Representations of Place and Time
With music, words, and images, the musicians in Israel's ethnic music scene map the past, present, and future of their cultural terrain. They refer to places, times, and heritages through their choices of titles for compositions, albums, and ensembles. The images in their publicity and CD covers are tools for evoking particular historical, geographical, and cultural associations, while the texts of publicity materials and liner notes convey more explicit messages that reiterate or augment these images. Compared to Alei Hazayit and Bustan Abraham, Yair Dalal has deployed the richest array of symbols with his lushly illustrated, multipage CD booklets, his numerous referential composition titles, and the press materials that adorn his Web site. Members of Bustan Abraham were strikingly wary of political interpretations. Their Live Concerts, issued two years after the group's demise, bears the trace of that sociopolitical reality on the band's oeuvre.
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