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Fragments Concert with Yoni Battat Ensemble (Hybrid)

Fragments is a collection of original and traditional music that invites listeners into the complexity of Yoni Avi Battat’s fragmented Iraqi-Jewish identity. Inspired by traditional Arab musical forms, the project combines Hebrew, Arabic, English, and Yiddish lyrics to express the fragmenting effects of migration, lost languages, colonialism, assimilation, and erasure. Described as “an education for the ear and the soul,” this concert aims to complicate and nuance your understanding of Arab and Jewish history, culture, and identity. In doing so, Fragments offers visibility and recognition for the many unseen Middle Eastern Jews in America, while making room for listeners of all backgrounds to find resonance and healing in its message.

Please consider joining us for the evening, beginning with Shabbat services and dinner prior to the concert.

Registration: This event is available in person and on Live Stream.  Prior registration is not required. To join us online, click here at the start of the concert.

About the Artist:
Yoni Avi Battat (he/him) is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer, celebrating his diverse Jewish ancestry through music. He maintains an active performance schedule across the country and internationally, playing violin, viola, and oud (middle-eastern lute) in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects spanning a wide range of styles. In 2015, Yoni founded his own Yiddish-Jazz band called Two Shekel Swing, which has since released their debut album “Pocket Change,” performed in Toronto’s Jewish Music Week, and opened for Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, amongst other public appearances. Learn more