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Yair Dalal with Dror Sinai – An evening of Jewish music from Iraq

Friday, Feb 3 at 7:30 pm

Music Center Recital Hall        


"Bridge to Babylon" with visiting artists Yair Dalal (oud and violin) and Dror Sinai (percussion) 


Composer, violinist, oud player and singer Yair Dalal was born in 1955. His family came to Israel from Baghdad, and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Whether working on his own, or with his Alol ensemble, Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. 


Over the last decade he has recorded 11 albums covering wide and varied cultural territory and authentically representing Israel’s cultures and fusing them through music as whole. Much of Dalal’s work reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical and Arabic music and also reflects a strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants.


He has played in concerts worldwide, collaborated with top musicians from all over the world, from different disciplines, including: celebrated western classical conductor and Maestro Zubin Mehta, Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, L. Shankar, Hamza El Din, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Michel Bismuth, Ken Zuckerman, Alam Khan, Jim Santi, Armand Aamar, Shlomo Mintz, Maurice El Medioni, Mustafa Raza, Cihat Askin, Nagati Chelik, Ensemble Kaboul, Adel Salameh, Morwan Abado, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kamerata Jerusalem Orchestra, Melmo symphonic orchestra, and many more.

Dror Sinai is an international performer, educator, and guest artist, as well as the Founder of Rhythm Fusion, Inc. in Santa Cruz. Dror has performed as a solo artist and has appeared in ensembles of many different musical styles, with other talented artists, including Yair Dalal, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuval Ron, Alessandra Belloni. Dror has presented lectures, clinics, and workshops to diverse audiences, including Universities, schools, community gatherings, children, and adults, and has taught both professionals and amateurs. He has been a featured instructor for SPECTRA, a program of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, and has given clinics at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In 2002 he received the Gail Rich Award in Santa Cruz County, and he is a founding member of the World Music Committee for the Percussive Arts Society.

Video of Yair Dalal

Sponsored by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz.


Hall opens at 7:00 pm