“Jews can be anti-Semites too!” is the title of Jewish settlers outlet Israel National News' article dedicated to my work by one Manfred Gerstenfeld. Needless to mention that being subject to a smear campaign led by the Israeli ultra nationalist outlet is pretty much the kind of publicity I wish for. However, I would point out to Gerstenfeld that his title is slightly misleading. Jews are not Semites and I haven't even been a Jew for two decades now.
The Israeli Lobby dominates American, British and French foreign affairs. Even the Palestinian solidarity movement is shy of the topic. Why? Because the Palestinian solidarity movement is also dominated by similar Jewish institutions such as JVP, JFJFP etc. In other words, the voice of the oppressed is shaped by the oppressor and oppressor’s sensitivities.
The one question Americans want to ask themselves is how did it happen that, despite Archie being one of the most beloved characters on American TV, America has become a nation of meatheads, suppressed by the tyranny of correctness and identitarian sensitivities.
The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.
The documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine.
The Village Under The Forest is co-directed by Emmy-winner Mark Kaplan and scholar and poet Heidi Grunebaum. If the music sounds familiar to you, it is because you may recognise me in it.
Every day I learn about more friends who happen to find out about their Twitter accounts being terminated for criticising Israel. The latest is Jo Stowell, Jo is a genius photographer, a staunch opponent of the Jewish lobby as well as a master Twitterati and a supporter of the right for free speech. I spoke with Jo this morning
Along the years the JNF performed a crude attempt to eliminate Palestinian civilisation and Palestinian past but it also tried to make Palestine look like Europe. The Palestinian natural forest was eradicated. Similarly the olive trees were uprooted. The pine trees took their place.
On Sunday 11th December I will be at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. A very special gig, We will be playing Orient House Ensemble music for the first time in the USA.
I will give a post-election talk on Wednesday 14th 7pm on Identity, Diversity And Soil - The Collapse Of The Liberal Utopia.
Workshop from 09–13 August 2016, concerts from 08–14 August 2016
Jazz, improvisation and education combined with a music festival. An intense week of tuition, concerts and jam sessions for all levels, led by some of the world’s best teachers and performers.
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain's most celebrated saxophonists, join forces for a special performance at Hideaway. Expect an evening of humour and superb music by a hand-chosen band of jazz stars!
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain’s most celebrated virtuoso reeds players, join forces to produce an unforgettable jazz night of superb music spiced up with great humour.
Blib-Blob may have summed it up. The blistering bebop-ish theme twisted and leapt through the rhythm changes sequence, tenor (Gilad Atzmon) and alto (Alan Barnes) locked together. The groove though, was a self-consciously heavy handed, funky shuffle injecting a subversive flavour into the passionate blowing, a riotously serious delivery that pervaded the whole evening. This was Atzmon and Barnes with Atzmon’s regular, equal to and up for anything rhythm section of Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higinbottom on drums.
Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble is giving away their track Gaza Mon Amour in return for donations to PTC(UK) Palestine Trauma Centre UK via I Give You Give!
PTC(UK) Palestine Trauma Centre UK
Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) supports Gaza’s mental health and community workers. It has direct links with Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza City. By supporting us you will help - Deliver Therapeutic Approaches to Children and Families in Palestine - Provide Resilience to Traumatised People - Give Specialist Psychological Training & Supervision
Despite Alan and Gilad’s very different backgrounds and approaches, their love of bop and post-bop as well as their mutual respect both professionally and personally makes the collaboration natural – it’s early days but I am sure more co-penned numbers will emerge and a CD will ensue.