From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey A Rockin’ Musical Play … without Instruments Featuring Human Beatbox Yuri Lane, rapping in the name of interfaith tolerance Presented by The Osher Marin JCC Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013: 7pm 200 North San Pedro Rd. San Rafael “In a cross-generational, genre-blending art form, Yuri Lane combines impressive beatboxing skills with versatile harmonica playing to produce a sound unlike any other.” - PopMatters Human beatbox and vocal magician Yuri Lane will present his "coolly extraordinary" travelogue of peace, From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey. Part hip-hop performance, part street-wise documentary, Lane’s play weaves a vox-pop tapestry of Palestinian and Israeli voices into a mosaic of the Middle East. Against a backdrop of live visuals by Sharif Ezzat, muezzin calls and Tel Aviv traffic, the lives of Khalid and Amir—one Israeli, one Palestinian—progress and intertwine with a hip-hop beat despite their being separated by military border crossings. Lane’s performances have been featured in top media outlets including USA Today, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune, and in music magazines, Afropop Worldwide and Pop Matters. Nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for best new play, the show has enjoyed runs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore, Atlanta, across the US and internationally, including in Helsinki, London and Jerusalem. Yuri Lane continues to electrify audiences worldwide. The program is part of the Osher Marin JCC’s series, “Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace” series, events designed to increase interfaith dialogue and understanding. “[a] vivid, heartening piece” – The New York Times WHAT: A rockin’ musical play … without instruments by human beatbox Yuri Lane WHO: All are invited. General Admission seating with some table seating available. TICKETS: FREE WHEN: Tue. Nov 19. @ 7:00 ~ Doors @ 6:30. MORE: Concessions including coffee, beer, wine & snacks avail for purchase. WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. PARKING: Ample FREE parking. Accessing the Osher Marin JCC from Highway 101 is effortless, 1/2 mile E off 101. TICKETS: Available at www.marinjcc.org/beatbox MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Bolt|Director, Kanbar Center|415.444.8081| firstname.lastname@example.org More on Yuri Lane Yuri Lane’s passion for hip-hop started as a kid growing up in San Francisco the 80's, when he started breakdancing and teaching moves at middle school parties. But he didn’t discover his true calling until sixth grade math class, when Yuri made sounds to compensate for his lack of arithmetic skill. When his teacher ordered him to "turn off the radio," Yuri knew that he was on to something. While attending high school at the San Francisco School of the Arts, Yuri acted in plays at the San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater. After training with the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Yuri returned to San Francisco to pursue mime, improvisation and alternative theatrical forms—and a few stints as a television actor. He created and stars in two plays that tour the country, Soundtrack City (a one-man hip-hop play in which a street harmonica player on the brink of homelessness takes us on a journey through Chicago) and From Tel Aviv to Ramallah, which he created with his partner Sharif Ezzat and his wife Rachel Havrelock. In fall 2007, Yuri’s extraordinary talent reached worldwide fame when his beatbox harmonica video shot to number one on YouTube with over nine million views (and counting). This led to live beatbox performances at Google parties around the world, several commercials and the formation of a YouTube community bound by beatbox. “[a] vivid, heartening piece” – The New York Times “From an extraordinarily heated subject, that of Israeli/Palestinian relations, writer-director Rachel Havrelock and performer Yuri Lane have fashioned a coolly extraordinary 55 minutes” – Chicago Tribune “‘Vocal magician’ Yuri Lane reworks the biblical story of Abraham's sons Isaac and Ishmael in a panoply of Middle Eastern voices.” – SF Weekly YOU TUBE The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, a Marin non-profit, centrally located just 1/4 mile east off Hwy 101. All are welcome; no membership is required to attend. The Center for Jewish Peoplehood presents fun and enriching Jewish programming for people of all ages, beliefs and interests. Explore Jewish values and traditions. Examine the world - and the issues we face - through a Jewish lens. Celebrate holidays with your family or come meet a great author. The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts: Celebrating the power of music, voice, humor, taste, culture, movement and words throughout the community for over 20 years. The Kanbar Center presents classical music, club style dance events, comedy, concerts, theater and more in the grand Hoytt Theater, lectures, chats and demonstrations in the Kurland lounge and great multi-cultural music, dancing & fun for all ages outdoors under summer skies on Swig Field. Upcoming Events Oct 15—Drunken Angel: Author & Poet Alan Kaufman in conversation with Joanne Greene Nov 3— Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Sextet Nov 7— The House Jacks| ‘Til Dawn Nov 24—Festival of Lights – all ages community festival Dec 10—Survival in Sarajevo Art Opening Dec 31— New Year’s Eve Comedy Showcase Jan 12—Marion Grodin, Standing Up
Bio: Yuri Lane was born on a small island in Holland. His parents, a painter and a violinist, soon moved to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to ride the 70's counter-culture current. Raised in the Haight, Yuri learned rhythm by osmosis and began to breathe beats. In the 80's, Yuri started bre...See Full Bio
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