4 thoughts on “Harps in Heaven – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Absolutely beautiful.

    And since you mentioned your child-care responsibilities, can you share an update on how your family is doing? In the early days you sometimes posted about some of those travails. Hope the children are well!

  2. RS-
    Thanks for posting the youtube link. It is a beautiful piece, nicely performed. Had a nice time listening to it.

    As much as we disagree on many things, it seems we do have a lot in common when it comes to music, which as you implied transcends many obstacles and barriers.

    ” If we could get Israelis and Palestinians collaborating in this way, they couldn’t kill each other.”

    True words I can’t agree with more. Yet politics and power on both sides make this difficult. I remember reading about some musical collaborations in the past and I’ve heard Bustan Abraham performances. I saw that there is a book (CD?) called “Playing across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters” by Benjamin Brinner, so it seems that there has been some attempt at this approach.

    I had a friend who was acting as a Fixer/Producer Consultant for a PBS radio show highlighting a Christmas-time Young People’s Master’s Class performance (I cannot remember the guest Conductor who held the classes) in Ramallah. I thought it would be a great idea for the following year to do a joint session with Israelis… the Producer agreed but alas, the Palestinian side (in this case) wanted nothing to do with Israel…. it was a real shame, for the very reason you mentioned above…. and before you jump down my throat for “only citing a negative Palestinian position”. I have no doubt the reverse would/could have happened on the Israeli side.

    The point is I agree and would look forward to joint musical ventures between Palestinians and Israelis. There’s always room for new and great music in the world.

    1. Joint performances between Israelis & Palestinians are tricky as Daniel Barenboim has discovered. Though I completely support his West East Diwan Orchestra, Palestinian BDS ideological purists like Mustafa Barghouti have excoriated him for doing such projects.

      As the far superior power, it will take Israel ending Occupation before such normalization can occur.

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