Eyal Sela

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Erinnerung, Geschichte, Judentum, Mystik
genre(subgenre):
Musik (Fusion, Klezmer, sakrale Musik)
instruments:
Klarinette
region:
Middle East, America, South
country/territory:
Israel, Brazil
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November 25, 2003
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 Eyal Sela

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Eyal Sela

„Für mich ist das Leben in Israel eine tägliche Interaktion verschiedener Nationen, Religionen und ethnomusikalischer Kulturen. Diese Lebenswirklichkeit gibt uns die Chance, ein musikalisches Mosaik zu schaffen, in dem West und Ost friedlich zusammenleben können. Was verschieden ist, wird bekannt und freundschaftlich vertraut. Ich hoffe, dass das Mosaik, das wir den Zuhörern präsentieren, zur Ruhe, Farbe und Freude beiträgt, wie sie in der musikalischen Erfahrung zu finden ist, die hier ihren Ausgang nimmt.“ Eyal Sela
Eyal Sela, ein Meister auf der Klarinette und anderen Holzblasinstrumenten, zählt zu den wichtigsten Protagonisten der Weltmusik in Israel. An der Musikakademie der Universität von Tel Aviv in klassischer Musik ausgebildet, wand sich Sela vor über 10 Jahren dem Studium der verschiedensten musikalischen Kulturen zu, vom Balkan bis nach Indien, von der türkischen Klarinette bis zur indischen Bambusflöte. Sein besonderes Interesse gilt der Klezmer-Musik und ihrem Einfluss auf die Musik des heutigen Israel. Er ist bereits mit Weltmusikstars wie Yair Dalal aus Israel oder Adel Salameh aus Palästina aufgetreten und hat mit dem Sänger Shlomo Bar bei dessen Projekt „Sajra“ zusammengearbeitet. Zu seinen internationalen Konzerten zählt ein Auftritt bei der Verleihung des Friedensnobelpreises an Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres und Yassir Arafat.
Sela lehrt an der Musikakademie von Jerusalem türkische, indische und Balkan-Musik. Mit der von ihm gegründeten Gruppe Darma komponiert und spielt er zeitgenössische Musik des Mittelmeers, vorgetragen auf einer eklektizistischen Auswahl traditioneller östlicher und westlicher Instrumente.

Eyal Sela und das Ensemble Darma treten beim Festival of Sacred Music 2004 mit ihrem „Mount Meron Celebration Project“ auf. Über dieses Projekt sagt der Künstler (English only):

The project is based on melodies that have been played and sung at the Meron festivities during the holiday of Lag B’Omer for over 200 years. These melodies tell the story of the evolvement of a local unique klezmer culture that grew up around the graves of the holy men in the area of Mount Meron. Meron is where Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai lived and taught and is an area that has attracted pilgrims since ancient times. Many piyutim (Jewish liturgical poems, often set to music) were written over the years in honor of the rabbi who is considered to be the author of the Sefer Hazohar (Book of Splendor), which is the basis of the doctrine of the Kabbala (ancient Hebrew mystical system of thought).
The Meron festivities had a cosmopolitan nature and attracted Jews of many origins as well as Arabs, Druze and Circassians from the Galilee. It was a varied festival of dancing and singing, playing of music and lighting of bonfires. It had a mystical, religious and mysterious atmosphere and attracted young and old from all cultures and beliefs.
Eastern European Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel, from the end of the 18th century up to the middle of the 20th century, brought with it an eastern European musical tradition that influenced the local, predominantly Sephardic, population. Those traditions blended together, were assimilated into the local repertoire and a new, fascinating genre of Galilee klezmer music was created.
The repertoire that evolved around the Meron festivities is called Nigunei Meron (Meron Melodies). It is unique and is not part of any other genre. Although tied to eastern European klezmer music, its uniqueness stems from the influence and mix of local cultures in Israel, mainly in the Galilee.
Melodies originating in Romania and Bulgaria (doina, hora, sirba) as well as others that typify the many communities of the Jewish Diaspora in Europe (freilichs, bulgar, honga, kozachok) blended together with Turkish, Greek, Arab, Druze and Circassian melodies. Added to these were traditional Sephardic melodies. The result was the creation of a “world music” long before this term was born!
The Mount Meron Project, by Eyal Sela and Darma, transports the “Melodies of Meron” from the old world music into the contemporary one, painting the old magical mystical tunes with bold and vibrant new colors. In addition to acoustic instruments (Turkish clarinet, oud, kamancha and percussion) Eyal introduces the integration of electronic music, created by three different artists, giving the project an air of “ambient” or “chillout.”
And the festivities continue… with dawn the musicians and dancers return from Mount Meron leaving the holy graves and smoldering fires and disappearing into Safed. “Bar Yochai, you have been anointed…”


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"For me, life in Israel is a daily interaction between different nations, religions and ethno-musical cultures. This reality offers an opportunity to create a musical mosaic in which the West and the East can live together in peace. That which is different becomes familiar and friendly. I hope that the mosaic that we present to the listener will contribute to the tranquility, color, and joy which is found in the Israeli musical experience created here." — Eyal Sela



Author: Martin Hager

Works

"Sela", Magda

Published Audio,
2002

"Darma", Magda

Published Audio,
2002

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Festival of Sacred Music

(05 December 03 - 14 December 03)