Israeli Music: Understanding Shifts in National Culture and Identity

Join us as we explore the ways in which contemporary Israeli music has shifted significantly to allow a space for Mizrahim (Israelis with Middle Eastern/North African roots) to feel that the nation’s music represents them as well.

The changes in Israeli music over the country’s short history illuminate significant historical and social developments. While during Israel’s first few decades its music represented the European tastes of its founders who defined “ Israeliness,” by the 1970s this cultural legacy began to be challenged. We will briefly explore various forms of Israeli music (e.g. Songs of the Land of Israel, Israeli rock, Mizrahi pop, hip hop) as a unique political and cultural lens for the study of Israeli identity over the past several decades.

Presented by anthropologist and BAS member, Dr Galeet Dardashti. Followed by Q&A.

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Cultural anthropologist, Dr. Galeet Dardashti, has worked at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan as Assistant Professor of Jewish Music & Musician in Residence, and as Visiting Scholar since 2017.  She has received numerous awards (e.g. Fulbright Hays, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture) for her research and completed Postdoctoral fellowships at New York University and Rutgers Universities.  Her many publications examine Israeli music/media, Mizrahi cultural politics, Arab/Jewish artistic “coexistence,” and theoretical questions surrounding the political economy of philanthropy.  Her current book project explores the Mizrahi piyyut (sacred song) phenomenon in contemporary Israel.

Dardashti also has an active performing career and over twenty years of professional cantorial experience.  She has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer of Middle Eastern Jewish music as founder and leader of the internationally renowned all-female musical group, Divahn, and through her multi-disciplinary commissions, The Naming (Six Points Fellowship), and Monajat (FJC Inaugural Music Commission).  Dardashti offers courses, lectures, and artist/scholar-in-residencies at universities, cultural centers, and synagogues throughout the country.

 

 

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