Yoni Rechter, one of Israel’s outstanding composers, in this special one-time opening performance for the Oud Festival. Over the years the Oud Festival has invited outstanding musicians who have composed music to ancient Hebrew texts, giving them new interpretations. Rechter continues this tradition in an original performance of music written for texts from Pirkei Avot. Rechter created a libretto incorporating segments of the ancient text, some with clear contexts and some random. The work includes numerous influences ranging from baroque to rock-jazz, with segments of free improvisation. Two of Israel’s favorite musicians, Eviatar Banai and Ester Rada and the Israeli Vocal Ensemble participate in the performance. Together they offer a musical journey that moves from image to image, with rapidly changing colors and moods.
Eviatar Banai, vocals; Ester Rada, vocals; Yoni Rechter, piano, vocals; the Israeli Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Yuval Ben-Ozer; Guy Levi, bass; Shahar Elnatan, guitars; Daniel David, drums; Yehonatan Cohen, wind instruments; Ido Sleznik, keyboard
Photo Yoni Rechter: Ilan Besor
22nd Jerusalem International Oud Festival, 2021
18–27 November 2021