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6 Feb 2017

Shlomo Gronich “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?” 1971 Israeli Prog

Shlomo Gronich “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?” 1971 Israeli  Prog 
Four decades, Shlomo Gronich, the acclaimed Israeli folk singer and progressive rocker, has heard the same bittersweet compliment — that his music is “ahead of its time.”“I used to hear that a lot: This isn’t the time, the things you do will only be absorbed years from now, the audience isn’t ready,” Gronich, 66, tells The Jewish Week in a phone interview from Tel Aviv. Some of his songs, he observes, “were like aliens from outer space in Israel then. I agreed that it wasn’t the time for them, but I couldn’t do anything else.” 

The times may finally be catching up. 

When Gronich, 66, kicks off a six-city U.S. tour next week in Tenafly, N.J., to be followed the next night by a show at Stephen Free Wise Synagogue (Feb. 12, 8 p.m.), it will be the first time the former New Yorker is back in town since the 1970s.It’s been a long, strange trip for the versatile composer/lyricist/pianist/choir conductor and peace activist whose songs from the 1970s and ’80s have only recently become popular. 

Like most of Israel’s veteran entertainers, his showbiz career began in an army band. After his service he went on to perform and record with stars-to-be like Matti Caspi, Chava Alberstein and Yoni Rechter. 

But the commercial success of some of his compatriots eluded Gronich. His first album, “Why Didn’t You Tell Me,” recorded after his first divorce and full of psychedelia, is today one of Israel’s most influential classics — but back then it was a flop. Gronich later formed a trio called A Little Different (which it was), and once again he was disappointed by the lukewarm reception.On a whim, he moved to New York in 1975. “I was doing progressive music, and there was no audience for that in Israel,” he explains. “New York has such a wealth of options, venues, audiences. No matter what you play, there is an audience.” 

Five years later, Gronich returned to Israel, and got his big break as house musician for the TV satire “Zehu-Ze,” or “That’s It.” With his wild long hair and frenzied playing, his weekly performances on the show had him branded as a “crazy genius.” 

But his insistence on music that was seen as “too sophisticated” at the time kept him on the cultural margins. When in the late 1980s Gronich released a new album, “Cotton Candy,” he was surprised that Israel’s No. 1 radio station (out of a total of three) would not play it, opting for his old hits. “So I called up one of the station’s top managers … He told me, ‘Your new album is too sophisticated. They don’t want so many chords. People want simple songs,’” Gronich recalls. “I slammed down the phone and wrote ‘Simple Songs.’” 

“Everybody wants simple songs / Songs with two chords / Everybody wants simple words / That don’t mean anything to me,” the piece (translated from Hebrew) goes. Ironically, this catchy two-chord ditty immediately became Gronich’s most popular hit. 

In 1990, Gronich hit the right chord again with Makhelat Shva, an Ethiopian children’s choir he founded, composed for and performed with. The move resonated both musically and politically, and Gronich’s popularity soared. In 1994, he and the choir performed at the signing of the Jordan-Israel peace agreement, a show he remembers as “one of the most uplifting” of his career. 

Gronich, who hasn’t been to the U.S. since the 1970s, seemed surprised and pleased by the love Israeli expats are showing him. 

“In preparing for the tour, one thing that touched me was how excited people here were to hear I was coming,” he says. “That did feel good.”…………. 

Al Na Telch (5:18) 
Brchov Shelanu (2:08) 
Ani Nigal Meaolam (3:30) 
Linshom Amok (2:30) 
Alohim Lama (2:52) 
Sitting Alone (3:27) 
Roza Marzhipan (4:37) 
She’s Gone (2:18) 
Kzat Achrei (2:47) 
Avinu Malkinu (2:47) 
Lama Lo Shiparta Li (5:23) 

He has more than 15 albums, including - 

1971 Why Didn’t You Tell Me?! (re-mastered version 2003) 
1973 Behind the Sounds (With Matti Caspi) (re-mastered version 2002) 
1979 Concert LIVE 
1981 Cotton Candy (re-mastered version 2004) 
1988 Moonlight Walker 
1991 Neto LIVE 
1993 Shlomo Gronich & The Sheba Choir – received Gold Album award 
2003 On the Way to the Light 
2008 Journey to the Source 
Music for film 
He has composed music for film, writing more than 15 film scores, including: 

Thousand Small Kisses – First Prize Cognac film festival, Musical Score, Israeli Oscar for musical score (1981) 
Beyond the Sea - Israeli Oscar for musical score (1991) 
Circus Palestine - Israeli Oscar for musical score (1998) 
Music for theatre 
He composed music for more than 20 theatre shows, including - 

America – a musical, performed at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC (1976) 
America (revised version) – performed in Santa Fe Festival, New Mexico (1983) 
The Dream Pilot – a musical performed in Tokyo, Japan (1991) 
The Golem – a musical performed in Prague, Czech Republic (2002) 
Music for ballet 
Gronich has also written music for ballet. His dance pieces include - 

Song of Songs – Inbal Dance Theater, David’s Violin Prize (1983) 
Looking for Jerusalem – Bat Sheva Dance Company, opening production, Israel Festival (1986) 
Classical music 
Gronich composed more than a hundred classical compositions, many of which were performed by the world’s most notable orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic. 

Notable performances 
Appeared with Astor Piazzolla and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (1986) 
Appeared with the Sheba and Moran Choir at the signing of the Jordan-Israel Peace Agreement (1994) 
Appeared with the Sheba and the Harlem Boys Choir at the Israel Festival (2000) 
Notable prizes 
2001 Hadassah Award, for his work with the Sheba Choir 
Jewish-Palestinian collaboration 
Gronich composed and arranged a unique Israeli-Palestinian peace and coexistence song, called in Hebrew Hevenu Shalom Aleinu (We brought peace upon us) and in Arabic Ma'na Ajmal Min Salam (There is nothing more beautiful than peace). He gathered together a group of Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian singers and musicians to perform a beautiful, Middle-Eastern-style song, with a melody that combines Israeli rock, Arab pop, and Mizrahi musical elements (see #External links). The song was commissioned by the organization Peace Child Israel and adopted as its anthem. The lyrics alternate between Hebrew and Arabic, culminating in the refrain which is sung simultaneously both in Hebrew and Arabic. In the arrangement of the song, Gronich included the traditional Arab instrument oud, and a traditional Jewish musical instrument - the shofar. In July 2011, the song won Third Prize in the global Call for Music Videos of Palestinian-Jewish Duos or Groups presented by the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue.

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