Hebrew Biblical Songs


20 Apr 2019, 10:15 PM - 11:15 PM


World Music


From early songs inspired by ancient Jewish devotional poetry; to the songs of the Yemenites, Babylons, Hasiduts and Sepharads; and to original and contemporary numbers that speak of the Jewish diaspora, the music of the Yamma Ensemble is rare, esoteric and niche.

They revel and sing in Hebrew and Aramaic while playing age-old instruments with such delicateness and immediacy, whisking listeners back to the ancient times with the strong sense of spiritualism, heritage and tradition their music brings.

To watch the ensemble at work is to experience the mysteries of Israel. Even though the ensemble has gained an international audience, it has managed to remain authentic, local and loyal to the region in which it developed and was born.

Talya G.A Solan(voice)

Talya G.A Solan is an independent Israeli singer, songwriter and producer. She graduated magna cum laude from the faculty of arts in Tel Aviv University.

Talya founded Yamma Ensemble and The Israeli Ethnic Ensemble, with whom she released three albums and performs worldwide. She is a member of Kedem Ensemble (Swiss-Iranian-Israeli-Italian group). She is inspired by music of the ancient times, tribal singing, sacred and secular Jewish chants, and music with exotic Middle Eastern flavours.

Jonathan (Yonnie) Dror (wind instruments)

Yonnie Dror plays Eastern and Western wind instruments. He was born and raised in Jerusalem.

His attended the Tel Aviv Music Academy and the Jerusalem eastern music center, and specialises in playing diverse wind instruments including the duduk, nay, shofar, clarinet, saxophone, flute etc. He performs and records with numerous popular Israeli bands including Rita, Idan Raichel, Shiri Maimon and Evyatar Banai. In recent years, he has also been taking part in theatre productions.

Aviv Bahar (strings, Composer, arranger)

Born and raised in Kibbutz Afek and Kibbutz Yodfat, Aviv Bahar is an autodidact who specialises in string and folk instruments from the East such as the kopuz, oud and sitar.

He has been composing and arranging since childhood. Influenced by Persian, Kurdish and Turkish music, he has collaborated with masters of Middle Eastern music in Israel including Diwan Saz, Mark Eliyahu and Amir Shahasar. In addition to his Middle Eastern music work, Aviv Bahar has released two original Hebrew pop albums with his musical partner, cellist Hadas Kleinman.

Nur Bar Goren (percussion)

Nur Bar Goren plays Middle Eastern percussion such as the darbuka, riq, cajon and frame drums.

Nur was born and raised in Rosh Pina. He is heavily influenced by Turkish and Persian music.

Nur conducts percussion workshops for all ages and performs worldwide with various music groups. He studied under private teachers and at the Safed Jewish and Ethnic Music Academy. In addition to music, Nur enjoys nature, agriculture and the martial arts.

Supported by the Embassy of Israel in Singapore and Turkish Airlines.

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