzi's song "Suddenly, when you didn't come" (Pitom C'she lo baat). Artzi stated that it was the best performance ever of the song. Then, turning the tables on him, Artzi did a swinging and melodic version of Hanoch's song "Any Way" (Cacha v'Cacha). The two demonstrated their great talents, and their great respect and affection for one another. Below is our ticket to the show. [Concert Playlist]