Shalem, a massive, one-time performance of original music filled with groove that was played on broken, abandoned, or worn out instruments from all over the city, tried to heal Jerusalem. It created harmony out of broken instruments and composed a new, whole voice out of the discordant sounds.
For one night, full of splendor and majesty, we filled Jerusalem with a harmonious sound that resonated from broken instruments. Under the night sky and meshed together on a huge 360° stage were 100 musicians armed with instruments that didn’t exactly work and didn’t exactly fit. Professional and amateur, young and old, locals and guests. Instruments from the East and the West that have known better days and are now distinguishable by their flaws.
The instruments, which took center stage, were gathered from all over throughout the year. Each with its own imperfection and with a mark that it has left on its owner. We listened to these broken instruments with a sympathetic ear, brushed off the dust, exposed their inner beauty, and wrote, especially for them, a composition that gave voice to the magic that time stole from them. We then matched up musician to instrument, sound to score, and asked three local composers – Maya Dunietz, Nizar Elkhater, and Dudu Tassa – to turn all of this into one complete work. Tom Cohen and the Jerusalem Orchestra East and West arranged these melodies into a unique, poignant concert that draws the capacity to heal out of what has been fractured.
released September 12, 2019
Artistic Director: Emmanuel Witzthum
Joint Musical Direction: Emmanuel Witzthum and Tom Cohen
Conductor: Tom Cohen
Composers: Maya Dunietz, Nizar Elkhater, and Dudu Tassa
Project Manager: Ayelet Givoni
Head Producer: Carmi Wurtman
Leading Orchestra: Jerusalem Orchestra East West
Participating Orchestras: Jerusalem Street Orchestra, Las Piratas Piratas and dozens of musicians from all over the city
Directors: Ari Teperberg, Michal Vaknin
Lighting: Alon Cohen
Production Coordinator and Community Management: Tama Castel
Responsibility for Musical Instruments: Efrat Ben Tzur