Shai Tsabari & the Middle East Groove All Stars

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Shai Tsabari and the Middle East Groove All Stars

Thursday, August 25, 8:00 p.m.

About the Program

Born in Jaffa to a family of Yemeni Jews, Israeli singer-songwriter Shai Tsabari, accompanied by the Middle East Groove All Stars, creates an upbeat, uplifting sound at the intersection of Middle Eastern music and contemporary rock.

Drawing from the diverse musical influences of Tsabari’s upbringing—his father was a cantor, his grandmother introduced him to Yemenite percussion instruments, and his older brother collected 1960s and 1970s American rock albums—Tsabari’s music combines Middle Eastern instrumentation such as the oud, doumbec, and tar with guitar, bass, drums, trombone, and electronics. By experimenting with sounds and incorporating traditional Jewish liturgy into his lyrics, Tsabari is at the forefront of a growing movement of Israeli rock musicians who are redefining what it means to be both Middle Eastern and Jewish.

Arrive early to enjoy a DJ set by Yatrika Shah-Rais.

More to Explore

Watch Shai Tsabari and the Middle East Groove All Stars perform at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow.

Check out a selection of tracks by this year’s Sunset Concerts artists.

Sponsors

THE 2016 SUNSET CONCERTS SEASON IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:
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