Yesterday we concluded the first ever Israeli Jazz Festival in Chicago!
This was an exciting week, no show was like the other: diverse Israeli musicians delivered their own story and 'dialogue of sounds' influenced by different cultures.
Every venue and audience experienced a unique show from the spectrum and, more importantly, took their own piece of musical Israel from the performance.
Because this festival was all about a celebration of opposites- like Howard Reich the Chicago Tribune Jazz critic put it: "It's experimental and traditional, edgy and relaxed, forward-looking and retrospective".
This is Israel. A country of many faces, colors and flavors. A country where, when you put all those completely different pieces together, somehow they create a magnificent whole mosaic.
When you visit the country you see it everywhere. And this week you heard it in Chicago.
Jerome McDonnell WBEZ- Chicago public radio said- We don't have to go to Israel to hear the music..
Thank you all for being a part of it!
This festival would not have come together without the help and support from our venues and sponsors. Each of our venues has presented Israeli musicians in the past, and we thank the following presenters for their willingness to leap into this new project and their continued support of Israeli artists: Mateo Mulcahy at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Tim Schoen at the Mayne Stage, David Chavez at Sound Culture for Global Arts, Dave Jemillo at the Green Mill, the staff and clergy at Anshe Emet synagogue, Carlos Tortoleros and DCASE at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Greg Kitowicz, Colleen Miller, and Rita Chen and City Winery.
The Jewish and Israeli communities in Chicago are strong, vibrant, and supportive of each other and committed to bringing quality cultural programming to Chicago. Our sponsors, including the Jewish United Fund, El Al airlines, JCC Kehilla, Stand With Us, Israeli House, American Friends of Magen David Adom, Garden Fresh Catering, CSW solutions, and the Israeli Education Center contributed to the success of our festival.
Consul Maya Karmely