The Magnes | Visiting Artist 2014

Yair Harel is a world-renowned Israeli performer, artistic director,
and community organizer, active in the revival and contemporary
interpretation of the art of piyyut (liturgical Hebrew poetry). Born in
Jerusalem, Harel received a Jewish education before going on to study
in Israel and France. Over the last twelve years, Harel has been focusing
on exploring, teaching and performing traditional Jewish music. Harel is
one if the main figures behind the “Piyut” scene that has revolutionized
Israeli musical culture, and is a founding member of the “Singing
Communities Project” in Israel. He is the founder of the Invitation to
Piyut and the artistic director of the Jerusalem Piyut Festival.
Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music with Robert Alter and
Yair Harel
Thursday November 13, 2014, 7-9 PM
Hebrew poems (piyyutim), chanted for centuries across the Diaspora, have
been adapted to different melodies, evolving into a form of “Jewish world
music” with roots in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle
East. This singing tradition has also entered secular life in Israel through public
performances, workshops, and performing arts festivals, and is now spreading
to North America. The program will include a reading of Hebrew poems, and
the performance of traditional and contemporary musical interpretations.
THE MAGNES COLLECTION OF JEWISH ART AND LIFE
THE BANCROFT LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
2121 ALLSTON WAY, BERKELEY, CA 94704
510.643.2526 • MAGNES.ORG
Jewish Nightlife: A Concert Featuring UC Berkeley Students
directed by Yair Harel
Thursday December 18, 2014, 5-7 PM
Jewish Nightlife is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the nexus between the
ritual performance of Jewish texts and social changes across Jewish history,
including Hebrew poetry, music, and synagogue liturgy in Europe, in North
Africa, the Middle East, and present-day Israel. The program will include both
solo and ensemble performances by UC Berkeley students and participants in
the Piyut North America project at The Magnes, led by Yair Harel.
Yair Harel’s residency is supported by the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program of the Israel Institute