Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel.
This week, we’re speaking to two musicians who will be performing at the upcoming 22nd International Oud Festival, produced by Jerusalem’s Confederation House and directed by Effi Benaya, opening November 18.
The first guest is Wisam Gibran, a composer, poet and oud player performing with poet Ronny Somekh this year, bringing their combined music and words to the stage.
It’s not the first time at the Oud Festival for Gibran, a Palestinian from Nazareth who performs globally, and who enjoys the particular mix of people and place at this annual event.
Singer Nataly Oryon, from Jerusalem, will be performing for the first time at the Oud Festival, bringing her mix of Greek music and song to the stage.
Greek is a language Oryon learned all on her own, having fallen in love with its musicality and tone.
She sings classical and traditional Greek music, and will be including those as well as other tunes she’s discovered along the way both in Greece and back home in Israel.
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