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David Broza & Friends

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Center Theatre
$38 | $48 | $58 | $68

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The lights go up on stage to reveal Israeli superstar David Broza, one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. Although a commanding presence by himself, with each song David will introduce a new band member, or a group of musicians, to accompany him. With the addition of each musician bringing their unique instrumental expertise, they deftly layer a bolero-style crescendo that simply enthrals the audience. The exhilarating combination of guitars, drums, percussion, recorder, zither and vocals captivates. The audience becomes mesmerized by the depth of fluency and youthful energy on stage. The shared musical joy of the musicians is addictive. Adding to this extraordinary musical fusion is special guest qanun player Ali Paris.

David Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion and rhythm, to a signature rock and roll sound, David Broza’s charismatic and energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world. Broza’s music reflects a fusion of the three countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England.

More than singer-songwriter, David Broza is also known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye Tov” first hit the airwaves, David Broza has been working to promote a message of peace. The song’s lyrics, roughly translated as “Things Will Be Better” struck at the heart of the issue—that people all over the world want peace. Now with a string of multi-platinum albums behind him, David Broza still strives to hone this message.

In 2013, Broza began work on a new project—bringing together Israeli and Palestinian musicians for eight days and nights to work side-by-side in an East Jerusalem recording studio. The thrilling result is the new documentary and companion album, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, a collection of thirteen songs that blends cultures, languages and styles into a powerful statement about collaboration and coexistence. The album, produced by Steve Earle, features a stirring duet with Wyclef Jean.

David Broza’s aspirations for East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem reflect the lessons learned during its unprecedented creation—and from a lifetime dedicated to peace and greater human understanding. Broza continues to tour and record with music luminaries from around the globe. In 2007, a concert at Masada featured Broza with special guests Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin. David Broza has appeared as a guest and shared the bill with Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and many more. A powerful musician, passionate peace advocate and music industry innovator, David Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message and musical allure.

Ali Paris – qanun
“One of the most eclectic and diverse artists” –Alicia Keys
“Unrivaled unique artist” –Quincy Jones
Special guest artist, Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and emotional expression. He accompanies his singing with his instrument, the qanun, a rare 76-string zither that dates back to the 14th century and is played by only a handful of people across the globe.


Uri Kleinman – bass
Bassist and musician, Uri Kleinman grew up in Rehovot, Israel; studied music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music; and quickly started playing and recording in the Israeli music scene.  Later, Uri started working as a music director and producer for popular TV shows. He moved to New York in 2011 and is now working in the Big Apple as a bassist and music producer for different artists from Israel and the United States. 


Yuval Lion – drums
The New York based drummer, Yuval Lion has worked with some of the world’s most distinguished rock, pop, R&B and jazz artists including Chrissie Hynde, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Trixie Whitley, Meshell Ndegeocello, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Lionel Loueke, Hindi Zahra, and most recently with David Byrne, Suzanne Vega, and Cibo Matto.


Jonathan Levy – guitar
Jonathan Levy is an Israeli musician currently living in NYC. At age seventeen he won first prize in Israel’s foremost amateur music competition with accomplished and successful singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum. Jonathan began his professional musical career in 1998 and today he is one of Israel’s leading bass players and music producers. He is also a member of the highly regarded band Izabo which has toured all over Europe, and was chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest.


Tali Rubinstein – recorder
Tali Rubinstein is a NYC-based recorder player, singer, and composer. Originating her study in classical music and delving into jazz, pop and R&B music, Tali has been exploring and challenging the boundaries of this ancient baroque instrument, creating her own unique voice in today’s music scene. By combining classical music with jazz and contemporary styles, she is pioneering a revolutionary approach to recorder playing. Tali graduated with honors from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and was the first recorder student to ever attend the school.


Shaul Eshet – piano
Shaul Eshet is a Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer and Producer who grew up in Jerusalem. Eshet performed and recorded with some of Israel’s leading musicians such as Danny Sanderson, Shtei Ha’nevooha , Ha’Dag Nahash, Tomer Yosef, Karolina, Ha’banot Nechama and many more. These days Shaul is part of the NYC music scene and is constantly recording and touring in the US and worldwide.