“The musical instrument oud is the most beautiful and important instrument in the middle east. It is the most beloved and shared instrument for Arabs and Jews. With the oud, as in the desert, time resonates in its own unique, boundless form, a type of Taqsim. Peace, too, takes its time”. Yair Dalal
Yair Dalal, born in 1955; composer, violinist, oud player and singer; a prolific ethnic musician, plays an important role in shaping the global world music scene. Over the last decade he has put 12 albums, covering wide and varied cultural territory, and authentically representing Israeli , Jewish and Middle Eastern cultures and fusing them through music as whole.
Much of Dalal’s work reflects his extensive musical skills in classical-European, Jazz, and middle eastern Jewish & Arabic music and also reflects a strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants. Dalal’s 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. The evocative compositions comprise a unique and colorful sound.
During the years Dalal is playing in concerts and festivals worldwide, From Womad festivals to the New York Carnegie Hall and Lincoln center, from a tent in the desert to concert halls around the world.
He collaborates with top musicians from different disciplines and music heritage.
Dalal participates and lectures in various music educational institute and universities in Israel and worldwide.
Besides his musical endeavors, Dalal is also a peace activist, devoting much of his time and energy to helping to remove ideological barriers between different cultures and, in particular between Jews and Arabs. Dalal performed at the Nobel Peace Prize gala concert in 1994 honoring the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Dalal has won several Israeli awards acknowledging his music and his contribution to Israeli music and was also nominated by BBC world music rewards 2003 for his musical achievements as best musician from the middle east. Yair Dalal is continuing his musical work with new projects and composition.
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