Saturday, June 30, 2012
Some photos of Vardit Lousky and Yael Tal in a reharsle to their show together - Takadimy Tacon. the sirst show will take a part this July in Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv. The photos has been taken by Eyal Hirsch- Beyond
I was talking about the movie Chico and Rita. Estrella Morente takes a part in it, so... Here is a photo from working on the movie. Estrella Morente with Fernando Trueba. A photo by Yago Mariño
Friday, June 29, 2012
From Israel to Spain and back By BARRY DAVIS 06/28/2012 11:57 With a new album out, flamenco singer Yael Horwitz is gearing up for two concerts. Photo by: Ofira Sternberg With her mixed cultural background, it is no surprise that Yael Horwitz ended up setting her artistic sights on something from beyond our geographical borders. She grew up in Jerusalem in a Spanish-speaking home, with an Argentinean father and a French mother. Today, 35-year-old Horwitz dedicates much of her time and energy to singing flamenco-based music and has just put out her first album, Latido, which will form the basis for her two upcoming concerts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. “My parents came on aliya separately, while their families stayed on in France and South America,” says Horwitz. “You could say I grew up with a range of cultures, and I have seen something of the world.” That certainly comes across in Latido, which was produced by Horwitz’s husband, Eran, who plays Spanish bass guitar on the recording. Fittingly for a debut release, Horwitz has managed to fit all her cross-cultural baggage into the package. While all the music is of the Spanish variety, the lyrics flit easily between Spanish, French and Hebrew, with most numbers including two languages. There are well-known songs, such as “Un Ramito de Violetas,” which was made popular in this part of the world by David Broza during his wildly successful foray into Spanish music in the 1980s. Then there is “Sheharhoret,” which stems from the Ladino culture. It was written over five centuries ago and was popularized here by the likes of Habreira Hativit and Esther Ofarim. The Gallic side of Horwitz’s upbringing comes through most clearly, at least in terms of lyrics, on her flamenco take of “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” which is best known in its original format by late Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel. The Horwitz version incorporates something of both her parental cultural backgrounds, although the musical focus leans heavily toward the Spanish side. Horwitz says the instrumental-vocal-lyrical mix is a natural outcome of her formative years. “I grew up with all sorts of music. My grandfather played tango and lots of records by people like [Brazilian bossa nova composer and performer] Carlos Jobim and [Argentinean diva] Mercedes Sosa. There was also classical music and, in fact, I played classical piano for a good few years.” Her musical epiphany took a while coming. “I started getting into flamenco only about seven years ago, when some friends brought me some CDs,” she recalls. It was love at first listen. “It really caught me, right from the start. I was electrified by it. I started researching it, and looking for as much information, and recordings, as I could find.” Horwitz says her newfound musical love took her by surprise. “I have no idea where this passion for flamenco comes from. Maybe it’s from a previous life, you never know.” Once bitten, she went for broke. Timing is, of course, of paramount importance in music, and Horwitz’s musical awakening could not have happened at a better juncture in her life. “I was at a stage when I could afford to take a month off, and I went to Seville to take a summer course in flamenco singing.” But Horwitz soon discovered she was not set for a tiptoe through a Spanish rose garden. “The course was really tough, and I had culture shock there,” she notes. which, considering her familial background, is somewhat surprising. “Yes, I knew the language and there is a familiar Mediterranean way of life in southern Spain, but I had to deal with all sorts of challenges there that I hadn’t bargained for.” But, as the slightly paraphrased saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get singing. “All of that just made me more determined to learn how to sing flamenco properly, and I realized I was going to have to work hard at it,” says Horwitz. When the summer course ended she returned to Jerusalem, packed up her belongings and went back to Spain to get to grips with flamenco singing. “I went back for three years and met my husband there,” she recalls. Once again, timing was an important factor. “Eran is also from Jerusalem, and we’d moved in similar circles for a while and knew of each other but it happened in Spain. Eran spent several years in Spain learning to play Spanish bass guitar. Once back in Spain for the long stretch, Horwitz says there was no quarter asked or given. “They sit on you pretty tight there. You have to get down to the nitty gritty and learn the basics and the traditions. The teachers there can spend an entire lesson with you on just one trill. You have to get it down pat. I’d come out of some lessons feeling dizzy. It’s no simple matter, learning flamenco music the right way.” All the tough lessons notwithstanding, Horwitz says she learned more outside the classroom. “By and large I stopped taking lessons after the first year. I’d hang out with musicians, and learned a lot from them. I went to lots of concerts as well. Flamenco is more than just music, it is a way of life.” All the hard work began to pay off, and Horwitz began to perform regularly. Even so, she and Eran returned to Israel. “This is our home and, at some stage, you have to head for home,” she notes. Latido – “heartbeat” in Spanish – began to take shape late last year and the Horwitzes headed back to Spain for the bulk of the recording work. “We spent two very intense and fantastic months there and worked with some amazing musicians,” the singer explains. “The artistic director of the album is [flamenco guitarist] Adrian Lozano. We have brought him to Israel to play, and he performed here with [iconic Spanish flamenco guitarist] Paco de Lucia.” More than anything, Horwitz says the album is an amalgam of who she is. “There is a Spanish version, with Hebrew mixed in, of [Israeli crooner] Boaz Sharabi’s “At Li Laila,” and there is material that I wrote. This is a flamenco album, but it’s not traditional.” One of the original numbers on Latido is “Cuando Te Miro,” which is dedicated to Horwitz’s daughter. Part of the singer’s cross-cultural approach hails from here and part was spawned by the company she kept in Spain. “We lived in the south of the country where there is a more open approach to flamenco,” she explains. “They use all sorts of nontraditional instruments, like bass guitar and mandola and keyboards. That’s the hottest flamenco scene in Spain today, and it’s the approach I like the best.” For her dates in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Horwitz will benefit from the diverse instrumental skills of husband Eran, Lozano, Spanish flamenco-jazz saxophonist-vocalist Antonio Lizana Coca, Mexican-Israeli percussionist Moy Natenzon, Israeli percussionist Nadav Giman and Israeli keyboardist Shai Bachar. Yael Horwitz will perform at the Libery Bell Garden ampitheater in Jerusalem on July 4 at 8:30 p.m. (info:  566-4144 ) and at Tel Aviv’s Tmuna Theater on July 5 at 10:30 p.m. (info:  561-1211 .
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tonight at Israel finally will start the movie Chico and Rita to "run" at the cinemas. I saw it few months ago in a promoting screening in Tel Aviv. I had a feeling that I could like it. It is a great movie indeed. An animated movie for adults. A lot of love for jazz music and Cuban jazz. It goes between Havana and NYC. For flamenco lovers - in the end there is one more thing for us (NOT that I have something against jazz). Just notice that it's possible to "see" Estrella Morente who gives the twist for the happy end
Well, many changes. We'll have reharsle an evening before the show, a thing we never had before. Still - all the time there are changes. Every year we have before show two hours to practice on stage our dances. This year - we've been told about an hour and a half. Afterwards - when I alread started to invite people - the hour of show has been changed. A half an hour later on. Now an e-mail from the assistant of Neta. One more later on with the show, and one hour earlier with reharsle. I don't know how will I hang on without to crash. And I was talking with one of my friends - one who came last year. In the start she said that she's about to come again for sure, even that it's with payment this time. She said she enjoyed it last year. Now when she heard about the new change with time she said that she might not be able to come in this hour... And I have some other things as well on my mind now. I don't think I can handle it now.......
What a class.... Almost in the last moment most of us have been there. just not my friend. When I got there - the medium level man got his things and went out fast, got back taking his sun glasses and run away. Still - a habbit I went out to change. The beginners has finished their class on time, but ours has started late. One of the beginners wanted to choose a new skirt and took Neta's time on our class. When we finally started - the beginner still was there to choose and write her invition. And even then she had things to ask, show, and hell knows what else. After she really finish with it - she was still looking at us. Neta told her that she should try it nest year. A bit before she went - my friend came. She moved out a part of her bata de cola and now it felt different to her and made it harder.... Now the thing that Neta don't need to look - I didn't do it perfect. A lot of mess because of space. And the new stuff... Once again - I was in the same side of the "smart" one against my will, but this time she was right. A little part there was an argue how does it go. Not all remember, Neta remembered it in an upside down way, and the "smart" one remembered something that went to the right way. I said that I think she's right and .... I said how do I remember it. It was like continued to the "smart" one and all said that hey, this is it! When we really danced there was a little part that I wasn't in the right place. Near the end of dance - Neta asked us do go back to our places of standing after we made a circle together. My friend said it's like a math class, but when we tried it - we made it. I think that all of us made it, but for me it was easy in a weird way. Neta said that I made it really good. Somethow the complement came only to me and I was pleased. And in a one little brake we had between the times we danced - the fat woman said it doesn't go well without smiling. She don't feel it. It has some parts with humor and she wants to smile. No, she wants ALL OF US to smile. Neta tried to tell her that it isn't humor. It went pretty "light" but it don't includes humor. It's a caña, and caña is like solea. Solea is really sad and what called "jondo" - the heavy sad beats. The fat one didn't get it. Well, many things she didn't get and asked quetions all class. So now she had to ask one more thing. She asked now if we need to be angry. My friend started to have a laugh - on thins. Sure it's get angry that our batas are pissing and don't listen to us.... I couldn't help it and laughed (probably too loud). My friend looked at me with a surprise. The others started to laough as well. And dance again. Near the end we had a brake and we started to talk about next year. Then not much more time - one last dance for the night. And if we're in this "place" - how do we go back to our start' point for the end of this caña. Luckyly - this time the husband wasn't there, so I changed with no worries.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I hoped to get a new CD. I wrote about it few days ago. The one of Yael Horwitz. I heard from others like it's already possible to get it, so I did my best to get it. As far as I didn't hear yet from the music store - I made a thing which I hope it wasn't too weird. I asked her through facebook when will it be possible to get it there. She answerd pretty quickly and told me that it will be waiting to the first shows. Start of July will be the special shows for this CD and only then in the stores. And probably in the net as well. I'm not crazy about this waiting, but I guess that this is life
Monday, June 25, 2012
domenica 1 luglio principianti h. 17,00/ 18,00 , avanzato 18.00/ 19.30 e intermedio 19.45 / 21.15 INTERNSHIP with MIGUEL ANGEL in ROVERETO Friday 29 June h. 20.30-22.30 intermediate guajira with abanico Saturday 10/30 beginners advanced 11/11 12.30 soleà with manton Sunday July 1 beginners h. 17.00/18.00/18.00, 19.30 and advanced intermediate 19.45-21.15