The Idan Raichel Project to Perform on May 15, 8:00 pm.
This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” –The Times of London
The Idan Raichel Project will be playing the Boulder Theater at 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. Tickets are available at the Boulder Theater box office and on-line: Click here to purchase tickets.
The Idan Raichel Project burst onto the global music scene in 2002, changing the face of Israeli popular music and offering “a fascinating window into the young, tolerant, multi-ethnic Israel taking shape away from the headlines” (Boston Globe). Raichel began his musical journey by inviting collaborations from artists of different generations, multiple ethnicities and singing in languages as diverse as Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili. The resulting albums have shattered sales records in Israel and made Raichel one of his country’s biggest musical breakthroughs of the past decade.
The Project’s blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, coupled with a spectacular live show, has enchanted audiences worldwide. They have headlined in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York’s prestigious Central Park SummerStage, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, and the Sydney Opera House. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, India, Ethiopia and Singapore to enraptured audiences of all backgrounds.
Within My Walls was recorded while Idan was on tour throughout the world, during recording sessions in hotel rooms, backstage dressing areas, private homes and other impromptu settings. Along the road, he collaborated and recorded with Colombian singer Marta Gómez, Cape Verdean luminary Mayra Andrade and the silken-voiced Somi of Rwandan and Ugandan heritage. His poetic lyrics reflect these travels and contemplations; sung in Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole and Swahili, the songs address the struggle for personal fulfillment and the true meaning of love in a conflicted and complex world. The result is a deeply moving collection of songs, overflowing with rich melodies, engaging poetry, stunning vocal performances and intricate arrangements.
“To say that everything that has happened in the past six years was the fulfillment of a dream would imply that I even dreamed that any of this could happen,” notes the humble Raichel, whose rise to fame was as much a shock to him as it was the skeptical Israeli music industry executives who said his multilingual, cross-cultural fusions would never find mainstream acceptance. The Idan Raichel Project is now touring with a special acoustic lineup, which offers an intimate and engaging new concert experience. Presenting new arrangements from the Project’s rich repertoire, the acoustic concert is an emotionally uplifiting show full of magical moments.
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