Israel festival review: East and West

The breaking down of musical boundaries, as in the concert entitled From East to West in the Israel Festival, is certainly a commendable effort. The question is only how to go about it.

The most serious attempt at merging Eastern and Western music elements was Mark Kopytman’s Voices of Menory (1981), featuring an authentic Yemenite-based song and singer (Yonit Shaked-Golan), with real Yemenite voice production, in the context of 20th century orchestral music. Kopytman wisely introduced the Yemenite-style singing when the orchestra was silent, or almost so, thus allowing each style its own space, without any forced attempt to merge the two or have them compete.


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