ISRAEL’S POLYPHONY YOUTH ENSEMBLE TEAMS UP WITH DAVID BROZA FOR HOLIDAY CONCERTS IN NEW YORK CITY, DETROIT
Broza to Perform with Gifted Arab and Jewish Israeli Youth Musicians
DETROIT, MICHIGAN (December 10, 2012) - In late December, multi-platinum singer-songwriter David Broza will perform with Israel’s Polyphony Youth Ensemble during two special concert engagements in the U.S. in a celebration of friendship, music and tolerance.
The first concert, in Detroit, called “Harmony of Voices” will feature four of Polyphony’s young classical musicians from Israel (two Arab, two Jewish) performing together with Broza.
For the second concert, in New York, Broza hosts Polyphony during his annual “Not Exactly Xmas Show” at the 92 Street Y. The show will feature several special guest musicians and over 20 songs.
"Polyphony and I share the same philosophy that music can help make inroads in tackling difficult issues," said David Broza. "It is so important to bring kids together at a young age and introduce them to the idea of identifying and embracing what they have in common instead of what divides them. The example set by these talented young musicians should be a model of peace to the world."
“We have Arab children and Jewish children living in Israel— in Nazareth, in Rahat— who think they are part of two different worlds. Polyphony brings them together to create an environment that is literally defined by harmony,” said Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Executive Director of the Polyphony Foundation. “We are so grateful that David Broza has chosen to stand behind this idea, and look forward to having his inspiring presence with us during this special concert.”
The Polyphony Youth Ensemble is part of a larger effort sponsored by the Polyphony Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that offers classical music education to Arab and Jewish youth in Israel. Broza, who has served as a lifelong humanitarian activist committed to creating peace through music, has aligned himself with Polyphony’s unique mission of creating new channels for engagement between Israel’s diverse communities. The musicians who will perform with Broza are 15-17 years old and are some of Israel’s most talented rising classical performers. Feras Machour, 16, violin, won first prize at Israel’s most prestigious classical youth music competition, the Paul Ben Haim Competition in Tel Aviv in 2012.
The Polyphony Foundation was co-founded in 2011 by New York philanthropist and investor Craig Cogut and his wife, child advocate Deborah Cogut, and renowned concert violinist Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar. The Polyphony Foundation was the winner of the 2012 Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts for their work promoting peace through the arts.
The December tour will feature:
David Broza, multi-platinum singer-songwriter
Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, violinist and Co-Founder of Polyphony
Ron Trachtman, pianist and Polyphony piano instructor
Mais Hreish, 17, flute
Feras Machour, 16, violin
Tamar Gaoun, 17, viola
Hagit Bar Sela, 17, cello
The performance information is as follows:
WHAT: “Harmony of Voices”
WHEN: December 20, 2012 at 7:30PM
WHERE: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
6600 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield Township, Detroit, Michigan
About the Polyphony Foundation
The Polyphony Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose programs call for mixed groups of Arab and Jewish students and musicians to learn, experience, and perform together. Polyphony currently reaches more than 2,000 Arab and Jewish young people and provides training and employment for over 40 musicians and teachers. This interaction helps to bridge the cultural divide between the students and demonstrates to their communities the rich possibilities for diverse groups to work and create together. These programs aim to close the education gap within Israeli society and create a common ground for young people to come together around classical music and other shared interests.
About David Broza
One of the most dynamic singer-songwriter instrumentalists in the world, multiplatinum Israeli icon David Broza has won the hearts of audiences with magnetic performances and soulful lyrics. His virtuosic guitar playing fuses Israeli, Spanish, and English musical influences; his flamenco rhythms blend with intricate rock-and-roll finger picking. His enduring career has been defined by over twenty-five successful albums and numerous awards.
A steadfast humanitarian, Broza has worked to spread a message of peace through his music; since 1977, he has devoted substantial attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Songs such as the hit “Yihye Tov” and “Belibi” - a collaboration with the Palestinian music group Sabreen - have earned the performer accolades from critics and societies including Search for Common Ground, which applauds his commitments to peace. His dedication to promoting Israeli-Spanish relations and worldwide tolerance earned Broza a Spanish royal medal of honor from King Juan Carlos I in 2009.
The album Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt (2010) and Third Language (2011) have captured worldwide critical acclaim for fresh lyrics and expert instrumentals. Night Dawn sets Van Zandt’s poetry to original music by Broza, while Third Language was produced completely on the Internet - an unprecedented creative innovation in the music industry.
A powerful musician, passionate peace advocate, and music industry innovator, Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message and musical allure.