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  • April 23, 2018

    Shye Ben-Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, currently touring Latin America as special guests of Radiohead, performing songs from their album Junun, will join Radiohead on its North American tour this summer. The tour starts with two sold-out nights at Chicago's United Center, followed by four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City; two nights each in Montreal and Toronto; shows in Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh; and two nights each in Boston and Philadelphia. The Times of London called Junun "essential listening."

     

  • June 1, 2017

    Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will perform music from their 2015 album, Junun, which the Times of London called "one of the most inspired releases of the year ," on tour across Europe, starting with two nights in Italy: at the Locus Festival in Bari tonight, and Ravenna Festival on Friday. Jonny Greenwood will join the group for both shows. Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will open for Radiohead in select cities in addition to their own tour stops.

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About Shye Ben Tzur

  • Nonesuch Records releases Junun—an album from composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians—on November 20, 2015. Recorded earlier this year in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, the album was made with Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich, who worked with the ensemble to create this two LP/CD album. The album comprises Ben Tzur’s compositions, which feature devotional Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew. Junun is an alternate spelling of "junoon," which means "mania," or "the madness of love."

    The filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, a friend and frequent collaborator of Greenwood, came along to document the recording sessions as well as daily life and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. Anderson's resulting impressionistic film, also entitled Junun, debuted at the New York Film Festival and streamed exclusively on MUBI from October 9 through November 7. The film is available on iTunes.

    Greenwood made a guest appearance last year during Ben Tzur's London concert, where they previewed some of the music of Junun, and this summer, the two were joined by the qawwali party for two performances at the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival. Further concerts are being planned for the future, as are additional screenings of Anderson's film.

    Shye Ben Tzur is an Israeli composer/producer/poet and performer who lives in India and Israel. He composes qawwalis—instrumental and devotional music—in Hebrew, Urdu, and Hindi. A concert by Zakir Hussain and Hariprasad Chaurasia that Ben Tzur attended as a young man was life-changing. "It touched my heart so deeply," he says. "It was at the time the deepest musical experience I had gone through. It moved me so that I could do nothing but go find out what it is. I feel I'm still in that spot. I don't think I have achieved it. Indian music is so vast and so deep and the more I learn different things about it, I realize how ignorant I was. It just doesn't stop."

    "When I was in the Negev desert in southern Israel a couple of years ago, I heard a band playing a song using an Arabic violin called a rehab," Greenwood told London's Evening Standard. "It was a strange mix of Arabic and traditional Indian music, one that I'd never come across before," He continued, "The best song, I found out, was written by Shye Ben Tzur, an Israeli musician who had been living in India until this year. I set out to discover more about him … I'm always a little wary of rock bands half-heartedly dabbling in world music—itself a slightly greasy term—but there are exceptions. Damon Albarn is one: his work with musicians in Mali is something he's clearly fully committed to. And I think Shye Ben Tzur is another."

    Widely known as the guitarist for Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood also is a highly respected composer. In addition to his soundtracks to Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood, and The Master, Nonesuch also released his score for Norwegian Wood and his collaboration with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

Shye Ben Tzur

Tour

Fri, Jul 6
Chicago, IL
United Center
Fri, Jul 6
Chicago, IL
United Center
Sat, Jul 7
Chicago, IL
United Center
Sat, Jul 7
Chicago, IL
United Center
Tue, Jul 10
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Tue, Jul 10
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Wed, Jul 11
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Wed, Jul 11
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Fri, Jul 13
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Fri, Jul 13
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Sat, Jul 14
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Sat, Jul 14
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Mon, Jul 16
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Mon, Jul 16
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Tue, Jul 17
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Tue, Jul 17
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Thu, Jul 19
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Thu, Jul 19
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Fri, Jul 20
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Fri, Jul 20
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
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Shye Ben Tzur is an Israeli composer/producer/poet and performer who lives in India and Israel. He composes qawwalis, instrumental and devotional music, in Hebrew, Urdu, and Hindi. Junun—the 2015 album from Ben Tzur, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians—was recorded in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, with Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich. The album comprises Ben Tzur’s compositions, which feature devotional Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew.

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Nonesuch Records releases Junun—an album from composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians—on November 20, 2015. Recorded earlier this year in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, the album was made with Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich, who worked with the ensemble to create this two LP/CD album. The album comprises Ben Tzur’s compositions, which feature devotional Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew. Junun is an alternate spelling of "junoon," which means "mania," or "the madness of love."

The filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, a friend and frequent collaborator of Greenwood, came along to document the recording sessions as well as daily life and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. Anderson's resulting impressionistic film, also entitled Junun, debuted at the New York Film Festival and streamed exclusively on MUBI from October 9 through November 7. The film is available on iTunes.

Greenwood made a guest appearance last year during Ben Tzur's London concert, where they previewed some of the music of Junun, and this summer, the two were joined by the qawwali party for two performances at the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival. Further concerts are being planned for the future, as are additional screenings of Anderson's film.

Shye Ben Tzur is an Israeli composer/producer/poet and performer who lives in India and Israel. He composes qawwalis—instrumental and devotional music—in Hebrew, Urdu, and Hindi. A concert by Zakir Hussain and Hariprasad Chaurasia that Ben Tzur attended as a young man was life-changing. "It touched my heart so deeply," he says. "It was at the time the deepest musical experience I had gone through. It moved me so that I could do nothing but go find out what it is. I feel I'm still in that spot. I don't think I have achieved it. Indian music is so vast and so deep and the more I learn different things about it, I realize how ignorant I was. It just doesn't stop."

"When I was in the Negev desert in southern Israel a couple of years ago, I heard a band playing a song using an Arabic violin called a rehab," Greenwood told London's Evening Standard. "It was a strange mix of Arabic and traditional Indian music, one that I'd never come across before," He continued, "The best song, I found out, was written by Shye Ben Tzur, an Israeli musician who had been living in India until this year. I set out to discover more about him … I'm always a little wary of rock bands half-heartedly dabbling in world music—itself a slightly greasy term—but there are exceptions. Damon Albarn is one: his work with musicians in Mali is something he's clearly fully committed to. And I think Shye Ben Tzur is another."

Widely known as the guitarist for Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood also is a highly respected composer. In addition to his soundtracks to Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood, and The Master, Nonesuch also released his score for Norwegian Wood and his collaboration with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

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Tour

Fri, Jul 6
Chicago, IL
United Center
Fri, Jul 6
Chicago, IL
United Center
Sat, Jul 7
Chicago, IL
United Center
Sat, Jul 7
Chicago, IL
United Center
Tue, Jul 10
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Tue, Jul 10
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Wed, Jul 11
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Wed, Jul 11
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Fri, Jul 13
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Fri, Jul 13
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Sat, Jul 14
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Sat, Jul 14
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Mon, Jul 16
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Mon, Jul 16
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Tue, Jul 17
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Tue, Jul 17
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Thu, Jul 19
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Thu, Jul 19
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Fri, Jul 20
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Fri, Jul 20
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
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