© 2018 by Jennifer Greenberg

Music

Not your average Joe

There are very few musicians who are genuinely humble. There are even fewer musicians who can open for B.B. King before reaching puberty, produce a prolific 13 albums in 18 years, collect enough guitars to supply a cavalry, yet still keep that modesty intact...

Love in the time of cigarettes

When Greg Gonzalez answers the phone in his Brooklyn apartment, I find myself wondering how a small-town El Paso boy ends up in New York with a hit album, a spotlight on hit TV series The Handmaid’s Tale and...

To Infinity and beyond: Adam Baxter paints an honest portrait in his new album

Newfoundland-based solo artist Adam Baxter is a rare breed. Whether factoring his wife, three cats, and 300 students into the touring equation, or booking one of those students as his opener, Baxter not only shoots for the stars, he reaches 'Infinity'...

The beat generation

Women are a force to be reckoned with in Tel Aviv’s electronic dance music scene. Ahead of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, we learn why the vibrant host city has spawned so many stereotype-breaking female artists...

Lisa Simone: "I'm the legacy walking. For this legacy, I’m choosing to live on from a place of joy, love and peace"

Lisa Simone is a believer: in humanity, authenticity, the healing effects of music and the power of pure positivity. While she honors her mother, music legend Nina Simone, in every one of albums, her newest offering...

The Bad Plus never stop

Every jazz trio starts off as a blind chemistry experiment: add equal parts piano, bass, drums. Stir gently. Observe. The chances of obtaining conclusive results are typically slim; there is nothing typical about Reid Anderson, Dave King and Ethan Iverson...

Love, lust and loss

Why is this night different from all other nights? “On this night, I lie in bed, hugging my girlfriend. On this night, she bursts into tears. On this night, I ask her what happened, and she replies, ‘This is exactly how he held me when he attacked me...

In the blink of an eye

Ester Rada has seen the world through many different eyes. Born in Kiryat Arba only one year after her parents emigrated from Ethiopia, she grew up in constant battle between her insular home life and the outside world...

TSO conductor to take baton to Israel

Peter Oundjian has played a dynamic role in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, after several difficult years of dwindling audiences and patrons, the Toronto-born conductor stepped in to resurrect the TSO... 

Ethiopian-Israeli singer tells his story and that of a culture

Many musicians share fond memories of a first piano recital — coiffed, quiffed and ready for one part charm, two parts humiliation. Others smile while remembering the first Arik Einstein song they clunked out on their hand-me-down guitar...

What happens in the bedroom

Oren Lavie's sophomore album "Bedroom Crimes" is like dark chocolate: bitter, yet oddly addictive. A jack of all artistic trades, even his natural speaking voice sways to a slow, dreamy compound meter...

Empress of empowerment: an interview with A-WA's Tair Haim

From the first time A-WA hit the stage, the three Yemenite sisters have been dropping jaws, raising eyebrows and making people dance. Liron, Tagel and Tair Haim are the bright faces and colorful garb behind...

Setting the mau5 trap

On June 8, the underground electronic scene will take over Rishon Lezion’s Live Park for XL Extra Loud. After years of chasing, promoter Avi Yossef of Zappa Herzliya finally caught Toronto-born DJ Deadmau5 to headline the event...

Ahead of Tel Aviv appearance: Sofi Tukker's idea of success

Still dreamy-eyed and fresh in their careers, the Grammy nominated New York-based duo has already conquered the electronic world; now, the two are about to take on Tel Aviv...

Thinking outside the pastry box

From jams in a smoky Berlin basement to a "world-wide-touring, three-headed music-making monster," Buttering Trio’s simultaneous album releases are far from cookie-cutter...