Sounds of Jerusalem 2015

“Sounds of Jerusalem” is a festival that takes place in the Old City of Jerusalem every year in March. For a number of evenings, the cobbled streets of the 3000 year old city are filled with music and performers.

I went for the first time this year, and got to hear some of Israel’s best and greatest.

There are links to video in the photo captions.

Dusk falls on the Old City of Jerusalem.  On the left- the Temple Mount. On the right (where the red car lights are)- IDF square (city hall) and Jaffa gate.  Photographed from Mount Scopus campus of Hebrew University.

Dusk falls on the Old City of Jerusalem.
On the left- the Temple Mount. On the right (where the red car lights are)- IDF square (city hall) and Jaffa gate.
Photographed from Mount Scopus campus of Hebrew University.

The Harel Orchestra playing a medley of Israeli songs, at IDF square, outside the Old City walls, next to City Hall. Two weeks ago, Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, tackled a Palestinian terrorist who tried to stab passerby, right here. This week- music. The festival continued every evening this week, until Thursday, with dozens of performers performing throughout the Old City.

The Harel Orchestra playing a medley of Israeli songs, at IDF square, outside the Old City walls, next to City Hall (Link).
Two weeks ago, Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, tackled a Palestinian terrorist who tried to stab passerby, right here. This week- music.
The festival continued every evening this week, until Thursday, with dozens of performers performing throughout the Old City.

 Erez Lev Ari performs in the Cardo, the ancient Roman-period main street of Jerusalem (Link).

Erez Lev Ari performs in the Cardo, the ancient Roman-period main street of Jerusalem (Link).

The amazing Shlomo Gronich playing "Kulam Rotzim Shirim Pshutim"- 'everyone wants simple songs', at Muristan square in the Christian Quarter (Link).

The amazing Shlomo Gronich playing “Kulam Rotzim Shirim Pshutim”- ‘everyone wants simple songs’, at Muristan square in the Christian Quarter (Link).

The Black Hebrews of Dimona, celebrating good times, at Muristan square. The group is a family business- four of the band members are siblings. The woman on the left is the wife of the band leader, on the left (Link).

The Black Hebrews of Dimona, celebrating good times, at Muristan square.
The group is a family business- four of the band members are siblings. The woman on the left is the wife of the band leader, on the left (Link).

Alon Olearchik (left) and Ephraim Shamir (right), two giants of Israeli music, who performed together in the 70's as part of the legendary "Kaveret" band. Even though "kaveret" broke up in the 70's, the former band members join up frequently and their songs have affected Israeli music more than any other group. In this video, Shamir and Olearchik sing "Hamagafayim shel Baruch", 'Baruch's boots', a humorous song about Baruch who lost his boots, and went looking for them, only to find them with another man... (Link)

Alon Olearchik (left) and Ephraim Shamir (right), two giants of Israeli music, who performed together in the 70’s as part of the legendary “Kaveret” band. Even though “kaveret” broke up in the 70’s, the former band members join up frequently and their songs have influenced Israeli music more than any other group.
In this video, Shamir and Olearchik sing “Hamagafayim shel Baruch”, ‘Baruch’s boots’, a humorous song about Baruch who lost his boots, and went looking for them, only to find them with another man… (Link)

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