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Join the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Their Very Special Guests in a Celebratory Musical Union of Arabic and Jewish Cultures: April 10th, Sunday (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

Weekend still open? Here’s a last-minute entertainment suggestion. 

Middle East Harmonies – A Musical Dialogue Between Arab & Israeli Cultures brings together 4 premier musical entities all of which are dedicated to a common all-important performance goal- that of the promotion of world peace and understanding through the wonderful inspirational power of music. Professor Joshua Jacobson of Northeastern University, creator of this honorable event, brings together his Zamir Chorale of Boston, founding members of the once world renown Arab/Jewish-Israeli instrumental ensemble Bustan Abraham, distinguished Turkish vocal soloist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, the youthful Boston City Singers, and featured soloist Mireille Tannous in a performance to commemorate a special marriage of Israeli and Arabic music traditions. Represented here are two indeed distinct cultures who have sadly known much conflict between each other for centuries, however, on this glorious afternoon in April, will peacefully co-exist in “perfect harmony” with each other.  A related symposium on of the bridging of cultural differences through music, but in a broader context, will take place on the following Monday. 


A little bit about the performers:

Zamir Chorale of  Boston (Professor Joshua Jacobson – artistic director) – Since 1969 this highly revered Boston area choral ensemble has been advancing  the values of Jewish culture not only through performance but various forms of literature and educational outreach as well. Thus far they have recorded 21 cds and developed quite a following outside of the local area, both nationally and overseas in Israel and Europe. 

 Bustan Abraham (1991-2003) – Standing as a symbol of effective collaboration between Arab and Jewish people, this infamous instrumental ensemble began as the duo of Israeli-Arab, Taiseer Elias and American-Israeli Jew, Miguel Herstein. The group membership then expanded to as many as seven players who very successfully toured Europe and North America, recorded 6 cds, and were heard on the radio worldwide. The creation of Israeli concert promoter/musician Avshalom Farjun, this ensemble was known for its renditions of highly evolved compositions laced with a variety of artfully orchestrated musical elements and improvisational sequences.You can view the concert program for the afternoon here. This looks to be quite an event, not only from a musical entertainment perspective but from a culturally educational one, as well. 

Bustan Abraham in Earlier Days


 Mehmet Sanlikol (vocal soloist) – Professor Sanlikol holds a doctorate in music from New England Conservatory and has enjoyed a highly successful and varied career, both locally and internationally, as a performer, recording artist, composer, teacher, author, and producer. He is heavily involved with musical projects that demonstrate effective performance partnerships amongst musicians of different cultures in an atmosphere of peace and goodwill. He co-founded the highly respected local ensemble Dunya,  performers of contemporary Turkish music placed often times in a world fusion setting. He also produced a cd involving a first time collaboration of Greek and Turkish musicians from Cyprus which was so successful that he was featured on both NPR and PRI radio programs.


Zamir Chorale of Boston






You can view the concert program for the afternoon here. This looks to be quite an event, not only from a musical entertainment perspective but from a culturally educational one, as well.

Event Details:

When: April 10th, Sunday (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

Where: Sanders Theatre (Harvard Square)

Tickets: $54.00, $36.00, $18.00 (General Admission) / $10.00 (Students), $5.00 (Seniors 65+ )

More Info: 617-244-6333 OR Visit the website

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April 8, 2011 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

Discover the Original Sounds of Israeli Composer/Bassist Haggai Milo Cohen & Friends: Jazz Fusion with Middle Eastern Flair … and More: November 26th, Friday (10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

Listen to Haggai Milo Cohen.

World music composer Haggai Milo Cohen (also known as Jatu) firmly believes that in order for any music to have “real value” it must convey most effectively to its listeners an emotional or philosophical message which truly comes from the heart of its creator. He will liken his basic jazz sound to that of  the standard Western genre heavily laced with additional traditional Israeli and Middle Eastern music elements. But wait … there’s more. Within in his original compositions, one can also hear influences of various Indian genres, trance, rock and roll, and hip-hop as well. Milo Cohen’s enthusiasm for experimentation with such an eclectic mix of genres should come as no surprise if you take a look at the long list of musicians of whom he considers to be his greatest mentors and/or sources of artistic inspiration throughout his career. Just take a look at his MySpace page and you’ll see what I mean! In addition, he has performed with a number of different ensembles over the years. Here is a partial listing of such musical collaborations, complete with sound links for you listening enjoyment, including: the Secret Music Project (SMP) (presenting, along with Milo Cohen, a new and original world music genre called “New Israeli Folk Improvisation”), Daniel Wright’s World Collective, Milo Cohen/Omer Klein duet, and the Ilan Bar-Lavi Quintet. Just recently, as he continues to expand his horizons, he has been contributing his talents in the area of mult-media works involving modern dancers, such as Boston’s Liz Roncka. He has even delved into the fashion photography industry. 

It’s not certain just yet as to exactly who Haggai Milo Cohen  will be appearing with at his upcoming concert at The Beehive in Boston’s South End, but you can be sure that you will be treated to a lot of his highly original jazz compositions, all of which he assures us are designed specifically leave his audiences in a state of peace and well-being. Undoubtedly, one of the very best things that music can do for us!








Event Details:

When: November 26th, Friday (8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

Where: The Beehive (South End)

    Bar Menu Available / Table Reservations

Admission: No cover charge listed

More Info: 617-423-0069


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