Photo: David Broza at 92Y, 2013; © Steven J. Sherman
“To see Broza in concert is to be mesmerized” — New York Post
Often called “Israel’s Bruce Springsteen” and a tireless advocate for peace, David Broza returns to 92Y for his 20th annual concert, a tradition that began on December 24, 2001. His charismatic and energetic performances bring a fusion of the fusion of four different countries in which he was raised and now lives: Israel, Spain, England and the US.
Make your holidays complete by joining 92Y for a beloved annual event with this Israeli superstar.
David Broza, vocals & guitar
Jay Beckenstein, soprano saxophone
Julio Fernandez, guitar
Francisco Centeno, bass
Cyro Baptista, percussion
Yoni Halevi, drums
Steve Earle, special guest
Mira Awad, special guest
Ali Paris, special guest
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Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences a fusion of three different countries in which he was raised — Israel, Spain and England — filling concert halls with famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco-flavored rhythmic and percussive techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock ‘n’ roll sound. Mr. Broza unites the three worlds by utilizing his ability to take on the troubadour tradition, featuring lyrics of the world’s greatest poets.
More than a singer/songwriter, Mr. Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beginning in 1977, he has been working to bring the message of peace to the masses by joining peace movements and singing what has become the anthem of the peace process, his hit song, “Yihye Tov.” Since that time, Mr. Broza has released over 30 albums in Hebrew, English and Spanish, many of which have become gold and platinum records.
Mr. Broza’s latest release is Andalusian Love Song, with the Andalusian Orchestra of Ashkelon, under the direction of its music director, Tom Cohen. The music intertwines different styles and includes some of David’s greatest hits mixed with other distinguished works, including compositions by such renowned Arab composers as Abed Al Wahab. Among his other recent releases, Mr. Broza dedicated an album to the unpublished poetry of US singer songwriter Townes Van Zandt, called Night Dawn; and he released his first completely self-written and composed Hebrew album, Third Language.
The year 2014 saw the release of one of the most challenging albums in Mr. Broza’s long career — an album recorded in its entirety in the Palestinian Sabreen Studio in East Jerusalem, with the help of American multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle as producer. The collaborative work of the Israeli and Palestinian musicians, sound engineers, camera men, chefs and many others who came to assist and be part of the eight days and nights, produced a beautiful, intimate and special album and documentary, East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem. Throughout 2015, Mr. Broza has been touring and promoting this latest work.
In 2006 David Broza received the “In Search for Common Ground” Award along with Palestinian musician/composer Said Murad, and in 2009 Spanish King Juan Carlos I decorated him with the Spanish Royal Medal of Honor for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations, and for his dedication to promotion of tolerance and conflict resolution. His website is davidbroza.net.
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A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve Earle is one of today’s master musical storytellers, whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Trist, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Mr. Earle has mined the veins of American roots music: country rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. His debut record, Guitar Town, shot to No. 1 on the country charts, and his Grammy Award-winning albums include The Revolution Starts … Now, Washington Square Serenade and Townes. He is host of “The Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour Radio,” on Sirius XM Radio.
In his 16th studio album, 2014’s Trapani, Mr. Earle pays tribute to the blues giants he saw and heard while growing up in Texas. His debut novel, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, was published in 2001, and a second novel and a memoir are forthcoming. Mr. Earle is also recognized as an actor from his roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme,” both created by David Simon. His website is steveearle.com.
Photo: Ted Barron
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Singer, songwriter and actress Mira Awad was born in Rameh, a village in Galilee, to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother and studied at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary Music near Tel Aviv. Ms. Awad is a multidisciplinary international performer who has released two solo albums — Bahlawan (Acrobat) and All My Faces — and collaborated with many international artists, including Noa, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli and Bobby McFerrin. Throughout her career, Ms. Awad developed a unique fusion of sounds, combining the East with the West, weaving the Arabic language and its oriental ornaments with Western harmonies, thus creating a rich tapestry of sounds.
As an actress, Ms. Awad has participated in numerous theatre productions and hosted several TV shows; she starred in the high-rated series “Arab Labor” for four seasons. She established her own world music label called Label Free, and also writes music for theatre and film. She teaches stage performance and gives creativity and self-expression workshops, A resident of Tel Aviv, Mira is very much identified with the agenda of dialogue and co-existence, she is a relentless peace activist, and believes in anti-violence activity to build bridges towards resolutions.
Photo: Daniel Tchetchik
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Actor, producer and singer Ali Paris has established himself as one of the foremost qanun players (Arabic zither) on the international stage. Born in Rabat, Morocco, at age 6 he started playing the qanun at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah, and since that young age he has collaborated with the most renowned Arabic classical musicians of the time. He is also a composer who explores crossovers between Arabic classical music and a variety of genres, including flamenco, jazz and electronica.
Mr. Paris’s professional career was launched when he performed at the Royal Palace of Jordan; the United Nations Secretary General was in attendance and invited him to perform at the UN. His appearances include the Boston Symphony and the Newport and Istanbul jazz festivals. He has worked with Quincy Jones on numerous projects, and other collaborations include Alicia Keys, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Avishai Cohen, Esperanza Spalding and Lang Lang, Mr. Paris tours the world with his Ali Paris Quartet and was featured on the soundtrack of Noah, starring Russell Crowe.
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