TIARA ATAII listens to
British-Israeli countertenor Yaniv d'Or
In the past fifty years or so, the contemporary music of the Middle East has to a large extent become the love-child of, one the one hand, Western production, song structure and music videos, and on the other, the native country's language and modes. A second phenomenon (and perhaps the more surprising — or less, depending on how much Edward Said you have read), is that this style has now come to be repackaged and imported to the West as 'Eastern' music. Thus, when I go to see Yaniv d'Or's concert at the Wigmore Hall, promoted as a musical inbreed coined somewhere between Tel Aviv and London, I am both intrigued and slightly cynical. A mixture of Arabic instruments, Jewish songs, Latino dances, the Ladino language, performed with Western instruments and harmony .....
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