at CELLspace Presents
>>246(i) World Remix Performance Series<<
featuring, from Israel, Yair
with theatrical performances:
Judy Cohen performing her one-woman excerpt, "Seeds "
also, an excerpt from Yuri
Lane's "Soundtrack City"
Sep (Dub Mission/Pakruti)
resident DJs Pod(s) and HappyFt. and special guests
Thursday, September 6, 2001
2050 Bryant St. @ 18th St.
San Francisco, CA
Prices, Contact Info, etc.
Tickets: $15 - $50 sliding scale
(special reserved tables available)
to get on reservation list, or for info, reach us via
or call 415.430.1269 ext.2126
work trade available
Middle Eastern appetizers will be sold at the Remix Café (proceeds
will be donated to A Jewish Voice for Peace and Rabbis for Human Rights)
246(i) World Remix: third event in a continuing series
A new concert and performance series emphasizing cross-cultural collaborations
and active social context. Step beyond the new world borders!
"For Yair cultural fusion based on esteem and mutual respect is essential
for communication between peoples. Art and culture, as a means of communication,
can serve as powerful bridge builder [and can] abolish ideological barriers
"Like the mountain, 'Shacharut' is free in spirit, delicate, poetic
and rhythmic, combining varied and distant periods and cultures, both
Jewish and Arab." *
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This is a critical moment in history for re-instituting the language(s)
of art and music as a primary mode of human interaction from neighborhood
to global relations. We are building alliances and setting the stage for
new forms of collaborative community to replenish sustainable and autonomous
livelihoods. If you would like to participate in upcoming events or get
involved in developing the SoundLab, we would love to hear from you !
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the artists
Yair Dalal, as a soloist and with his ensemble, is a leading figure in
the Israeli music scene and within contemporary world music. Born in Israel,
1955 to parents who emigrated from Iraq, Yair Dalal was in his childhood
surrounded by the sounds of traditional oriental Jewish and Arabic music
and has also classical European violin training. Hence, his musical skills
vary from classical European music to jazz, rock, blues and Arabic folk
and classical music. His background as one of the latest representatives
of Arab Jewish music from Iraq, has allowed him to develop this rare mix
of traditional and modern, Jewish and Arabic, Oriental and Western. His
great talent is exemplified in his rare mixture combining these often-conflicting
trends. In the music of Dalal and AL OL these often-dissonant musical
styles resonate peacefully and celebrate the ethnic traditions in which
they are rooted.
Yair Dalal as
a scholar, teaching in academic institutions, and performer is committed
to the continuation of the Judeo-Arabic tradition which developed throughout
thousands of years in Moslem countries (the Iraqi maqam and the Andalousian
Nubah). This tradition was unfortunately stopped by force due to the political
situation. His musical and social activities have led to several projects
such as "Shalom-Salaam" 1994 and at the Nobel Peace prize gala
concert, both in Norway,The Azazme project, The Mediterranean Musical
conference, the establishing of the Middle East Session and several collaborations
between musicians; in particular between Jews and Arabs. Yair Dalal is
also a strong advocate for peace in Israel and devotes his talent to abolishing
the ideological barriers between people and in particular between Jews
Judy Cohen is an Interdisciplinary artist that grew up in Israel. After
attending The High School for the Performing Arts in Jerusalem, she studied
Painting at the University of Wisconsin and Performance art at Nottingham
Trent University in England. She has produced site specific shows ("The
Bus Project" 1998) and performed many interdisciplinary pieces combining
live music with painting, dancing and theater. She currently works at
RCH Inc. (1998-Present) where she codirects a theater company for people
directed by Deborah Ben-Eliezer (member of CELLspace SoundLab), is a piece
about growing up in Israel bi-culturally, both as an American and Israeli.
It focuses on memories of high school, and the growing pains of straddling
the line between being a tough Israeli and an optimistic American.
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Jewish Voice for Peace and Rabbis
for Human Rights
A Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a San Francisco Bay Area grassroots
organization dedicated to the human,civil and economic rights of Jews,
Palestinians and all the peoples in the Middle East. We believe that the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict will be resolved only when Israel removes
its Jewish settlements and other occupation installations in the Palestinian
territories, grants freedom and the right to self-representation for Palestinian
Arabs,and addresses the legitimate claims of Palestinian refugees.
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) brings human rights violations to the attention
of the Israeli public and pressures the appropriate authorities for redress.
As a last resort, we even practice nonviolent civil disobedience. RHR
educates about Judaism and Human rights and advocates for the human rights
of Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, Palestinians, and foreign workers. RHR
fights for economic justice for all Israelis, protects Muslim and Christian
holy sites, and defends Bedouin rights. RHR includes Reform, Orthodox,
Conservative, Renewal and Reconstructionist rabbis and rabbinical students.
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About (246I) World Remix producers The Soundlab at CELLspace
Since it's inception last year, the Soundlab has committed all its energies
into making people more aware of sound within their environment and how
it can be used to communicate, transform, and educate. We envision instituting
the language(s) of art and music as a primary mode of human interaction,
and aim to do this through education, creation, production, and archiving.
Producing 246(I) World Remix is also a means to raise funds to further
our projects, goals, and dreams.
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CELLspace, a 10,000 square foot nonprofit community arts center, provides
a safe and supportive public environment for the exploration of art, education,
performance and community building. Through cooperative relationships
and multidisciplinary programs, we encourage the celebration of intergenerational
and cross-cultural collaborations.
We value: Playfulness, Sustainability, Art, Collectivism, Community, Respect,
Education & Diversity
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About Yair Dalal's Najema Productions
Najema Music & TV is a production company, and cultural organization
dedicated to furthering cooperation among artists all over the world.
Our concern for the fragile peace process in the Middle East has involved
in several peace projects within several art forms; music, films, photography
and dance. Our main occupation is organizing musical concerts, projects,
lectures and workshops through the vision of Yair Dalal who uses art and
creativity as a mean of finding common ground between people of different
cultural, religious and political backgrounds. Najema also organizes concerts
for congresses and official events.
For peace to grow and prosper, people must get to know and learn to trust
one another. We believe that art and culture, as means of communication,
can serve as powerful bridge builder between people.
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footnotes and affinities:
"New World Border" is high-wired activist art by Guillermo Gómez-Peña
which renders a sudden global intuition and a painful awareness of the
anti-cultural forces around us. Poetic documents sending shockwaves like
a Brechtian jackhammer to ensure creative reactions from every reader.
Published by City Lights.
All quoted text is taken from Yair Dalal's personal web sites and promotional