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Chai For All’s classy multi-national musicians flit between jazz-tinged Jewish klezmer, emotive middle-eastern folk and powerful Yiddish song, between old ballads of soulful yearning and rousing dance tunes. Engaging, accomplished, wholly entertaining.

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Chai For All (Hebrew chai ‘life’) is a multinational, multilingual ensemble touring middle eastern and Jewish music sets and music & spoken word performances both nationally and internationally. Its concerts celebrate the rich Yiddish song and klezmer wedding and dance traditions. Its two most recent music and storytelling shows explored the 1917 Balfour Declaration that led to the creation of the State of Israel and the Palestinians' loss of their homeland (Longing, Belonging & Balfour), and told of the many personal acts of Palestinian rebellion against Israeli repression, from reviving native seed stocks to preserving and promoting traditional music (Our Homeland Lives in Us: Longing, Belonging & Palestine).

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Exciting and entertaining, Chai For All plays jazz-tinged klezmer, Old World Yiddish folk and New World Yiddish theatre songs, on a magnificent musical journey from the haunted Central- and Eastern European shtetls, through the dimly-lit basement bars of tango-crazed Buenos Aires, to the vibrant neighbourhoods of swinging New York. Impassioned female vocals lead the party, against a joyous backing of trumpet, guitar and percussion.

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An evocative music & spoken word performance marking the centenary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration that led to the creation of the State of Israel, the Palestinians' loss of their homeland and the unleashing of one of the bitterest conflicts of modern times. Weaving together Jewish, Palestinian and British stories, this is a riveting study of the complexities of history.  

Compelling history; captivating music; exquisite songs; vibrant storytelling; devastating stories.

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A music & spoken word performance illuminating the many personal acts of Palestinian rebellion against Israeli repression, from reviving native seed stocks to preserving and promoting traditional music . 

A collaboration between members of Dar Al Musika (Beit Sahour, Palestine) and the Chai For All Ensemble (Bristol, UK). 

Special guest: Palestinian composer, singer and bağlama player Zaid Hilal. 

Researched in the Occupied Territories, the stories feature inspiring pioneers such as seed-gatherer Vivien Sansour and UNESCO World Heritage Site co-creator Hassan Muamer of Battir village, and are accompanied by ravishing and original Palestinian music and visuals.

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