The musical collaboration of Michael Chapman and Ehud Banai may not seem like an obvious coupling, except for the fact that Michael Chapman has for some years now been pushing his musical envelope in all directions, embracing many genres of music some for the first time, and Ehud Banai cut his musical teeth back in the 70’s listening to Michael Chapman, in the valley of Rosh Pina in Upper Galilee.
Michael knew nothing of Ehud whilst Ehud knew much about Michael’s music, so when they finally met it was in Tel Aviv in the autumn of 2013 in a local radio session, and they actually played together.
“The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. There was such an instant rapport. It was totally mesmeric”- Andru Chapman.
Since then they have toured together several times with the musical empathy developing all the while into a totally unique combination of Middle Eastern chords, Chapman riffs and Hebrew lyrics.
Michael says the meeting up with Ehud has been the most rewarding and fulfilling event in the past few years.
They have a new album to recorded in November last year in tel Aviv and April/May this year sees them touring & collaborating together for the first time here in the UK.
To date, Ehud Banai has released ten albums. Eight have gone platinum, and two gold. He has given hundreds of performances in Israel, written two books, hosts a radio show, composes music for the theatre, cinema and dance (twice he has won an Israeli Oscar for film scores) and, like the title of one of his songs, he always keeps moving.
Michael and Ehud play The Adelphi on Tuesday 25th April. Highly recommended. Doors 8.00pm