“To see Broza in concert is to be mesmerized” — New York Post
David Broza personifies Israel at its finest, and yet he is also a musical citizen of the world. Come hear 92Y’s annual seasonal presentation of the star for all seasons.
David Broza, vocals & guitar
Yonatan Levi, guitar
Alon Albagli, guitar
Julio Fernandez, guitar
Uri Kleinman, bass
Eden Ladin, piano
Shaul Eshet, keyboard
Yuval Lion, drums
Yoni Levy, drums
Jay Beckenstein, sax
Cyro Baptista, percussion
Shanir Blumenkranz, oud
Yehonatan Geffen, poet SPECIAL GUEST
Steve Earle SPECIAL GUEST
David Broza “Carolina” from Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt, live in Tel Aviv, 2010 (in English).
David Broza and Yehonatan (Jonathan) Geffen perform together at Broza’s first sunrise concert at Masada, 1993 (in Hebrew).
Steve Earle sings the title song from his April 2013 release, Low Highway, at SirusXM performance theater.
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Israeli superstar David Broza has been performing at 92nd Street Y every December 24 since 2001. This year he arrives with a new CD, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem. The CD was made in the Palestinian East Jerusalem studio of the band Sabreen, led by Said Murad, with whom David had worked for many years.
The disc has 13 songs, mixing a daring selection of covers by artists like Steve Earle, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd and Elvis Costello with original Broza songs; it marks the first time Broza has written songs in English. The performers include American musicians and Grammy Award winners Steve Earle, Steve Greenberg and Wyclef Jean, Israeli musicians Gadi Seri and Yossi Sassi, Palestinian hip-hop duo G-Town and Arab/Israeli singer Mira Awad. The album has been produced by Mr. Earle and Mr. Greenberg, and is being released on Mr. Greenberg’s S-Curve label.
David Broza is considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the world. His charismatic and energetic performances bring a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England. He has filled concert halls with his famous guitar playing that ranges from flamenco-flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques to whirlwind finger picking to a signature rock and roll sound.
More than a singer/songwriter, Mr. Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to humanitarian causes, predominantly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since 1977 he has worked 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.”
In one project, he wrote and recorded with Sabreen the song “Belibi,” which featured Mr. Broza, Sabreen’s Wissam Murad and two children’s choirs, one from each side of the conflict. In Search for Common Ground presented awards to both Mr. Broza and Mr. Murad in November 2006.
Mr. Broza’s album Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt was released in 2010 to worldwide critical acclaim. In July 2011 the album Third Language was launched, the first one since 2002’s Ze Hakol o Klum (It’s All or Nothing) to have all the lyrics and music written by Mr. Broza. One of his latest projects is “Poetry From the Bench,” a new web series dedicated to intimate and live renditions of poetry. His website is davidbroza.net.
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Yehonatan Geffen is a poet, author, songwriter, journalist, playwright and performer. Born in Nahalal, Israel, Mr. Geffen moved to Tel Aviv after he fulfilled his military service, where he began to write poetry. He soon started writing a column for the weekend supplement of the Ma’ariv newspaper; when he would spend time living in London and New York, he would serve as the paper’s foreign correspondent. He joined a group of journalists, including Eitan Haber, to publish the book The Failure in 1973, documenting the failures of the Yom Kippur War. He also joined the now-iconic troupe of actors and singers, Chavurat Lul, which included the late Arik Einstein.
Much of Mr. Geffen’s success as a writer comes from his works for children, led by the beloved book Ha-Keves Ha-Shisha Asar (The 16th Sheep); the album of the same name features David Broza and Gidi Gov and has become one of the most popular children’s recordings in Israeli history. It includes such songs as “HaYalda Hachi Yafa BaGan” (“The Prettiest Girl in Kindergarten”), made famous by Yehudit Ravitz; “Eich shir nolad?” (How is a song born?”) and “Ani Ohev” (“I Love…”).
Mr. Geffen has also written many popular songs, poems, plays and stories for adults. He has had more than a dozen volumes of poetry published and five plays produced, and his memoir, Good Stuff, was published in 2002. In 2005 he was voted the 72nd greatest Israeli of all time in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered to be the 200 greatest Israelis.
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This past spring singer, songwriter, record producer, author and actor Steve Earle released his 15th studio album, The Low Highway, and the corresponding live tour featured his celebrated live band The Dukes. He is co-producer of and a performer in David Broza’s new album, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, which will be released next month.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Mr. Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. In 1986 he released his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to No. 1 on the country charts. What followed was an exciting and varied array of releases, including his three Grammy Award–winning albums: The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). His previous album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (2011), was nominated for a Grammy Award.
As an actor, Mr. Earle appeared in the HBO series “The Wire” and “Treme,” NBC’s “Law & Order” and the film Leaves of Grass. He will be seen in the new film The World Made Straight, co-starring Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle and Haley Joel Osment. He is also host of “The Steve Earle Show: Hardcore Troubadour Radio” on Sirius XM Radio. The year 2011 saw the publication of Mr. Earle’s debut novel, also titled I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. A memoir and second novel are forthcoming. His website is steveearle.com.
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