Percussionist Can Kemal presents compositions from both the traditional and modern Turkish repertoire performed in a contemporary group setting. Kemal will be accompanied by a diverse array of musicians from Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and the United States. As a group, these musicians will showcase sounds inspired by the Bosphorus, the body of water between Europe and Asia in the city of Istanbul.
Juan Antonio Garcia Illanas and various combinations within his octet present an afternoon of original compositions ranging from jazz to electronic to Middle Eastern styles. "My music continues to change, because life is changing every second," says this saxophonist. "My music is also multidisciplinary and strongly related with time, a concept that overwhelms and intrigues me."
Chilean piano player, singer, and composer Benjamin Furman presents his latest project, an interesting mixture of his main musical influences: instrumental jazz, klezmer, pop, and Middle Eastern, Latin, and South American traditional music.
Singer, oud player, and composer Ahmad El Haggar presents a night of contemporary Middle Eastern music. The show will feature musicians from various parts of the Middle East and the U.S. performing arrangements of classic Arabic songs as well as some originals.
Hadag Nahash has been topping the Israeli music charts for more than ten years. The band’s unique style of music blends hip-hop, funk, jazz, electro, and rock with a touch of Middle Eastern flavor. On stage, Hadag Nddash engulfs its audience in upbeat rhythm, swinging sounds, and funky lyrics, leaving the listeners entranced and swaying along with the groove. As the refrain from its famous song "Lazuz" goes, "Hadag Nahash invites you to move, move, move."