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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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Bustan Abraham

Bustan Abraham

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Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

Bustan Abraham also brought together Jewish and Arab musicians, but differed greatly in constitution and focus. He issued recordings at a steady pace of one CD every two years or so. The eponymous Bustan Abraham appeared in 1992, less than a year after the band formed. The second album, Pictures Through the Painted Window, included one song, performed by three guest artists, in Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. His recordings all appeared under the imprint of Avshalom Farjun's company, Nada Productions. Judging by newspaper reviews, repeat invitations, the musicians' accounts, and my own observations, the band's performances were well received inside Israel and abroad, gaining a loyal fan base in Israel and considerable recognition outside. Bustan hoped to bring the Israeli musical scene to the center of the world stage by presenting an example for the world, and for Jews and Arabs in particular.

Keywords:   Bustan Abraham, Painted Window, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, Avshalom Farjun, musical scene, Jews

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