Shirat Haim—tribute performances dedicated to Rabbi Haim Louk
Rabbi Haim Louk is regarded as the foremost paytan in Israel of recent years and his unique singing has become recognized worldwide and captivated diverse audiences. Rabbi Louk was born in 1942 in Casablanca, Morocco. At age 10 he began to study with Rabbi David Buzaglo, noted as one of the great paytanim of Morocco. Rabbi Louk immigrated to Israel in 1964. In 2011 he was awarded the Minister of Culture’s Prize for his life’s work preserving the musical heritage of Morocco’s Jews, for instructing generations of youth and adults from all sectors of Israeli society, and for promoting tolerance and peace among different faiths through music.
Upon reaching the age of 80, Confederation House will present two performances as a tribute to Rabbi Louk. In these performances Rabbi Louk will recall some of the critical points in his life and creative career, together with special guests.
A Tribute to Rabbi Haim Louk: Rabbi Louk hosts Elad Levi and Amir Benayoun
This first of two tribute performances presented by Confederation House honoring the remarkable activity and singing of Rabbi Haim Louk will offer works from the Andalusian tradition that have been part of his repertoire since youth and are identified with him. Rabbi Louk will appear with a special musical ensemble led by Elad Levi and will host singer-songwriter Amir Benayoun. Benayoun’s father was an Andalusian-Moroccan musician and Benayoun’s songs are influenced by this noted musical heritage. Benayoun has appeared previously with Rabbi Louk, in particular in Benayoun and Micha Shitrit’s song “smaḥot qetanot” and has even performed the piyyut “eli lama ʿazavtani” identified with Rabbi Louk.
Rabbi Haim Louk, vocals; Elad Levi, violin, musical management; Yaniv Dadon, guitars; Nadav Becher, guitars; Adi Gigi, bass; Sahar David, nai, percussion; Galor Yefet, percussion; special guest: Amir Benayoun
Photo of Rabbi Haim Louk: Shmulik Balmas
Photo of Amir Benayoun: Moshe Nachmovitz
Photo of Elad Levi: Giti Silver