Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast

The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviews the latest Israeli and Jewish artists and covers a wide range of styles from Carlebach, cantorial, klezmer, Israeli trance, Mizrachi, rock, Sephardic, hasidic and everything in between. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. IsraelBeat broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Can Non-Jews Play Klezmer? Tim Sparks does on his new CD

Can a Gentile play Jewish music? Which is more Jewish? Barbra Steisand's Christmas album or Tim Sparks' klezmer album? Find out in this in depth interview with non-Jewish jazz guitar virtuoso Tim Sparks on his new CD 'Little Princess', which gives Naftule Brandwein, the 1920s king of the klezmer clarinet, a smooth instrumental jazz treatment.

Plus hot new Israeli songs including hip hop from SHI 360, Hebrew dancehall reggae from Hatikva 6, upbeat Latin tinged soul from Kobi Aflalo, and groovy Israeli pop from Dor Daniel.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Beatbox Klezmer with Yiddishe Cup

Bert Stratton of the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band talks about their new CD 'Klezmer Guy' which features traditional klezmer as well as neo-Borsht Belt comedy, hip-hop and sci fi. Bert plays clarinet while his son DJ Paradiddle beatboxes and does hip-hop klezmer remixes. Bert discusses his new blog about his exciting adventures of selling real estate in Cleveland, Ohio, including a run in with a Jewish Puerto Rican female boxer / hairdresser.

Plus 'One Day' the brand new single from Matisyahu, classic Israeli rock from Danny Sanderson of Kaveret and upbeat neo-Carlebach with Daniel Gil.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tribute to Jewish Jazz Legend Arnie Lawrence

In this classic episode from 2005 the influential jazz educator Arnie Lawrence takes over the studio with 10 of his students and fellow musicians. In one of his last interviews, Arnie talks about his work in music education in Israel, his philosophy on music and humanity and his history with the Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show Band and numerous other jazz legends throughout the years.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Soothing Piano with Melech B'n Arieh

Classical pianist Melech B'n Arieh's new CD Lech Lecha features soothing piano concertos based on hasidic melodies, a tribute to the victims of the attacks in Mumbai, India, as well as exotic Sephardic sounds. Hear about how a chance stop at a kosher deli led him to seek Jewish spirituality. Plus cool music from Jordan Chaviv, Adi Ran, the Bat Ayin Band, and DJ Yahel.