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So many of these performers are really great to watch
The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music, or FOJAM as it is known, has a great itinerary of events to see.
The inaugural FOJAM, formerly known as Shir Madness, takes over the Melbourne Recital Centre on 8th September 2019 for a day-long celebration of music, performance and storytelling. They have about 64 artists/performers taking part in this year's event, under the theme, 'Walk on the Wild Side'.
FOJAM 2019 sees the artists use their work, bodies, voices and ideas to inaugurate interesting discussion. They will also influence change and make personal revolutions.
Indie songwriting royalty Chris Cohen brings his renowned and uncompromising work to Melbourne as part of FOJAM. Cohen's first two records serve as companion pieces, but he changed his tune swiftly for his 2019 self-titled LP. This LP was a very deeply personal record. It is about the effects of truths being told within his own family.
NOGA EREZ - ISRAEL Australian Premier and Exclusive - This is a female-dominated EDM scene in Tel Aviv and Noga took a no-holds-barred approach to songwriting on her debut album. She uses her critique for her country's politics and has a very personal perspective. Noga plays hip hop and electro-pop, and her music draws from her unique experience to create songs the rest of the world can step inside.
ALEX SKYE This is a tribute to Jewish song writers and composers, curated by Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier.
The centrepiece event of FOJAM, Song of Songs brings together a musically different array of classical Australian singers who were hand-picked by festival patrons Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier to perform a favourite song by a Jewish composer. This was led by an all-star backing band and promises to show the depth of Jewish artists' contributions to our music history.
ALMA ZYGIER Alma Zygier's has a very emotional approach to performance and her singing style draws from the pre-war jazz era where foundational artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong were so popular.
BRAM PRESSER Bram was an early punk-shofar pioneer who was the go-to shofar player for the Jewish community in his native Melbourne, Australia. However, he is known as the frontman for the comedic Jewish punk band Yidcore.
EMILIA Rising soul sensation Emilia has only recently brought out her first solo single, but has been a regular face on the jazz scene for years. A member of soul-groove outfit The Mamas and formerly of Emilia and the Scarlettes, this Jewish diva has been wowing audiences around the world with her distinctively performances.
Berlin-based artist Eden Fainberg virtually grew up with a pencil in hand, doing a lot of art in her childhood. She grew up in Jerusalem, served her service in the Israeli army, and early-20s travelling in New Zealand.
This is just some of these more than 64 performers and you can check out the rest at this website. There are some really fascinating entertainers in this lot! You can see the venues, dates etc. on this link also. You can also check out the bookings at this link.