Moshe Elmakias (22) is a jazz pianist from Jerusalem, Israel. Moshe started playing classical piano at the age of 6, and throughout his youth took an interest in Jazz music. Moshe did his mandatory military service in the "Outstanding Musicians Program" while attending the Jerusalem Academy of Music for his bachelor's degree in jazz performance and graduated his B.A with honor. At the age of 19 he performed in Italy at the Umbria Jazz Festival (2016) and at the Red Sea Jazz Festival (2017) with an Israeli young jazz quartet. At the age of 21 he performed Poland (2017) with the world music singer Mor Karbasi, in Guatemala Jazz Festival (2018) and Uzbekistan with the Israeli drummer Yogev Shetrit, and in Austria, Czech, Russia and Finland (2018) with the Israeli bassist Tal Gamlieli. These days Moshe works with many musicians in Israel and plays many festivals and platforms around the world.
An original composition, this song describes both the beauty and the pain or carrying Judaism. Jews have been hunted and punished for their faith wherever they went to, and this song describes this commitment that passes from mother to daughter in a sensitive way. lyrics written by my mother :Shoshana Karbasi sung in Ladino-Sephardic. (dialect of Jewish Spanish). In loving memory of the once glorious Jewish sephardic community of Thessaloniki (Greece) that was sent to concentration camps during the holocaust never to return.MORE LESS
it is a Yemenite wedding sung that was sung to the much too young bride before her marriage. it is a painful dialogue between the young bride and her father, then between her and her mother. In her sadness of leaving her safe parents home to an unknown destiny to go to her future husbands home, she asks her mother for protection, and her father to please not listen to her at this hour of mercy and not give her away to a stranger. 'oh father? how could you give your daughter away? at the very same time that you bless me for good night'. I tried to give that bride (of many in many counties) a clear voice. as they voice was very often muted and ignored. the arrangement is more western classical and that is to emphasise the idea and the heavy feeling.MORE LESS
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