This week I had the pleasure of hosting my friend Rotem Bar Or in the studio… We didn’t plan ahead and he spontaneously opened with a 12 minute long Bob Dylan cover called ‘It’s allright ‘ma’…
We talked about his music and of course Rotem also played one of his songs and one of my personal favorites: ‘I Worry’ with the excellent lyrics ‘The world has been conspiring to save me, my goodwill must be written on my back’
Rotem picked some of his favorite songs and made me discover new things. We even improvised a Coolio ‘Gangsta’s paradise’ rap together
Today we first open the show with a live version of my jingle (The Stranger whistle from Billy Joel’s song) Michael whistles and I play piano. Then we talk music, we talk boyband Hi-five, we talk Kwanzaa, we talk personal and we play live… From Beyonce to Leonard Cohen…
Tune in for an hour with Marilyn Ambach and Michael HarPaz on your screen
Unwind Rewind, Marilyn Ambach’s radioshow & podcast is finally back for a second season… Tune in to a 2-hour opening episode with her musical soulmate & radio muse, 88fm’s radio host & music editor, special guest Tomer Molvidzon…
|1||Billy Joel||The Stranger|
|2||José Feliciano||Here There And Everywhere|
|3||Deep Purple||Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Live)|
|4||Leonard Cohen||Tower of song (Live)|
|5||The Band ft Mavis Staples||The weight|
|6||Allman Brothers||Please Call Home|
|7||Chris Stapleton||Either Way|
|8||Dan Fogelberg||Same old lang Syne|
|9||Jasper Steverlinck||That’s not how dreams are made|
|10||BB King||Thrill is gone|
|11||Buddy Guy & BB King||Stay around a little longer|
|12||Lazer Lloyd||Broken Dreams|
|13||Aretha Franklin||Good to me as I am to you|
|14||Eric Clapton||Bell Bottom Blues|
|15||Michael Kiwanuka||Cold little heart|
|16||George Michael||They won’t go when I go|
|17||Little Feat live Jackson Browne||Willin (from Roadies)|
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Boogie Boy will perform at the Namal Tel Aviv Hangar 12 on Monday March 30th during the Belgian Culinary festival.
Join us for a celebration of food, beer, music and sport.
On Tuesday May 20th theAngelcy will be performing live at the Barby to celebrate the release of their well expected album ‘Exit Inside’. TheAngelcy, a most unusual Israeli Indie band, speaks of a very personal, local and contemporary reality in universal, international English that is both simple and poetic. The band’s music is being arranged in a tiny room in one of the most under developed neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, and from there reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, featured on radio, television and cinema, and of course on stage, in venues and festival in Israel and abroad” Tickets: www.barby.co.il 03-5188123 https://www.youtube.com/user/theAngelcyOfficial
On Sunday May 25th, the stage of the prestigious Habima National Theater will have French-Italian singer-songwriter Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. She will perform her first concert in Tel Aviv ever. Her 2 biggest hits are “Quelqu’un m’a dit” and “Raphaël” have over 20 million views on Youtube. Until today, Carla Bruni has sold more than 3 million albums. During her modeling career, she has been the muse for several international luxury brands. Carla Bruni said to be “crazy about Israel”, a country that she really wants her son to discover. She will be visiting the country with her husband and ex French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Tel Aviv is living good show business times these days. Lots of international artists are heading our way this summer. I myself am currently working on the amazing Justin Timberlake show, happening Wednesday May 28th at the Park Hayarkon – Tickets: www.leaan.co.il *8780.
Also on the menu for the summer of 2014: The Rolling Stones, Pixies, Soundgarden, The Hives, Gogol Bordello, Lana Del Rey, America, Backstreet Boys and for the first time in Israel, the brand new Electronic Dance Festival “Isle of Dreams” happening in Turkey, Switzerland and Israel – including DJ’s such as Avicii, Fedde Legrand, Alesso, Andy Baxter, Chuckie, Jamie Jones, Nervo, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki and many more – more info soon.
Tel Aviv is divided into 9 districts that have formed naturally over the city’s history. The oldest of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. There’s much to write about Jaffa, I’d talk about the flea-market or the ancient city but let’s focus on the port today. The Old Port of Jaffa is reputed to be one of the oldest ports in the world, notably being the port from which Jonah set off in the famous Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. Its long and fascinating history as strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean continued until only recently when new ports were built south of Tel Aviv in Ashdod and north in Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods. Still functional as a small fishing port, the port is currently a recreational zone featuring many restaurants and cafes with lots cultural and artistic activities.
One of my favorite spots in the Namal (port in Hebrew) is called The Container. The Container is an industrial warehouse from the 1920s that has been converted into an art project space, bar and restaurant, located on the waterfront. The NY times recently wrote: “The space fuses Red Hook grit with Levantine glam, incorporating a sweeping, 45-seat horseshoe-shaped bar under a warehouse-high ceiling that affords nice views of both the oversize wood oven in the open kitchen and the rotating exhibits on the walls. Adding to the mix is a three-times-a-week D.J. set.” And live gigs:
As my brother is coming to visit Tel Aviv again, we set up a little concert there. On Friday July 6th at 10PM, N8n will perform with his Israeli band led by drummer Ori Raz for another night of good vibes by the water, some good old funk and some new ‘raw’ material. People are advised to reserve tables, entrance is free. Join us!
Jaffa Port – photo credit Dani Jordan
The Container by night – photo credit The Container
The Container inside – photo credit Liron Erel
The Container inside – photo credit The Royal Excursion
When you grow up in a musical family you’re not aware of how unconventional your life is. With a concert promoter father who’s also an amateur blues performer and stage animal I thought I’d seen something. Until my little brother became a soulbrother and joined the stage.
Last week, Nathan, better known as N8n, gave a special performance at the coolest spot in Tel Aviv called Rothschild 12. Every time he comes visit me in Tel Aviv, we set up a gig. And when Antwerp and Tel Aviv join forces, our blog celebrates.
We put a band together via email and text messages thanks to drummer and socialite Ori Raz: Shlomi Maya – keyboard, Nitzan Berger – Guitar and Avishai (Avsha) Back – Bass. N8n landed in the afternoon so we went straight to the venue to meet the band and do soundcheck. A few hours later the boys rocked the place! The venue was packed with lots of beautiful people, Belgians, Internationals and Israelis.
N8n started with some alternative versions of his own songs from the first record in order to warm up the crowd. Then the cover songs came in, the audience stood up to twist and shout. Later on I was invited on stage to do one of my personal favorite songs of all times: ‘Sympathy’ by Rare Bird. That doesn’t happen very often. I mostly stand on the side and admire the men of my family doing it on stage. I love their music but if I play and/or sing it’s mostly another type of songs. Sad songs. So this time we combined best of both worlds and after a lovely introduction I managed to reach the stage and play my song, accompanied by N8n. And then it was time to bring on the patron of the family, the well known Boogie Boy. He took over the mic, the piano and the audience for some classic Ray Charles and B.B. King tunes. And that would be a typical Ambach family music night, only shared with an amazing crowd.
Thanks to all the lovely people who came out and joined the good vibes.
video credit Sharon Erde
I moved to Tel Aviv in 2007 and I guess one of the main purposes of this blog is to tell you why I’m still here. For sure back then, I didn’t really know what to expect, as always when you dive into the scary unknown. I came in January 2007 to “check it out”. I had an apartment to arrange and told myself I’d stay if I’d find work in my industry: the music industry. Certainly not a country with a big international live music scene then. So in my first year I worked as a music supervisor for tv, films and commercials with a genius music man called Koby Ben Atar. Then, in 2008, Paul McCartney announced he would perform in Tel Aviv and it was obvious I’d find my way to be part of that. The show drew 57,000 fans to the Hayarkon Park and was the beginning of a new wave of big concerts. In 2009 Leonard Cohen announced his concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium and of course I joined forces there too. It was an unforgettable evening for the artist, the crew and 47,000 people in the audience (but wait, my history with him is not over). And this is how it keeps going: I work as a freelance local promoter/production under Live on Mars. Doing shows like: Rihanna, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, the Pet Shop Boys, Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Justin Bieber, Metallica, Rod Stewart….
As these are outdoor shows and mostly happen in the summertime, in winter there are other things to do. Going on tour for example. In 2010 I had the honor to be asked by Leonard Cohen to be part of his crew and join a 5 month world tour.
You can watch the archive and photos here: http://leonardcohen.tumblr.com/archive
So, my business is called “Live on Mars”. Why? Because as most of you know, they call me Mars since I’m a kid. For my creative world I use “Life on Mars”, but more about that later. What do I do? Many things; between organizing shows, events and production work. It mostly involves international visits where my side activity is to show these people around; through culture, food, hospitality and entertainment I have the chance to share with them this amazing city. Of course I say this because most of them arrive with a lot of prejudice. Besides the usual security questions they sometimes even ask me if we ride camels, if we have internet and stuff. So it’s an honor for me to be their first impression and to make it a positive impression. I feel safe in this city. Safer than anywhere else in the world. And so does every guest I’ve ever had, both for professional and private visits. All these visitors give me a great opportunity to view, review, discover and rediscover life in Tel Aviv. Stay tuned for more…