Fresh Sounds IL is a J-AIR radio show, hosted by singer-songwriter Shani Weiss that plays the newest music made in Israel by Israeli musicians. Israel has a vivacious, creative community of musicians constantly creating new fresh sounds of all genres from rock and pop to Mediterranean and Oriental.
On the show she will not only be playing music but conduct live interviews with musicians. Shani moved to Melbourne in October 2018 and is currently active in the Melbourne music scene as a music teacher and performer.
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14 Oct 2021, 8pm Fresh Sounds IL Orit Orbach, the amazing Clarinet soloist came on the show to tell her life story. Playing with orchestras all over the world, creating the all female Kleyzmer band – Eve’s women. Orbach shared music her family created during lockdown and recommended Noa Hochberg song – Lachzor el Hamikdash- Return to the temple, performed with her sister Shay Hochberg. Happy listening! Opening by Nir popliker and Voice artist Guy Rushiniak
7 Oct 2021, 8pm Fresh Sounds IL You can’t talk about Israeli rock music without mentioning Roxanne. The iconic rock club where legends of Israeli music started their musical careers like Aviv Geffen, Effo Hayeled, Berry Sacahruf, Hachaverim shel Natasha, Iggy Vaxman, Hamachshefot and many more.
30 Sep 2021, 8pm Fresh Sounds IL Finally back on air and in new studios! This time we had Amir Paiss a composer, musician, multi -instrumentalist, producer, poet, Somatic Experiencing practitioner and a facilitator of Healing through Music & Self Inquiry workshops. Studied Philosophy, Sufism, Jewish mysticism and Texts of the Kabbalah in the Tel Aviv University. He then continued to travel the world extensively and integrated music, spiritual disciplines and natural healing. For the 25 years Amir is performing, leading and facilitating music self-healing and interfaith workshops in Israel, Europe, The Americas & Australia. Co-Founder of Sheva the Hebrew-Arab music ensemble with which he performed in The U.S, Canada, Europe, Australia and Israel.
24 Mar 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Summing up this week of elections and preparing for seder night with songs for Lel Haseder in wonderful new arrangements. Happy Passover! Ittai Binnun – Andralmoussia (Mess) Max Pink – Shir Habchirot (Election Song) Total Vocal – Ani Maamin Cover (I Believe) Bilgo – Shumakom (Nowhere) May Lavie – Binyamin Sapir Volach – Vezacharti (And I Remembered) Kaley Haleprin – Kol Hamira Aron Razel – Ha Lachma Anya Akiva, Yonatan Razel & Natan Goshen – Vehi Sheamda Nir Cinamon – Betzet Israel Mimitzrayim Chava Alberstein – Chad Gadya Meir Ariel – Avarnu et Paroh (We Passed Paroh)
10 Mar 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Live in the studio singer songwriter Nir joined me with his guitar. Telling the tale of his musical journey in Israel and arriving in Melbourne two years ago, performing, creating music, teaching all in the midst of Covid. He played live in the studio along with songs from his previous album Bells Away and his current String quartet project. Follow Nir for upcoming show and have a great listen!
3 Mar 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Although a celebration is most appropriate I saw it fit to raise awareness to the rise of domestic violence due to home isolation’s of Covid-19. Life line numbers: Domestic violence Israel -6724* Australia -1800 737 732 – Safe Steps 1 800 015 188 Usa – 1 800 799 7233 The show started with Michal Amdursky’s ‘Kumi Ulechi’ – Get up and Go, a song written after hearing the horrific story of Shira Isakov, a woman seconds from being murdered by her husband was saved by the neighbors. Since Isakov, Diana Raz was not as lucky and lost her life to a gunshot shot by her husband in front of their young children. Following this opening we heard Efrat Gosh – ‘Krav Igruf’ – Boxing Match. Then ‘Chatzait Kan Kod Kod’ a stairic feminist cabaret trio covered the song ‘Beeretz Ahavati’ – In the Country that I Love, and they describe domestic violence of 2020 during lockdown. Describing a harsh reality where even though women are vulnerable, the police and government are busy giving out fines and worrying about their seat instead of pushing forward protective plans that are waiting for authorization from 2017. "Last night I heard the screaming, Loud voices behind the wall. Another sleepless night for me won’t do no good to call the police, always coming late, if they come at all" The words of Tracy Chapman from the song ‘Behind the Wall’ released in 1988, and alas over 30 years later and her words are still as relevant as the day they were written. Ending the domestic violence awareness part of the show with Dana Berger’s ‘Kumi Lechi’ – Get up and Go. Unfortunately, domestic violence is not the only worrying symptom women are subjected to, but sexual harassment and sexual assault are something that EVERY woman has gone through in some point in her life. Rape Crisis centers Israel 1202 Australia 1 800 806 292 USA 800 656 HOPE (4673) I then played Eviatar Banay’s song ‘Ekdach’ Gun- where he sings of perspective of a murderer, continuing to Tori Amos’s ‘Me and A Gun’, a song she wrote after being raped in Los Angeles, when she was 21. After she performed at a bar, a patron asked her if he could have a ride home. She obliged, and he raped her at knifepoint. Tori Amos released the song in her debut album in 1991, but her words, like Tracy Chapman’s are still relevant today and nothing has changed. Adi Cohen tell her tale with ‘Lakach Oti’ – Took Me as does Shani Peleg with ‘Chatulachbar’ – Catmouse. Songs of sexual assault released in the last few years. Shadayim Lemala are a feminist Punk Rock band that raise awareness to all these subjects through song. All their proceedings from their concerts are donated to rape crisi centre. In their song ‘Haashamat Hakorban’ – Blaming the victim they ask the questions the victim gets asked, as if not suffered enough. Why did you wear that slinky red thing? why were you alone? why didn’t you yell? why didn’t you run? why didn’t you say no? Why did you wait so long to tell? Even in stories with large media coverage like gang rapes the girls you will easily read in talk backs of blaming the girl- why did she drink so much? In a gang rape that occured in 1988 in Kibbutz Shomrat the gang of 8 were acquitted from lack of evidence or as the judge told the girl – she seems intelligent but her behavior is very promiscuous. Monica Sex tell a similar tale with their iconic song ‘Kol Hachvre’ – All the Gang written in 1994, but the same story happened in last August with four men and a 16 year old girl in Eilat. Yael Taub sums up all these incidents with her single – ‘Mafchid Lihiyot Isha’ Its scary to be a woman. It is. When a man walks alone in the street at night it is less likely that he will be prepared for an attack as a girl is. But all is not lost, we can change our reality! We can educated our sons to respect women and treat them kindly. We can raise awareness. We can fight to change the system. The future CAN change, it’s just on our hands to change it. I finished the show with Din DIn Aviv and Lead Shabat’s new single ‘Kol Ma Sheyesh Bach’ – All you have is you. I wish you all a hopeful future where we as women can feel empowered and strong. It is in our hands.
10 Feb 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Finally, a live interview face to face and what a privilege that it was Lior! Lior, Australian-Israeli singer songwriter, born is Israel, grew up in Sydney on the North Shores and is currently living with his family in Melbourne. We started the show with ‘This Old Love’ the breakthrough song from his first album – Autumn Flow released in 2004 that became a huge hit across Australia and catapulted Lior’s musical career. Another song from the album was ‘Bedouin Song’, where Lior told about a trip to Israel where he spent some time in the desert with the Bedouins. This malismatic piece opened doors to Australian musicians to explore different world music styles of singing. We went on to his projects and albums that followed his album, including side projects like a children’s album he co-wrote with Idea of North. We then spoke about his fourth album ‘Scattered Reflections’ and played ‘I Remember Me’ a song inspired by observing his son’s use of his imaginary world. ‘My Grandfather’, another single from the album was the story of his grandfather and Lior spoke about his connection and what an emotional process it was for him to right the song. Another amazing side project Lior took a major part in was ‘Compassion’ alongside Nigel Westlake, an orchestral song cycle for voice and orchestra consisting of original melodies and orchestration set to ancient texts in Hebrew and Arabic, performed by Lior and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Lior’s female recommendation was Feist with the song Mushaboom, who made him stop the car at the side of the road to listen to. We ended the show with another side project ‘Air Land Water’, a trio of three friends – Lior, Nadav Kohn and Tony Buchen and the song he chose was ‘Tell Me What You See When Your Eyes Close’. Hopefully you will be able to see Lior perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the WOMAD festival ion the 5th of March and wishing Lior many successful gigs this year!
27 Jan 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Tu Bishvat – An Israeli holiday celebrating nature, primarily trees so our show today was filled with songs of nature. Starting with the Eviatar Banai’s iconic version of ‘Brosh’, continuing with his nephew, Noam Banai ‘Etz Alon’. Then a take on ‘Roim Rachok Roim Shakuf’ by Ensemble Ya’ala, a song describing Moses’s journey to the promised land. Continuing in that theme ‘Shir Haemek’ in an upbeat fun version by Fabrengen band. Then I played a wonderful A capella song by Hakolot Hatsafim (The floating voices) Zera Novet and staying in that calm vocal mode went on to ‘Follow the Sun’ By Eyal Reginiano. Speaking of Sun’s house band Gute Gute created a beautiful hebrew version of the classic song ‘The Bonnie banks o Loch Lomond’ called ‘Song of the Sun. Drifting from Scotland to Northern Thailand to a beautiful village called Pai, where I played my own song ‘Pai’. From Thailand to India with Liora Itzhak’s version of ‘Pizmon Layakinton’, that is part of Baby Oriental. Then a metaphoric take on love through nature by Gali Hay ‘Boi El Gani’ (Come to My Garden). Moving forward on a more serious note with Dan Peled’s song ‘Bou Node Beze’ (Let’s admit it), a song emerging from the terrible bushfires of summer 2019. Peled’s message is strong and clear that we must protect our planet because it is all we have. Along with other things to protect the last is women (mostly) speaking of sexual harrasment Neomi Shemer was subjected to through the song of ‘Valse Lehaganat Hatzomeach’ (A waltz to protect the plants) covered by Jane Bordeaux and Aya Zahavi Feiglin. Our world is beautiful and we can make it amazing. Let us try to be kind to eachother and recycle 🙂
20 Jan 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL I had so much fun interviewing the award winning singer songwriter Ari Gorali. We spoke about his life as a musician, a mentor, lecturer, project man now working on his 3rd album soon to be released and heard songs – Tnua Achat Lo Nechona – One wrong move written for the book by Merav Oz and from the upcoming album – Ratzit ‘you wanted’. We discussed the success of his second album with song of the year ‘Dvash’ and how the album revolved around Gorali’s Divorce with song ‘Kshehayinu Shavim’ – When we were equal. One of the projects Ari is running is a Tribute concert to Leonard Cohen and we heard his cover with Sivan Talmor to ‘Dance me’ Ari’s reccomendation for female singer songwriter is Leah Shabbat, with whom he recorded a duet for his third album. Shabbat released Baderech Shelcha (Your Way) a week ago. Finishing with Stories of all the amazing work Ari does for the community through music and ending with ‘Kol Haolam Lefanayich’ (The whole world is before you). Thanks for coming on the show it was great fun!
13 Jan 2021, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL All the newest singles of the year! Marsh Dundorma & Riff Cohen – Sukar Sukar Hagai Ginzboorg – Morrocan Skies Danny – Fast Slow Eden Kedar – Leat Dawn Somek – One Day Idan Refael Haviv – Neshama Sheli Reut Zorman – Ba Li Livroach Aviya – Grief Measure Uni-Ma – Brands Mr.aiio Lazer – Iama Do Me Tamar Haim – Shachanu Ledaber Oren Caro – Masehehu Baavir Ronen Topper – Scarlet
30 Dec 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Bye bye 2020 with a fun show that will get you on your feet! Started with ‘Happiness’ – Gili Portal leading in to a song of inspiration, creation and anticipation for a vacation with ‘Perfect Crime’ – Albert Tales. Then a sweet dedication to 2020 with Illay’s – ‘Your Time Has Passed’ followed by a dedication to 2021 with ‘Waiting for you’ by Tania Vinokur. Don’t sit, because the next couple of dance songs will shake your booty ‘Pure Suprprise’ -UPZ and ‘Endless Motion’ – Dahl Hates Disco. Continuing with some Hip Hop/Rap Tamir Stepper- ‘Tarimu’, One Mic – ‘Circle of Rap’ and Groove Salad – ‘Swing’. Of course Its not a party without Gute Gute – ‘Agan Tichon Chadash’, then ‘Gat’ – Ittai Binnun and ending with ‘Dance With You’ by German singer songwriter Danny! I wish you all a great 2021, be safe and healthy, love each other and be kind! Peace out mates, see ya next year!!!! Shani
23 Dec 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL So happy to have interviewed the wonderful Maya Johanna Menachem! Maya spoke about her life growing up in an english speaking home, discovering her live to sing at 14 going on to a wonderful career. She released her debut album "Bells In Our Stomachs" August 2015. It was produced by singer-songwriter and producer Sun Tailor, and mixed and mastered by acclaimed four-time Grammy award winner, Ryan Freeland. in the show we heard songs from the album: Born to Become, Shallow Waters, When the Sky and Song for Tom I also played two songs from her Bob Dylan tribute album with Shay Tochner (Ep 38) Don’t think twice and Farewell Angelina. Maya’s recommendation for female artist was Tzlil Danin- Kol Ma Shekore (Everything that happens)
16 Dec 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL This week all songs circled light and darkness and that balance between the two as Hanuka tends to be. I hope you had a great Hanuka and enjoy the music to accompany it! The Songs played on the show were: Shmemel -Maase Beleviva Amir Dadon – Or Gadol Gali Hay – Choshech Choshech Or Avraham Tal – Orot Hava Alberstien – Shir Megaresh et Hachoshech Arik Einstein – Kshehaor Ole Kaley Halperin – Al Hanisim Yohai Golov – Meat Or Noga Gonen and Sivan Weissfeld – Or Haner Einat Schmal – Or Eliad – Or
2 Dec 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL This week I interveiwed amazing musician – Shay Tochner, Shay told his story of his life combining professional sportsmanship, musicianship, and Hi tech. His tale includes growing up in Jerusalem, having his computer science studies stopped by the Yom Kippur war, which led him to complete his degree in Scotland. He travelled the world with his work and spent the seventies in London and Edinburgh and participated in the singer songwriters scene, playing with the best of musicians. The songs played were – Erin Gra Mo Chroi, Hard Times Come Again No More, Caledonia, Gypsy and Rolling Times all played by Tochner and sung by Maya Johanna and Gabriella Lewis. Tochner’s female recommendation is Maya Isacowitz with the song ‘Is It Alright’ Picture by Avigail Uzi
25 Nov 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Israeli musicians playing Irish Music!! I started off the show with Evergreen’s ‘She’s Got Fire!’ an Irish band formed in 1999 who are still active till today releasing their album in 2018 ‘Complicated to be Simple’. They have performed in many festivals, but the most important one for our show tonight is ‘Jacobs Ladder’ a unique folk music festival including blue grass, world music, Irish Jigs,Country Rock, Blues and Renaissancel created by Menachem Vinegrad, Morris Cohen and Yigal Sela. Vinegrad started the band Black Velvet which is till today one of the most iconic Israeli Irish bands. Band members Uri Schleifer, Philip Khripkov, Moran Meisels and Ehud Nathan and I played their song ‘Resolution Road’. The Black Velvet can usually be found in Molly Blooms, an Irish Tel Avivian pub where all Irish music lovers go, amongst them was musician Daniel Manor, who used to go and play music there regularly. Manor formed The Bloomers with Black Velvets Schleifer and Khripkov but gave it musical "trademark" which is young, enthusiastic and lively arrangements to well-established (as well as original) Irish tunes and songs. You can’t mention Irish music in Israel without mentioning Shay Tochner, one of the most collaborative musician in the Israeli irish musicn scene, and he will be coming on the show next episode to tell us about all of his musical Journey. One of the collaborations he participates in, is with Maya Johanna. I played their take on ‘The Lily of the West’. Maya Johanna is titled one of the promising new indie folk artists and voices of Israel. I played her song Shallow Waters from her Debut album ‘Bells in Our Stomachs’ produced by the lovely Sun Tailor (Ep 18). I then played folk singer songwriter Ofri Epshtein’s ‘End of Days’ followed by ‘You me and the Wind’ song by Kahol, an Irish band with a middle eastern twist to it, formed by Uri Miles, Rami Yosifov and Gilad Ephrat. Getting towards the end I played Avners Strauss and Din Din Aviv – ‘Gavoa Namuch’ High Low and finishing the show with The Taverns, another Iconic Folk band that starred in Jacobs ladder, founded in 1976 by David Decklebaum, Shay Tochner, David Stacey and David Mencher associated with country, and specialized in playing Irish, Canadian & American songs and the instrumental virtuosity of its members, finishing with a fun song ‘halvai Shehaiti Ravak’ I wish I was single! Next week Shay Tochner will be coming on the show to tell his life story and music!
18 Nov 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL This week I interviewed talented musician Nir Popliker who told me all about his latest album, ‘While the Boys are Asleep’. An instrumental acoustic album covering amazing well known songs like the Beatles ‘She’s Leaving Home’ and Neil Youngs ‘One of These Days’ We also listened to Poplikers originals – A song for Uriya, El Mishkan Beiti (Home), Yetziah Laor (going to the light), and Cowboy Bill. Poplikers female artist recommendation was Lee Gaon with her song Tali
11 Nov 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL A star is born was an Israeli Reality Tv Show searching for talented new vocalists, based on the British Pop Idol model, starting at 2003. In Todays show I played the winners and runner ups latest singles released mostly this year and making me happy that they continue to create and release music with their own voice. 3 first places of season 1- Winner Ninet Tayeb – Feel the Buzz released in June This year. Runner Up Shiri Maimon and Red Band – Let Me Down released last week. Third Place Shai Gabso – Abu Dahbi released last month. Season 2- Winner Harel Moyal – Rak Itach (Just with you) released in April Runner Up Harel Skaat – Ma Shetirtze Lihiyot (What You Wish To Be) released end of 2019 Season 6- Winner Israel Bar On – Perek B’ released at the start of the year Season 7- Winner Roni Dalumi – Ratziti Sheze Yachiv (I wanted it to hurt) released last month Season 8- Winner Diana Golbi – En Klum (There’s Nothing) released last month Runner Up Idan Amedi – Bekarov Yipatchu Hashamaim (Soon the Skies Will Open) Relesed in August Season 9- Winner Hagit Yaso – Ila Mshiti (If You Go) released April 2019 Runner Up David Lavi and Tamar Philisof – Hacholmim Achar Hashemesh (The Dreamers After the Sun) Released in May
4 Nov 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Today I interviewed Singer songwriter Arlene Gould, a musician mum with a cool fusion of urban beats, hip hop and rock. Arlene is currently working on her EP and will be releasing her single ‘Jericho’ next month so stay tuned! On the show we heard 6 songs of Arlene, 3 from her EP- ‘Dreamer’, ‘Rollin” & ‘Come Over’. We heard ‘Crown Tree’, which she wrote in her first year of trying to make it as a musician by herself in New York, and Acharei Hasheket (after the quiet). I finished the show with a cover of hers and Andrei Matori to Bob marley’s Is This Love. Arlene’s reccomendation for this weeks female israeli musician is the Wonderful Ester Rada and we heard two songs of hers- ‘Herd’ and ‘Life Happens’. Have an awesome week and enjoy the ease of restrictions! Shani
28 Oct 2020, 9pm Fresh Sounds IL Another round of musician moms! This time- Atalya Lavi – Ahavat Chayay Hanochechit Hilla Peer – Free Ifat Bar Sela – Nagen Sarit Kleinman – Beeinav Libat Kaminsky – Alma Shirli Simchi – Shaarei Ratzon Arlene Gould – Rollin’ Shuli Hasheli Mittelberg – My Time Liora Gonzalez – Rutzi Bronze Honey – As Free as the Wind Gila Ozruso Haggiag – Haezi