We’ve told you about our headlining international band, Nefesh Mountain. Now we are super excited to reveal the first of our 25 local and interstate acts. In typical Shir Madness fashion, it’s a truly eclectic mix of super talented Jewish performers covering almost every conceivable style of music. Something for every true music lover.
ILAN KIDRON & GLASS
Ilan Kidron is a Platinum certified artist and APRA and ARIA award winner. As lead singer of the EDM band the Potbelleez he co-wrote their No 5 hit ‘Don’t Hold Back’. Singing effortlessly in over 5 languages Ilan is not only a versatile entertainer but also an in-demand co-writer and producer, having worked with artists including Ricky Martin, Jesica Mauboy and Tina Arena.
With his band Glass, Ilan performs breathtaking new takes on old world classics and wicked twists on the contemporary: Paris to New Orleans to Rio and beyond! Insanely enjoyable and masterful, the Glass musicians, including Jonathan Zwartz and Eddie Bronson, have toured with the likes of Grace Jones, Usher and Branford Marsalis. Ilan Kidron & Glass promise to kickstart the festival into a dance frenzy.
As one of Australia’s foremost composers, widely acknowledged and awarded around the world, Elena Kats-Chernin's colourful, vibrant and uplifting music has featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
She has received many prestigious prizes such as the Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian, and Sydney Theatre Awards and an Individual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2013). Attracting commissions from the world’s leading opera, ballet, and theatre companies.
TEMPLE OF SONG
Temple of Song was founded by Israeli musicians Amir Paiss and Avishai Barnatan, multi-instrumentalists, performers and music producers and co-founders of Internationally acclaimed Israeli band Sheva and later their Australian band Hamsa.
Joined by multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Shai Shriki Temple of Song marry music and spirit, leading a singing circle that weaves prayers, original texts and compositions in a total soulful musical experience that will have everyone singing!
Born and bred in Sydney, Helpmann Award nominee Alexis Fishman has lived in New York City since 2008 and performs extensively in cabaret and off-Broadway theatre. Before moving to New York Alexis starred in some of Australia’s biggest musicals including Dusty, Shout! and the award-winning Sydney premiere of Kiss of The Spiderwoman.
Alexis’ body of work has gravitated almost wholly to Jewish themes and she prides herself on taking on Jewish topics and presenting them with a twist. Her new show "Amy: Reimagined" is a cabaret celebrating the life and music of Amy Winehouse, a “little Jewish girl from North London” who went to Hebrew school and celebrated Shabbat on Friday nights.
SIMON TEDESCHI & ROGER BENEDICT
Australia’s favourite classical pianist, Simon Tedeschi returns to Shir Madness with Roger Benedict, in a program of lyrical, Romantic music by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Sergei Rachmaninov and Hans Gal, a Jewish composer who fled Vienna in WWII.
Winner of Australia’s Young Performer of the Year, USA’s Creativity Foundation Legacy Award, and the NY Young Jewish Pianist Award, Simon has performed for concert audiences, royalty and world leaders from Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. Roger Benedict is Principal Viola at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, following years in the same position at the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, and is also Artistic Director and Conductor for the SSO Fellowship program.
BAGHDAD TO BONDI – with George Mordecai
Cantor George Mordecai weaves his rich cultural heritage into his work as a performer and cantor. Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi Jews from India and Singapore, he was immersed in the musical and liturgical traditions of his family. Prior to receiving Cantorial investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, George worked for many years at the Emanuel synagogue.
George has performed Sephardic and Judeo-Iraqi liturgical repertoire in concert halls and synagogues around the world and was also a member of the Renaissance Players, a Sydney based renowned early music ensemble. With the group Baghdad to Bondi, featuring the most exotic of Eastern musicians and their instruments, George will perform a beautiful selection of Sephardic music.
Musical comedian Jude Perl has established herself as a comedian who presents “hilarious and painfully spot-on observations” mixed with undeniably catchy songs. Endearing silliness mixed with profound social commentary. Jude has won 3 consecutive Green Room Awards for Best Original Songs for her solo shows.
A prolific songwriter, Jude’s debut album ‘Modern Times’ was produced in LA by Grammy award winning engineer Brian Paturalski (Outkast ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’). Whilst in LA, Jude also worked with Colin Hay (Men At Work) recording one of her album tracks with him at his studio and singing backing vocals on his album ‘Next Year People’.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW
When: 11:00am to 10:00pm Sunday 7 October 2018 Where: Emanuel Synagogue, Ocean Street, Woollahra
General Admission:$75 + booking fee ($85 on the day)
Discount: A further 10% discount available to Emanuel Synagogue members. If you are a member (names will be checked against membership records) on the Enter Details screen simply enter the discount code: emanuel member
As a volunteer not only will you get free entry to the festival, but you will also receive a T-Shirt featuring this year’s uber cool Shir Madness design. There are lots of jobs available for volunteers to perform either before or on the day of the festival. To volunteer please complete our online application form: https://shirmadness.com/volunteer/
One of our friendly volunteers! Photo courtesy Russell Port