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Striking a chord

Music project to build bridges, on border of East and West Jerusalem

Twelve musicians from Israel and abroad will perform and jam with audiences for a week as part of Árkho project, at Israel-Palestinian culture house

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The bar at FeelBeit, the Israeli-Palestinian culture house set on the border of East and West Jerusalem.(Courtesy FeelBeit)
The bar at FeelBeit, the Israeli-Palestinian culture house set on the border of East and West Jerusalem.(Courtesy FeelBeit)

FeelBeit, the Israeli-Palestinian culture house set on the border of East and West Jerusalem, is launching Árkho, a collaborative musical project with 12 musicians from around the world.

The concept of Árkho is to create a shared space for musicians and audiences with soloists, percussionists and wind, string, and bow musicians joining forces.

Audiences will be encouraged to join in as witnesses and participants in the creative musical process at FeelBeit — which grew out of Mekudeshet and the Jerusalem Season of Culture — and on its terrace that adjoins the Sherover Promenade, overlooking Jerusalem.

Spanish percussionist Aleix Tobias and Israeli percussionist Itamar Doari are directing this experience, along with Spanish vocalist Silvia Pérez Cruz, Argentinean vocalist and guitarist Juan Manuel Quintero, vocalist Nakany Kanté from Guinea, Turkish vocalist and percussionist Ugur Önür, Senegalese African harp player Momi Maiga, Spanish vocalist and guitarist Carles Dénia, Mexican dancer Karen Rubio Lugo, Israeli cellist Mayu Shviro, Israeli-American trumpeter Itamar Borochov and Israeli bassist Yankale Segal.

Audiences will be invited to meet the musicians and talk about what inspires them, hear them share their creative knowledge and listen to the jams that will take place on the FeelBeit stage.

Árkho will take place over eleven days, August 3 – 10, with 12 events on the FeelBeit terrace that are free and open to the public, alongside other, more intimate salons, rehearsals, master classes and dialogues that can be accessed with tickets purchased from the Árkho website.

FeelBeit (“At home” in Arabic) was launched in 2019, operating equally in Arabic, English and Hebrew as a tool for reconciliation and bridge building in Jerusalem.

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