Tel Aviv Hosts Indian Music Extravaganza


Shye Ben-Tzur & The Incredible Rajasthan Gypsies Tour Israel With Their

‘RAJASTHAN MAGICAL TOUR’

 ‘Rajasthan Magical Tour’  It’s the name on the lips of music lovers across the nation at the moment. Absolutely everyone is talking about it.  Or at least it seems that way.  No matter where I go in Tel Aviv, I hear people excitedly talking about the upcoming Oct- Nov concerts. On the bus, the train, a cafe, a yoga class, honestly, its like the buzz word in the city right now.

After a hugely successful sell out concert on their last visit to the holyland,  Israels’ music fans are beside themselves with excitement at having the opportunity once again to be mesmerised by this truly enchanting  ensemble of musical talent. 

Shye Ben-Tzur, a talented Israeli composer, producer and musician living in India, creates his music by combining traditional Sufi sounds, Rajasthani beats and Western elements.  The mix of genres, languages and beats totally captivates and entrances all who have the privledge to listen.  ‘It is a thrilling experience to attend one of these performances, its incredibly moving ‘ is one womans explanation of  her last Shye Ben-Tzur concert experience. 

Both local and global music critics enthusiastically agree without doubt, that Shye is one of the most original and exciting cross-cultural artists working today. ‘He leads the exceptional musicians from India and Israel with talent and charm, in performances that leave you spellbound, wanting more’  said one critic.

In Tel Aviv, Shye Ben-Tzur & The Incredible Rajasthan Gypsies are performing at  Zappa  on Saturday, October 30th as part of the Tel Aviv Music Festival.  doors open 9.00pm  concert starts 10pm.  

By popular demand, thankfully, there’s more than one concert in Israel this time. Performances will be held at a number of venues around the nation. And much to the delight of  local musicians,  there’s also an opportunity to attend an intimate hands-on vocal/beat workshop & encounter with Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthani musicians beforeone of  the concerts.   

So do get on and book your tickets pronto, word on the street is, this is one concert you dont want to miss.

You can purchase tickets all their concerts in Israel through Mister Ticket  or by calling the venues direct.  Concert venues, dates and ticket booking information are listed below.

Tour Dates, Locations  & Booking Information

Saturday Oct 30th 

 Zappa   Tel Aviv   (standing concert)
Doors Open 21:00   Concert begins 22:00

99NIS in advance, 119NIS at entrance
03-7626666
www.zappa-club.co.il

Thursday Nov 4th 

Pitriya  Kibbutz Dan  (standing concert)
Doors open 22:00   Concert Begins 23:00

65NIS in advance (student), 70NIS in advance, 80NIS at entrance

050-7305398
www.pitriya.co.il

Saturday Nov 6th   

Berale    Lehavot Haviva Kibbutz  (standing concert)
Doors open 20:00   Concert Begins 22:00  

89NIS in advance, 109NIS at entrance

04-6369993
www.beraleberale.co.il

Tuesday Nov 9th   

Baroque  Be’er Sheva  (standing concert)
Doors Open 21:00   Concert begins 22:00

59NIS in advance (first 100tks), 69NIS in advance, 89NIS at entrance

08-6281548
www.baroque7.com

Friday Nov 12th     

 Hemdat Yamim – near Moshav Sheffer on the way to Zefat

(intimate acoustic concert at sundown in one of  most beautiful places in Israel)

Doors open 16:00   Concert Begins 17:00  
Hemdat Yamim 80NIS in advance (70NIS for students/soldiers), 90NIS at entrance

*Vocal/beat workshop & encounter with Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthani musicians – unique opportunity for an intimate hands-on workshop before the concert     Meeting @ 13:00  Start 14:00

Workshop for concert ticket-holders 40NIS
Workshop alone 80NIS
04-6989423
www.hemdatyamim.com

Tickets for all concerts may also be purchased  at MisterTicket

For more Information or bookings also call  052-7782712

Trance Music Lovers.. the global tribe is gathering


Soulclipse Festival 16th – 24th July

Total Solar Eclipse Japan 2009

The longest eclipse in the 21st century will be occuring in July 2009 in India, China and Japan and as usual the global trance tribe is gathering on mass to celebrate the occasion.

For those who missed the magnificently psycadelic Turkey festival in 06, be sure to get your pennies together for this one.  Located on the beautiful Japanese island of  Amami   2009’s festival vision is tipped to be something amazing.

International Trance, House, Techno and chillout DJ’s will be on the decks taking you on a ‘never to be forgotten’ trip, an adventure that may just change your perspective on life forever..

‘The natural phenomenon of a bright noon sky turning  to a dark night,  full of stars is an absolutely mind blowing  experience!! ‘

Tickets go on sale 22nd December 2008.

Amami Island - nature paradise

Festival Location - Amami Island

Amami Island forests

Amami Island forests - nature paradise

 Solar Eclipse website

If there’s only one festival you go to in 2009, make it japan’s solar eclipse  

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Tel Aviv Street Party – Celebrating Simcha Torah 2008


A large crowd singing, clapping and celebrating in the street below, broke the silence in our usually quiet tel aviv city centre neighbourhood.  As the procession was heading out onto Ben Gurion Boulevard towards Ben Yehuda Street we didnt get much of a look, but the happy festive atmosphere had certainly intrigued us.

Grabbing a jacket and my camera we hit the streets to join the party. Walking onto Ben Gurion we were astounded. There in the middle of the intersection was the Alnon Street Synagogue celebrating Simcha Torah 2008 in traditional style and the residents of Tel Aviv were loving it.

The music was pumping and the crowd, growing larger by the second was a sea of smiles, dancing singing and celebrating.  Young couples, families, soldiers, pensioners, tourists, people walking their dogs, folks on bikes, carers pushing oldies in wheelchairs,  you know…  a true tel aviv melting pot, all sharing in the celebrations.

From Ben Gurion Boulevard down to Rabin Square the party atmosphere continued and the crowd now enormous, delighted in dancing and singng in the middle of dizengoff and Ben Gurion Streets. The police were fabulous and patiently controlled the traffic while celebrations blocked the streets.  Oh Tel Aviv, you have a coat of so many different colours.. you are amazing !!!

The city where secular and religion exist in harmony

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Jerusalem – A perfect time to visit the old city


Jerusalem Night Spectacular Show

Jerusalem Night Spectacular Show

As an addict of Tel Aviv, getting me out of the city is usually no easy feat. There is so much going on in ‘the city that never sleeps’ that I see very little need to go further than my number 4 bus in search of adventure.

Last night however, I ventured up to Jerusalem for the evening.  Its easy to get there, the bus is less than an hour and I have to admit I had a truly wonderful time.  In fact I have quitely made this my new years resolution .. to spread my wings just that little bit further in the holyland in the year ahead.  

Our visit to the old city in Jerusalem was to watch a show being presented at the Tower Of David  called ‘The Night Spectacular’. Seeing the tower Of David lit up at night is a magnificent sight in itself, but the light show just took our breath away, it was absolutely brilliant!!

Based on the history of Jerusalem, the story is very simple with no scholarly aspect to it, but the visual display offered is breathtakingly beautiful. The talents involved in creating this spectacular show  deserves nothing less than 10 out of 10. 

Tower Of David Light Show

Tower Of David Light Show

And with Yom Kipur, the most important day in the jewish calendar just around the corner, there is no better time to take a visit to Jerusalem. The old city  is alive and bustling with both local and international folk coming to the Koitel( western wall) to pray. The atmosphere is quite divine and a real sense of humbleness fills the air.  It was a great pleasure to walk the cobbled streets of the old city, visit the markets and   absorb the unique and special atmosphere.   

Many Cafes and Restaraunts are promoting fabulous deals for evening meals.We ate at Black,  a popular hamburger restaurant with a deal of a 220gm burger and fries for 35 nis. Taxis are plentiful so getting back to the bus station for the ride home is easy.

The Night spectacular show runs until the 19th October. Tickets are 50 nis and can be ordered either by phoning 02 6265333 (english speaking)  or online at  http://towerofdavid.org.il/eng/upload/events/new.html

A highly reccommended evening out and great way to experience Jerusalem.

Gmar hatima tova

unitl next time

loving tel aviv

Moksha Project – Israel September Sunset to Sunset Outdoor Dance Festival


After the great success of last years event, Israel‘s Moksha Project will again create their ‘SUNSET TO SUNSET’ outdoor dance festival.

Held over the Rosh Hashana holiday (30/9 – 1/10) and atracting a colourful international crowd, this fabulous Israel Summer Dance Festival is one not to be missed. Known for their great party locations in some of israels most beautiful nature spots, mosksha Sunset to sunset is a wonderful way to celebrate the Jewish new year.

The line up is fantastic and with the usual sweet crowd that Mosksha events seem to attract, it should be another great festival and  the perfect way to close yet another wild and wonderful Israel Summer Season.

On the deck’s from overseas are:

Shpongle (simon posford twisted records, coast to coast Ent UK)

Simply amazing !!!

Union Jack LIVE + DJ Set (platipus records UK)

promising to have you peaking with a special ‘trip down memory lane’
HALLUCINOGEN LIVE (simon posford, twisted records, coast to coast ent UK)

The master of magic…Mr Simon Posford

Andromeda live (Dream vision media, SWEDEN)

Taking you where the smiles dont stop

Chromosome  (dream vision Media, sweden)

Andre (Andromeda) will Perform with all his band plus two additional players for the first time in Israel, definately be on the floor for this one!

Plus the supremely talented Israeli stars: 

Amotz (Peak rec.)  Punkass (Moksha family)  Zombi (Blue tunes)  Huda g (Vertikal rec.)  Triac live (Boshke beats rec.)  Ace ventura LIVE (Iboga rec.)  PTX (Noya rec.) launching new album ‘Colour for your ears’
Quantize LIVE  (Iboga rec.)  Gula-k (Moksha family) One of my favourites!!!   Voice (Moksha family) Loud (Drive rec.)

Presale start Sunday 17/8 @ 170 NIS ticket.  There is limited presale priced tkts so get in quick!! Presale ticket’s are available all over the country. Contact Moksha Project via their myspace page at www.myspace.com/mokshaproject  to get the details on the selling points near you. 

Regular 230 NIS priced tickets will go on sale after presale has sold out.

For more details on Israel, how to get here, what to do while you are here plus the full run down on Tel Aviv the city that never sleeps visit www.aguide2israel.com