Yamma Ensemble brings music from the Jewish Diaspora to Athens

Over thousands of years of Jewish migration, communities have developed distinctive musical styles. The Yamma Together, Israel’s premier world music group performs ancient and modern Hebrew music from across the Jewish Diaspora. The band makes its Athens debut on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. A pre-concert talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets start at just $25 and UGA student tickets are just $10.

“So what’s the Yamma secret that so easily grabs the ears of thousands of listeners around the world?” asks the set’s website. The music is rare, esoteric, niche and performed with ancient instruments (duduk, ney, kopuz, oud, shofar) and creates the feeling of ancient times and a strong sense of spiritual heritage and tradition although the materials are sometimes original and contemporary.

“The sound, the performance, the selection of materials and the moving arrangements brought this music far beyond any expectation of the members of the ensemble. Without special plans, the set went global and international, but managed to stay authentic, local and true to the region in which it grew and was born,” according to the website.

The ensemble’s visit to Athens includes a regional performance of the Piedmont of Athens for young people on September 23 at 10 am; for more information, call 706-542-2634. Yamma will also give a public workshop at the Ramsey Concert Hall on September 22 at 12:45 p.m.; admission is free without registration.

About the artists

Talya GA Solan is an independent Israeli singer, songwriter and producer who graduated magna cum laude from the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University. She founded the Yamma Ensemble and the Israeli Ethnic Ensemble, with which she has released three albums and continues to perform worldwide. She is also a member of the Kedem Ensemble, a Swiss-Iranian-Israeli-Italian group. Its influences and inspiration come from ancient times, tribal songs, sacred and secular Jewish songs and exotic natural flavors from the Middle East.

Yonnie Dror plays eastern and western wind instruments and was born and raised in Jerusalem. His musical training was acquired at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and the East Jerusalem Music Center. He specializes in playing various wind instruments: duduk, ney, shofars, clarinet, saxophones, flutes, etc. He performs and records with many popular Israeli groups: Rita, Idan Raichel, Shiri Maimon, Evyatar Banai. In recent years, he has also participated in theatrical productions.

aviv bahar specializing in string instruments. He was born and raised in Kibbutz Afek and Kibbutz Yodfat. Self-taught, he specializes in folk string instruments from the Orient: kopuz, oud, sitar. He has been composing and arranging since his childhood and is influenced by Persian, Kurdish and Turkish music. He has collaborated with masters of Middle Eastern music in Israel (Diwan Saz, Mark Eliyahu, Amir Shahasar). He has also released two albums of original traditional Hebrew pop music with his musical partner, cellist Hadas Kleinman.

sahar david plays Middle Eastern percussion including darbuka, daf, cajon and frame drums. He was born and raised in Ashqelon. His main musical influences come from Moroccan, Turkish and Yemeni music. David plays in the Israeli Andalusian National Orchestra in Ashdod as a ney player and plays a wide variety of instruments including guitar, piano and flutes. He also sings. In addition to music, David has worked at the Israeli Wildlife Hospital.

Avri Borochov is a bassist and music producer. He was classically trained by Israel Philharmonic Orchestra double bass maestro Eli Magen, practiced Indian classical music with tabla guru Samir Chatterjee, mentored by Afro-Brazilian folklore teacher Mestre Camisa and learned jazz with Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, Peter Bernstein and Aaron Goldberg. In 2008, Borochov graduated from the New School University in New York in jazz composition and performance.

Three ways to order

  1. Buy your tickets online at pac.uga.edu.
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Five-minute parking is available in the Performing Arts Center drop-off circle to purchase or pick up tickets.)

Ticket buyers can create a series of five or more performances with 10% off.

To learn more about all UGA Performing Arts Center events, visit pac.uga.edu.

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