Idan Raichel at the Kodak Theatre

              

Following a sold-out performance in Los Angeles last February, top Israeli World Music recording artist Idan Raichel returned for a one night only performance, on November 19th, 2005 at the Kodak Theatre.

Just voted "Group of the Year 2005" in Israel, the 28-year old dread locked Israeli songwriter/recoding artist already has two platinum albums: February's release, "Out of the Depths" (Helcion Records) and his 2002 debut album, "The Idan Raichel Project", which was voted "album of the Year", won "Song of the Year" for "If You Go" ("I'm Telech"), and launched Raichel solo career with "Best Artist of the Year, 2002" from Israel's radio channels.

              

Since then, Idan Raichel's Project has appeared at the world famous WOMAD festivals in England and Singapore, his 16-city USA tour earlier was repeatedly sold out, and he's scheduled to appear in Mexico at the Cervantino International Festival.

              

Raichel's immensely popular appeal stems from his original pop/traditional music, which incorporates samples of original Ethiopian folk music intricately woven with choruses sung in Hebrew with ethnic verses.  His new album, "Out of the Depths" consists of 13 songs (including hymns and intimate love songs) that blend together "World Music" with a pop/rock reel. Singing and playing keyboards, Raichel was backed up by three singers, a percussionist, a guitarist and bass player.

               

Opening the show, was the Keshet Chaim (Rainbow of Life) Dance Ensemble, known as the most important Israeli-American dance troupe in America today. Celebrating the spirit of Judaism and Israeli culture throughout the world, the group's repertoire is inspired by Jewish life in many lands and covers a vast span of history, from the time of Solomon and Sheba to the present. Featuring thirty international dancers, Keshet Chaim is a 25-year old repertory ensemble showcasing traditional and contemporary Jewish and ethnic dance and music.

A one night only extravaganza of music and dance, marking the first time an Israeli artist has performed at the famous Kodak stage, known as the home of the Academy Awards.  The performance was a part benefit to raise money for and an awareness of the Flash Mura: some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews presently living in desperate conditions in Ethiopia, hoping to someday emigrate to Israel.

              

With his music providing exposure to Ethiopian traditional music as well as other ethnic and cultural flavors of music, Idan Raichel presents the face of a new type of artist - one who hears the music, pays homage to its origins, and creates a new blend of music that crosses over age barriers, cultural differences, and income brackets. With his World Music, he is helping to create harmony in the world.

www.idanraichelproject.com
www.kcdancers.com

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