- October 12, 2013
- 8:00 pm
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
In 2003, an unusual song aired on Israeli radio. With its haunting chorus in the Ethiopian language of Amharic and a global fusion sound, "Bo'ee" became an instant crossover hit that catapulted The Idan Raichel Project to the top of Israel's pop charts. The song turned a young dreadlocked keyboardist and producer into a household name in his native land. Soon, The Idan Raichel Project became known around the world for its cross-cultural collaborations. Since the release of their first international album, The Idan Raichel Project has represented a hope that artistic collaboration can break down barriers between different backgrounds and beliefs.
Idan Raichel, the architect of this unique project, is a keyboardist, producer, and composer. He started playing the accordion (which he likes to call "the uncoolest instrument ever") when he was nine. Even at this early age he was attracted to Gypsy music and tango.
As a young man, Idan became a successful recording session musician for popular singers. After helping others, Idan began a project that reflected his own musical ideals in a studio he set up in the basement of his parent's home near Tel Aviv....