“The Golem” is a powerful and painful work by the poet Haviva Pedaya, created in the wake of the Covid crisis and climate catastrophes. The central motif of this poetic work is the myth of the Garden of Eden. We break the covenant of the first man and instead of caring for the Garden of Eden of this world, we destroy the rain forests, bring animals to extinction, destroy the oceans and damage the atmosphere. The exile from the Garden of Eden is, in fact, the Anthropocene—the past 200 years during which mankind has left an indelible mark polluting and destroying the universe.
“The Golem” is a kind of rhapsody or techno, rock, pop and poetic soul opera that gathers all of the sparks and fragments of the world’s destruction in a call for correction. The work speaks in a variety of tongues, musical and verbal, and includes song, spoken word, rhythm and prayer and seeks to activate and awaken. Haviva Pedaya once again collaborates in this performance with electronic music creators Ruhama Carmel and Fika Magrik.
Haviva Pedaya, words, artistic and musical direction; Ruhama Carmel, composition, electronics, instrumentals, arrangements, musical management; Pika Magrik, composition, electronics, instrumentals, arrangement, musical management; Victoria Hanna, vocal art, vocals (in Hebrew and Farsi); Amir Shahsar, vocals, nai; Daniel Slabosky, electronics, composition; Maayan Doari, percussion; Eyal Said Mani, tar, vocals; Meital Beracha, keyboard, vocals; Alex Maharik, cello, bass, vocals; Sharon Kaspar, rapp; Alexander Yuniberg, beatbox, mouth harp, voices
Photo Haviva Pedaya: Vered Nissim
Photo Victoria Hannah: David Adika
Photo Ruhama Carmel and Pika Migrik: PR
Photo Amir Shahsar: Osnat Rom
22nd Jerusalem International Oud Festival, 2021
18–27 November 2021