All Shye, all the time

If you haven’t already, meet 2012 Festival headliner Shye Ben Tzur. An Israeli composer, producer, and performer, Shye creates an intoxicating musical fusion that draws on Hebrew, Middle Eastern, and Indian influences. Catch his main stage festival performance (and North American debut) Sunday September 2 at 8pm!

Shye was recently interviewed by Tamara Kramer of Montreal’s Shtetl on the Shortwave about his music, his inspiration, and the connection between Israel and India. Listen to some audio clips below, or hear the full version here.

Finally, post-festival, Ashkenaz is proud to join a wonderful group of community partners in presenting Shye along with the Rajasthan Gypsies at Size Doesn’t Matter‘s Bindaas, an evening celebrating the fusion of Israeli and Indian music culture taking place September 6. Learn more about the event here.

See you there!

Shtetl on the Shortwave // “Shye Ben Tzur – Clip 2″

Shtetl on the Shortwave // “Shye Ben Tzur – Clip 1″

Ashkenaz in the National Post

On August 1, The National Post selected the Ashkenaz Festival to be included in their “Month Ahead” feature! This inclusion was on the front page of the Arts & Life section which reaches an audience of over 420,000 people. So mark your calendar and save the date: the Festival begins on the 28th of August and concludes on the 3rd of September. It’s great to be featured in this way and helps make the Festival lead-up atmosphere even more exciting! Keep an eye out over the coming months for more Ashkenaz-related promotion and information in media outlets all throughout Toronto…