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Yair Dalal and Dror Sinai in Concert, Middle Eastern Rythms of Peace

Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 PM. Tickets are $22 advance, $25 door and available at Brownpapertickets.com or at the Music Coop in Ashland



YAIR DALAL composer, violinist, oud player singer and a teacher; A prolific ethnic musician, plays an important role in shaping the global world music scene. Over the last decade he has put 12 albums, covering wide and varied cultural territory, and authentically representing Israeli , Jewish and Middle Eastern cultures and fusing them through music as whole.

Much of Dalal’s work reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical-European, Jazz and Arabic music and also reflects a strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants. Dalal’s family came to Israel from Baghdad and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Whether working on his own, or with his Alol ensemble, Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. The evocative compositions comprise a unique and colorful sound.

Apart from creating music, Dalal devotes his time to preserving musical heritages from becoming extinct – the Babylonian Jewish Iraqi musical heritage and the music of the Bedouins (the Sinai desert nomads).

During the years Dalal performed in concerts and festivals worldwide including major venues such as New York Carnegie hall and Lincoln center , Womad festivals from England to Australia and New Zealand as well as in a humble authentic nomads desert tent . Collaborating with top musicians from different disciplines and heritage.

Dror Sinai is an international performer, educator, and performing artist, as well as the Founder of RHYTHM FUSION, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California. In 2002 he received the Gail Rich award for supporting the arts, and is a founding member of the World Music Committee for the Percussive Arts Society.

Dror has performed as a solo artist and has appeared in ensembles of many different musical styles, with other talented artists, including Yair Dalal, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuval Ron and Alessandra Belloni.

Dror has presented lectures, clinics, and workshops to diverse audiences, including Universities, schools, community gatherings, adults and children, and has taught both professionals and amateurs; he has been a featured instructor for Spectra of the Santa Cruz Arts Council, and at clinics during PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). Has been working for world peace as a way of life and taught and performed on the “Peace Boat” as well as  at  The World Sacred Music Festival, Fes, Morocco ’09 .

Dror also curated the Israeli Musical Instruments exhibit at the MIM-Musical Instruments Museum

Today he also leads musical and cultural explorations in bringing tour groups to Morocco (www.Mugical-Morocco.com)