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Concert Review: The Idan Raichel Project in Toronto

Racihel and a number of other artists played a nearly sold-out show in Toronto earlier last month.

By: Ilan Mester

Published: April 2nd, 2012 in Culture » Music » Reviews

Concert Review: The Idan Raichel Project in Toronto

Fans of the Idan Raichel Project have come to expect a few things from a Raichel concert: great music, high-energy performances and many many talented musicians and vocalists. The project delivered all of those things when Raichel and his fellow artists landed in Toronto to perform a nearly sold-out show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre earlier in March. The concert was part of Motek Cultural Initiative's inaugural gala.

The crowd went wild when Raichel entered the stage accompanied by more than 10 musicians and performers, including regulars such as singers Cabra Casay and Maya Avraham. The performers came from countries such as Brazil, Israel, Morroco and other parts of the world.

Raichel, known for his collaborations with artists from around the globe, performed songs along with the other artists on stage in many different languages. There were songs in Hebrew, Spanish and even French, among other languages.

This concert was more up-beat and energetic compared to the last time Raichel performed in Toronto at the same venue. Some of the arrangements were slightly different and Raichel performed new music, which added to the mix.

The combination of woodwind instruments with string instruments, brass instruments, a piano and drums worked really well. Certain songs required more of one type of instrument, which allowed individual musicians to shine. Many of the artists found interesting ways to create sounds; for example, one performer used water to make noise during one of the songs.

At multiple points throughout the show, the majority of the crowd got up from their seats to wave their hands and dance with excitement. Raichel and his friends definitely left the audience wanting more.

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