Music for art’s sake

Yoram Hazzan will not be turning up at the Israel Museum on Thursday on a motorbike, but the two-wheeled machine has, at least nominally, been ever-present in his working life for well on three decades.

Hazzan is a founder member of the Knesiyat Hasechel rock band. The Hebrew name translates as “Church of Reason” and comes from the expression in question noted in writer and philosopher Robert Pirsig’s cult 1974 tome Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

“I think about things, about life in general,” says Hazzan, “but I am not a philosopher myself. You could say I view the world from a philosophical standpoint. The book put things into sharper focus for me. I reckon that also influences the way we make music – gives us a broader outlook.”


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