The Oud Festival is a rare cultural pearl in our city. This year marks 18 years since its founding, during which we have presented the finest traditional and new music performed by famous masters, alongside the future generation of innovative musicians.
The 18th Festival will emphasize surprising connections between ancient traditions and contemporary music, opening with a special evening with the Georgian ethno-jazz ensemble Egari. In recent years a window has opened to Indian classical music, and continuing this trend we are proud to host a unique premier in Israel by the greatest Sarod player of our generation, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. We see great importance in presenting outstanding, original and well-known Greek performers to Israeli audiences. Thus, the Festival will close with the first joint performance in Israel by three of the great Greek female vocalists: Dimitra Galani, Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Yota Nega.
Beyond these exciting international performances, there will be special Festival productions such as a performance by Chemi Rudner and Avner Gedassi and a program of women’s song, presentations of first albums, and a moving tribute to great Egyptian artists of the past.
I would like to thank the staff at Confederation House for their devoted work and all of the organizations that supported us, the participating musicians and artists, and you, our faithful audience, who attend the festival every year.
I wish you all much enjoyment.