brothers' performance provided a multimedia climax on the third day
of the "devet bran-festival".
After successful appearances i.a. in Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Sofia,
London and Paris, the brothers presented a completely new routine.
"Songs hand-hammered in copper" is a musical hommage by the Livnat
brothers to their famous grandfather, Arie Merser. The Yiddish
author, Izik Manger, once wrote to him: "Chagall, the Russian Jew,
you the Polish and I the Rumanian Jew, each in his unique way shows
that, despite the many generations that have passed by, we have
never forgotten our Biblical heritage."
In their music Aviv and Arik seize upon this continuity by
establishing a colloquy between traditional Jewish melodies (but
also works from the Shoah) and modern jazz as well as soul.
Running in the background behind the stage are projected scenes from
an Eastern European shtetl hammered by Arie Merser into copper.
Here, as well, a connection to the reality of the present was
created. The din of modern army heliocopters drowns out the alef-bet
of Eastern European cheder. The Livnat brothers dedicate one song to
their father, who lost his life as a pilot in one of Israel's wars.
The predominately young Prague audience got its money's worth
viewing this effectual blend of traditional klezmer and modern jazz.
To comfort all those who missed this concert, the Livnat brothers
play once again tonight in Pilsen.
Hammering out Yiddish tunes
haGalil onLine 20-11-2000