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18 aliyot

around the world in 18 songs

Sabra singer, composer, and folklore expert Noam Vazana guides a global exploration of the Jewish sound through 18 songs. The programme features all time classic tunes from Germany, Russia, Yemen, Morocco, Poland, Ethiopia (and more) representing 18 migration waves that made their way to Israel throughout history. Each song encapsulates a culture, setting, or feeling from its place of origin, as well a strand of Israeli cultural and personal identity brought over through the music. Taken together, these beloved sounds offer an eye-opening reflection on how Israel came to be the multi-cultured, vibrant, and complex state it is today.

This concert is an audiophilic dive into the Ashkenazi culture of Europe, the Sephardim of Andalusia, the Israelites of Africa and the melting pot of Klezmer in Hollywood. Full of stories and priceless anecdotes from Vazana’s international travels and including rare archival materials courtesy of the National Library in Jerusalem, the program uncovers unique and varied Israeli cultural treasures.

Noam Vazana is an acclaimed international singer, composer, pianist and trombonist. She is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy and an enthusiast advocate to the revival of Ladino language. She has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America, represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam and played a solo concerts at the Kennedy Center USA, the London Jazz Festival and won multiple awards, including the international Sephardic Music Award ES and the Arts Council England Premiere Award UK. She regularly lectures and speaks on panels about Sephardic music, Cultural Awareness, Ladino, Folklore and more.


Ashkenazi culture of Europe
A review of Ashkenazi migration waves Since the 1800’s and the 1960’s. 
Cultural heroes such as Haim Nahman Bialik and Lea Goldberg. 
The shaping of the Kibbuz movement. 
The melting pot Yiddish and Hebrew.

Sefaradim of Andalusia
The Spanish & Portuguese expulsions: 
Ladino (Judeo-Spanish)
How Yemenite music shaped the Israeli music soundscape
The golden age of Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire
Israelites of Africa
How Yemenite music shaped the Israeli music soundscape. 
Hidden beats of the desert – all the way from Ethiopia
The Moroccan-French connection

Klezmer in Hollywood
The birthplace of Klezmer: the Balkan
Jaffa Harbour and Florentine founded by the Greek jews
How The Wizard Of Oz brings a promise to the land of milk and honey

18 aliyot is also available as:
- a talk
- an online 4 part lecture series