There is a stream of religiosity in contemporary Israeli pop music. In a way it has always been part of the fabric of songs of the Land of Israel - songs from Ashkenazi tradition celebrating love of the Land and containing an implicit connection to a sense of the divine. More recently, several famous musicians have become religiously observant, and Mizrachi and Sephardic sounds have entered the mainstream, as has the music of more traditional Ashkenazi groups. In this class, we will examine several well-known examples from the current Israeli musical scene.
Instructor: Cantor Emily Pincus