Idan Raichel – Piano – Songs (POST-SHOW Meet & Greet) - 3/23
at City Winery New York City
*Meet & Greet Ticket ONLY*
Producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet's biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Over the past 13 years, Idan has collaborated with American pop stars India.Arie, Dave Matthews and Alicia Keys, not to mention a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal's Ana Moura, France's Patrick Bruel, Italy's Ornella Vanoni, Germany's Andreas Scholl, and Mali's Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few. The Idan Raichel Project’s spectacular live show has enchanted audiences worldwide. They have headlined in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York's Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, the Sydney Opera House, Zenith in Paris, London’s Royal Albert Hall and many international festivals. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Japan and dozens of other countries for enraptured audiences of all backgrounds.
In 2003, Idan Raichel was catapulted from obscurity to fame when his breakthrough song "Bo'ee," with its entrancing blend of Ethiopian voices and lush global pop, took radio by storm. Almost overnight, The Idan Raichel Project, a collaboration of over 95 musicians of diverse cultural backgrounds, became a top-selling band and a symbol of the power of music to bring people together.
From the beginning, Idan saw the project as a collaboration between artists who each bring their own musical culture and talents to the stage. The live show became symbolic of the album, as it brought together a group of people of different backgrounds but each is equal to the other.
Raichel's latest album, Ha'Yad Ha'Chama, entitled At the Edge of the Beginning internationally, was released worldwide on January 22, 2016. The album, Raichel’s first ever solo album, represented a turn inward for the global music star; an opportunity to take stock of the past, ponder love, life and family and imagine what will truly be important to him in years to come. Now the father of two baby daughters, Raichel has begun focusing on his personal life. He even shaved off his trademark dreadlocks, an act that thwarted expectations and symbolized his desire for a fresh start. His now bald head embodies the clean slate Raichel has been seeking in this new cycle of his life.
The title of his 2016 album, At the Edge of the Beginning, sums up this sentiment succinctly. It's an introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements. "This album has been a way for me to find myself, to come to terms with the fact that I am now part of a close family," notes Raichel. "I'm not here for just myself anymore; I'm here for my daughters."
While At the Edge of the Beginning does not mean Raichel has put an end to The Idan Raichel Project, he looks forward to opportunities to strip down to the essence of musical expression.
Following the release of the album in early 2016, Raichel started touring his new solo piano concerts titled “Idan Raichel - Piano - Songs”. He continued to tour with the Idan Raichel Project and with the “Idan Raichel- Piano Concert with Friends” throughout Europe and the US.
A link to a ShowCase video of the concert "Idan Raichel - Piano - Songs" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpkfnCkn9WY&feature=youtu.be
A link to a short documentary about Idan "Idan Raichel- A Bridge of Hope" Produced by CBC/Radio-Canada
With Alicia Keys NYC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfgiqFme-Fs With Alicia Keys Falling/Mimaamakim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2fQypm5-lI With Patrick Bruel - Paris Opera House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY1324yf-Eo With Andreas Scholl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkMQg6l81mI With Vieux Farka Toure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaCpc7osbek With India.Arie Peace Nobel Prize https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68oB8cF8AZA