“I hope the album will be a small contribution towards making Israel a more pluralistic and truly multicultural place.”
On 17 June 2014, Byron’s Kickstarter project “Songs for Tsippora” was successfully funded by 88 backers.
My name is Avior Byron (you can read more about me here). I was born in Israel to a secular family. At a certain point I traveled to Europe and met an amazing woman who would turn out to be my wife. After a period of a year of studying Jewish culture and religion, she decided to convert to Judaism. I was with her during that studying period and I gradually became more and more aware of my Jewish heritage. The process was complex for both of us, as changes in identity are not easy for anyone. I was lucky to study Judaism with wonderful Rabbis who showed me its beauty and treasures. All this happened when we lived in the Czech Republic and in London.
When we came to Israel I discovered that there are many things that are unjust that happen in the name of religion. Many of the songs can be described as religious-protest rock. However, other songs are simply about relationships and identity. For example, between men and women, and man and G-d.
I hold a PhD in music from the University of London (you can read more about it at my website). I love studying, so three years ago, I decided to participate in a special program at the Alma College in Tel-Aviv, where I delved during two year into Judaism and Hebrew culture. With a group of poets, painters and other artists, we studied Talmud, Bible, Hassidic and mystic writings, poems and other treasures of the Jewish culture and religion. The songs in my EP were influenced also by this study process.
The EP has an interesting blend between the public Jewish sacred writings and my own very personal world. Some of the lyrics in the EP are somewhat “dark” but usually with unexpected sparks of optimism and humor. The songs reflect a wide range of emotions and dynamics. Some of the songs are gentle and addressed to my wife. In the song “Ruth is waiting”, angels are being addressed (it quotes the song “Shalom Aleychem”) in order to help Ruth.
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