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An Evening of Iraqi Music, with Yair Dalal, Omar Bashir & Erez Mounk


Saturday, May 1st, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
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Tickets: $20 with RSVP, $25 at the Door.
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Yair Dalal, born in 1955; is a composer, violinist, oud player and singer; he is probably the most prolific Israeli ethnic musician and plays an important role in shaping the global world music scene. Over the last decade he has put 11 albums, covering wide and varied cultural territory, and authentically representing Israel’s cultures and fusing them through music as whole. Much of Dalal’s work reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical and Arabic music. Dalal’s family came to Israel from Baghdad and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Apart from creating music, Yair Dalal is one of the very few preservers of the Jewish Iraqi music .He studied the Jewish Iraqi traditional music from the great Jewish Iraqi masters: Salim El Nur,Yaakov Shem Tov and Salach El Kuwaiti And devotes his time to preserve the legacy of Babylonian musical heritage from becoming extinct.

Omar Bashir was born to be a musician. The son of late influential oud player Munir Bashir (1930-1997), Bashir has continued to explore the mode-based, raga-like Arabic Taqsim that his father helped to bring to the international stage. Taught to play the oud at the age of five by his father, Bashir studied music and ballet in Baghdad two years later. Graduating from the Academy of Music and Ballet, he went on to study art at the Conservatory of Baghdad. Since returning to Hungary, Bashir has taught choir singing and music theory for the music department at Baghdad's University of Sciences.

Master Percussionist Erez Mounk plays Middle Eastern percussion such as the darbuka, rikk, and various frame drums. Erez studies the amazing and mysterious Indian tabla under the guidance of Dr. Pt. Ram Naharayan Bhanavhat in India. Erez performs and records in Israel, Europe, the United States and Japan. With several Israelis and international artists, his unique skill and playing adds a special energy to any performance.
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