TEEV Events, producer of The Idan Raichel Project (concert) have confirmed the participations of three world-renowned guest artists that will make special appearances during both performances at Town Hall on January 12and 13. These artists are Palestinian- Israeli vocalist; Mira Awad, world- renowned Israeli multi-culti jazz artist; Amir Gwirtzman and acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter; Somi.
Mira Awad is a Palestinian-Israeli, singer, songwriter and actress, living in Israel. Born in Rama village in the Galilee, to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother, Mira has collaborated with a wide range of world-famous musicians: Israeli star NOA, Greek singer George Dalaras, hip hop artist Guy Mar, world famous opera star Andrea Bocelli and with legendary Bobby McFerrin. She represented Israel in the Eurovision song contest in 2009 alongside NOA with the song "There Must Be Another Way" from their duet album carrying the same name, released by Universal Music. She was signed as a Sony Spain artist in 2011 and released her second album All My Faces with Spanish musical producer Carlos Jean. Mira is identified internationally with humanitarian agendas, and has dedicated most of her career to raising a call for peace.
Amir Gwirtzman, a world-renowned Israeli multi-culti jazz artist, masters more than 20 different woodwinds from all over the world as a one-man band called Inhale-Exhale. Gwirtzman infuses Inhale-Exhale with a combination of R&B, jazz and rhythms of Cuban jazz, along with Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Jewish klezmer, Armenian, Irish Celtic and Native American influences. Gwirtzman has performed and recorded over the past 3 decades with many artists, such as Sleeping Camels, Philip Glass (notably the Olympic Opening Ceremony of 1996), Mino Cinelu, Johnny Almendra (Ray Barreto & Mongo Santamaria's Big-Band), as well as some of Israel's finest musicians, including Rita, Shlomo Artzi, Rami Kleinstein, Yehuda Poliker, Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch, Shlomi Shabbat, Gidi Gov and Ofra Haza.
Somi, an acclaimed vocalist & songwriter, was born in Illinois to East African parents whose careers as diplomats and professors exposed her to music and culture from all over the world. Somi has lived in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, and now makes her home in New York City, where she performs regularly. Somi has released four albums, which feature her unique blend of jazz, African music and soul. Often compared to Miriam Makeba and Sarah Vaughn, Somi's rich, unique voice was featured on the last Idan Raichel Project studio album, Within My Walls.