23 April 2018 - 9 Iyyar 5778 - ט' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
The Red Sea Jazz Festival brings top artists to Eilat E-mail

The Winter Red Sea Jazz Festival recently took place from 22 to 24 February, showcasing a fascinating combination of local Israeli culture together with the jazz world in all its diversity – from classic to traditional jazz through bebop, hard bop and New Orleans, to fusion, salsa, rock jazz and world music-scented ethnic jazz.

The festival was held in the Isrotel Theater in the Royal Garden Hotel, at the Queen of Sheba Hotel and at the bar, Mike’s Place. Among the guest participants this year was Edmar Castaneda, who began playing the harp in his youth, focusing mainly on Colombian folk music. He discovered jazz when he moved to New York at the age of 16 and took up trumpet. Today, Castaneda has a unique and distinct way that has established an original voice that shifts smoothly between musical worlds and genres, from Colombian music to Latin jazz and classical music.

In a special collaboration for the 2018 Festival, Brazilian harmonica master Gabriel Grossi joined forces with percussionist Joca Perpigan and guitarist Marcelo Nami, both Israeli musicians who were born in Brazil. Grossi, one of the leading harmonica players in the world, is also an acclaimed composer, producer and arranger. The meeting of these three Brazilians in Israel included original arrangements for classic pieces from the rich repertoire of Brazilian music as well as their own original material.

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Cyclist Roei Sadan returns to India E-mail

Israeli cyclist and adventurer Roei Sadan (“Jinji”) returned to India on 16 February for an emotional visit to thank the Embassy of Israel and Indian rescuers who saved his life in 2015.

Sadan had fallen over 500 metres in the mountains of Ladakh in Northern India, suffering a severe head injury that left him comatose for six weeks. Today, he uses his experience to deliver inspirational talks around the world, including in New Delhi, sharing his story with school children, and with others who have suffered head trauma. He shares a message of hope, strength and determination.

Sadan 35, is an extreme adventure athlete who spent five years biking 66,000 kilometres around the world, over mountains and through valleys, across deserts and ice fields on six continents in 42 countries. He had just finished riding on the highest road in the world in northern India and was passing some time waiting for his girlfriend to join him in India for a vacation. He decided to take a week to climb the 20,000 feet Stok Kangri mountain with a friend. “I remember the summit, and then I woke up two months later,” said Sadan.

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Exhibition in China tells the history of the Israeli kibbutz E-mail

Israel’s Consul General in Guangzhou Nadav Cohen and his wife Einan Cohen, who is the cultural attaché at the consulate, both of whom are former kibbutz members, have initiated an exhibition as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ “Jubilee” project.

The exhibition is currently being displayed simultaneously at Guangzhou’s Red Torii Museum and at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Shantou, where a joint campus has been established with Israel’s Technion university.

It is an audiovisual journey that presents the collective history of kibbutzim in Israel in the years 2010-2017, with an emphasis on “intimate humanity” and combining photography, video art, documentary films and a soundtrack by the Gevatron Choir.

“The State of Israel, with all its advanced achievements, is highly regarded here, and the kibbutz is perceived as a success story with its unique contribution to its establishment,” explained Consul General Cohen, a kibbutznik from the Jordan Valley. “For many of the older generations, the kibbutz is reminiscent of the communal settlements in the periphery of China during the Communist revolution.”

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