“The music of Yinon Muallem, who is now the cultural attache in Israel’s Istanbul consulate, embodies all that can be good about Israeli-Turkish relations.”
So begins the article by Benny Ziffer in Haaretz. Yinon Muallem, whose latest CD is titled ‘Nefes’ (breath), is well-known and greatly admired for his music in Turkey. Muallem is the son of the musicologist, David Muallem, who wrote a book on Arab scales and modes. Music provides a very effective medium for multi-ethnic, multi-faith collaboration that can transcend borders and illustrate commonalities. This is certainly the case with Middle Eastern Jewish, Arab, and Turkish music and there is often a large Sufi influence at play. To read the full, and very interesting, article at Haaretz just click here or on the image. I hope to bring more examples of Israeli, Arab, and Turkish music in further posts.