April 23rd, 2014
Marking 10 years of recording and performing success, the Idan Raichel Project schedules a St. Paul concert
By MORDECAI SPECKTOR
Idan Raichel, one of Israel’s most famous musical exports, last played in the Twin Cities two years ago. He performed with Vieux Farka Touré, the esteemed singer and guitarist from Mali, in West Africa, at the Dakota Jazz Club.
Raichel, who is a producer, composer and keyboardist, will return here on May 14, for a show at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul. The auditorium on the campus of St. Catherine University is more capacious than the intimate Dakota music room; but the full-blown Idan Raichel Project involves three vocalists and seven musicians, so the ensemble’s eclectic sounds will fill the large hall.
Idan Raichel Project at The O’Shaughnessy May 14
“I’m really honored to share the stage with these amazing artists,” Raichel says, regarding the upcoming U.S. tour.
The St. Paul JCC and The O’Shaughnessy are presenting the Project’s local concert.
During a phone chat with the AJW from his home in Tel Aviv last week, Raichel talked about his most recent album, Quarter to Six (Cumbancha); his introduction to the diverse musical mosaic in Israel; and his infant daughter, who chimed in throughout the interview.
The Idan Raichel Project’s 2013 album, Quarter to Six, continues the tradition of inviting guest artists into the group’s creation process. Farka Touré is featured on the song “Mon Amour (My Love).” Renowned Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad — who recently recorded and performed with Israeli troubadour David Broza (3-14-14 AJW) — joins the Project on “Ana Ana wa Enta Enta (I Am What I Am),” a song in Arabic. Keep reading →