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Playing across a DivideIsraeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters$
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Benjamin Brinner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.001.0001

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Israeli Musical Life

Israeli Musical Life

(p.67) 3 Israeli Musical Life
Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

The courtyard of the Hebrew Union College in West Jerusalem fills with a mix of Israeli adults and rowdy Colorado teenagers on a summer trip to Israel. Rows of plastic armchairs face a temporary stage flanked by speaker towers and banks of colored stage lights. Shlomo Bar, the leader of Habreira Hativ'it, enters last and sits on a high stool in front of and higher than the arc of musicians on chairs. Bar tells the audience in Hebrew how happy he is to perform in Jerusalem. This chapter surveys musical life in Israel in the late twentieth century to highlight Jewish musicians' motivations to explore new directions that incorporated elements of Middle Eastern music, often in collaboration with Arab musicians. The portrayal of Israeli culture and society as dominated by Ashkenazi Jews of European origin is too simplistic. The hegemony of European cultural and social forms is linked.

Keywords:   Hebrew Union, Shlomo Bar, Jewish musicians, hegemony, European culture, Israel

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