Aram Naharaim, according to ancient sources, extends across Kurdistan, between the Tigris and Euphrates. This and adjacent regions—Turkey to the west and Iran to the east, are influenced by rich musical cultures and ancient Jewish piyyut. The performance gathers the finest Jewish piyyut tradition from throughout Aram Naharaim, along with other traditional melodies. The performance was first presented with great success at the 2010 Oud Festival and is now renewed accompanied by the finest musicians.
Elad Gabbai, oud, qanoun, musical direction; Rabbi David Menachem, vocals, piyyut; Eli Luzon, guest vocalist; Amir Shahsar, wind instruments; Eliyahu Digmi, Yohai Barak, Yaniv Ovadia, baglama, saz; Ofer Benita,drums; Yoni Sharon, percussion; Itzik Gan, Turkish violin; Shauli Yitzhaq, bass
Photo Rabbi David Menachem: Moshe Houri
Photo Elad Gabbai: Shmulik Balmas
Photo Amir Shahsar: Osnat Rom
Photo Eli Luzon: Rami Zerenger
22nd Jerusalem International Oud Festival, 2021
18–27 November 2021