Across the Blue Sea

A concert of Israeli, Armenian, Greek and Turkish songs of the Mediterranean Sea Come to Sing and
Dance with The Yuval Ron Ensemble LIVE

Who: The Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring the powerful voice of
Hagai Batzri and special guests the Gypsy Roma musicians of
Istanbul. The concert will include musicians Norik Manoukian
(woodwind), Virginie Alimian (kanoun), Jamie Papish
(percussion), David Martinelli (percussion), Yuval Ron (Oud and
musical director) and the Gypsy Roma musicians: Master clarinet
virtuoso Ferit Benli and percussionist, Ali Durac (darbuka).

Where: Temple Emanuel 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA
When: Thursday July 5th at 8:00 PM
Admission: Advance tickets online are $20 at and tickets are $30 at the door.

Across the Blue Sea features music of the Mediterranean area,
specifically Israeli Armenian Greek and Turkish folk and sacred
songs. In addition to the musicians in the Yuval Ron Ensemble,
the concert will feature singer Hagai Batzri, a powerful Iraqi
Jewish vocalist and rabbi who specializes in Middle Eastern style
singing. The program will also feature two master gypsy
musicians, Ferit Benli and Ali Durace, who specialize in Gypsy
Roma Turkish music for their only appearance in Los Angeles.
Additionally, the program will include dancer Maya G. Karasso
who has danced with Sting on his desert rose concert tour.

Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate
national, racial, religious, and cultural divides by uniting the
music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique
mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The
ensemble unites Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have
been actively involved in creating musical bridges between
people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. The
ensemble unties the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism
(Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church
into an unusual musical celebration. Bringing together artists
from Arabic, Jewish and Christian ancestry the Yuval Ron
Ensemble is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Middle
Eastern cultures and religions.

The ensemble was invited by King of Morocco to present the
Judeo-Arabic Andalusi music at the International Fez Festival of
Sacred Music in June 2009. In April of 2008, the Ensemble was
invited to headline the benefit concert for Seeds of Compassion
the Dalai Lama s conference in Seattle, WA. In 2002 and
2005, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred
Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American-
based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International
Peace Festival 05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was
chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the national
Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and it s
cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in
Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to
introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at
the International Chihuahua Festival and in 2007 it was featured
in the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, Israel.

Composer and Oud master, Yuval Ron works across different
media and styles, actively seeking new forms of interchange and
collaboration between musicians and other artists. His
compositions have served as soundtracks for television programs
and films such as Oliver Twist (UPN Newtork) and To Life (a CBS
special), to dance works with the innovative
dancer/choreographer Oguri (with music from these
collaborations recorded on tow CDs, In Between the Heartbeat
and In The Shadows), to concert works fro chorus, orchestra, and
cello. He has also served as an impresario, helping to organize
concerts at the UCLA Hammer Museum highlighting the diversity
of musical styles to be found in the Los Angeles area.

But for many, Yuval is known for his deeply moving pan-Middle
Eastern music. This group at once unites the music and peoples
of the Middle East, incorporating elements of Armenian,
Levantine, Arabic, Bedouin, Sephardic, and other stylings to
create a fusion that is at once deeply traditional and still boldly
innovative. His recordings include One and One Truth (with
renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek), Under the
Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle East, featuring the
spectacular young Arabic singer Najwa Gibran, Tree of Life and
Seeker of Truth also featuring Najway Gibran.

For more information, please contact 818-505-1355 or Yuval Ron can be reached directly
818-505-1355 or