From klezmer to dabkah in haifa and weimar: Revisiting disrupted histories in the key of D

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During the summer of 2017, a musically and culturally diverse group of fifteen young musicians from Haifa, Israel, and fifteen from Weimar, Germany, came together for ten days in each city to form the "Caravan Orchestra," a new ensemble that sought to reopen lost musical connections between cognate Jewish, Arabic, and European repertories. Seeking to explore an "often-overlooked historical, transnational cultural matrix" rooted in the long arc of the Ottoman empire, the Caravan project proved to be a wider voyage of discovery, in which a large group of stakeholders from two countries-ethnomusicologists, musicians, students, funders and institutions-explored what such a conversation might entail. Like many intensive musical projects, the Caravan Orchestra was a transformative experience for many of those involved, marked by the exhilaration of producing good music on a concert stage and validated by audience applause, dancing and ovations. Yet beyond aesthetic satisfaction, what kind of insights can such a project offer into the "disrupted musical histories " that it seeks to explore? In this article, I explore this question via three elements of the Caravan experience: Musicianship, repertory, and identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
JournalWorld of Music
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2018

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