Israeli singer songwriter Idan Raichel is back in San Francisco, performing tomorrow night at the Nourse Theatre. The 1600 seat venue is completely sold out.
For the lucky ticket holders, here's a taste of whats to come
Idan Raichel visited ABC7 News with the Consul General of Israel, Dr. Andy David to talk about his music and his vision. He was interviewed by Cheryl Jennings
From ABC, Channel 7
The Idan Raichel Project is a multicultural and international collection of musicians working with an Israeli recording artist who believes music can bring people together in spite of their political or religious differences...To hear more from the Idan Raichel project, check out their official youtube channel here
"We're singing in our own native languages, in Hebrew, Arabic, over 95 musicians and singers record in the Idan Raichel Project. The youngest member in the project is 16 and the young spirits are 83 and 91 years old," Raichel said.
Cheryl: "Why do you call it the Idan Raichel Project?"
Raichel: "Because it's not a band. In every song there is a different lead singer and different musicians."
Israel is surrounded by countries in conflict. Raichel says his project brings the voices of Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrian musicians to mainstream radio in Israel.
"When you talk about peace agreements and the struggle for peace, I think it should start from the art, that people will start just listening to music from both sides," Raichel said.
"Once you are hearing the performers that join Idan, you stop looking at the colors, you stop looking at how they look, you just understand they are just like you," Israel Consul General Dr. Andy David said. "I think Idan is maybe the best ambassador that Israel has through his music and his inclusiveness."