While Asaf Avidan has drawn comparisons to Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone, he possesses a voice that is utterly singular. He shot to worldwide fame when his track “One Day / Reckoning Song,” performed with his band, hit number one in 14 countries as a remix by Berlin’s DJ Wankelmut.
Avidan recently released his debut solo album, Different Pulses to much acclaim in Europe. In the new work, he focuses his passion and poetry into a tight suite of songs linked by robust melodies and intriguing psychological ambivalence. Avidan pushes his remarkable voice to its limits. The new album has already sold over 200,000 copies in Europe, where the remix single “Reckoning Day” has sold over 1.5 million.
To watch Avidan perform is to experience a sensory disconnect. Standing on stage is a skinny, mohawked man, but what one hears is the craggy, whiskey-soaked voice of a woman. “The human voice has a whole spectrum we just don’t use because we have these weird taboos and manners, and these ideas about masculinity,” he explains.
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Mon. Feb. 9 – Doors open 8pm, Show at 9pm
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This program is part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture festival taking place Feb – March 2015 in Toronto, read more about the other events at the Spotlight website.