From Afro-Caribbean to heavy metal,
from Brazilian to Jewish klezmer, and from Middle Eastern to smooth,
straight-ahead jazz, festival fans can expect a diverse fusion of sounds. The
second and newly expanded Israeli Jazz & World Music Festival will be held
Tuesday, May 6, through Saturday, May 17, at eight different venues throughout
Chicago. Each of the nine artists reflects the multicultural mosaic and
collaborative spirit of Israel. The festival highlights the global hospitality
and international cultural scene in Chicago.
The festival kicks off on
May 6 with world-music sensation Mika Karni in free concerts at Daley Plaza and
the Chicago Cultural Center to announce the festival opening. Throughout the
week, festival fans can enjoy free shows at the Chicago Cultural Center (Reut
Regev), Old Town School of Folk Music (2013 festival favorite Hadar Noiberg),
and Beth Shalom B'Nai Zaken and Temple Sholom congregations (Mattan Klein). City
Winery hosts two global stars: Keren Ann and Avishai Cohen. The festival
finishes with two internationally-renowned and Chicago favorites: Idan Raichel
making his Auditorium Theatre debut, and Anat Cohen playing a double bill at the
Green Mill Jazz Club.
The 2014 Israeli Jazz & World Music Festival is
presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, in partnership with
the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
The full schedule
for the festival is included, and can also be viewed at http://isra.li/jazzfest.
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