Last updated October 21st 2018

The music scene in Israel is amazing – diverse, creative, and surging with energy! Now in its 9th edition, the International Music Showcase introduces the world to Israeli music by bringing the world to Israel…well, not the whole world, but key players in the international music industry. This year the Jazz, World Music & Funk Showcase will take place from November 7 – 11, 2018; Rock, Indie & Electronic Music Showcase will take place from November 14 – 17, 2018. The good news – all shows are open to the public, for a symbolic admission fee (usually around 30 NIS). It’s a great opportunity to get to know Israeli musicians and bands, both established and emerging, and experience the diversity of the Israeli music scene.  Come and show your support for your favorite bands, and get to know some new favorites!

The full program and additional information (in English) may be found on the International Music Showcase website.  Shows will take place at The Yellow Submarine, Jerusalem; Hamifaal, Jerusalem; David Citadel, Jerusalem; HaMazkeka, Jerusalem; The Zone, Tel Aviv, the Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv; TEDER, Tel Aviv.

Participating Musicians include:

Jazz & World Music – November 7 – 11

Omri Mor Trio, Ground Heights, Alaev Family, Maureen Nehedar, Yuval Cohen; Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon, Noa Drezner, HaMadrasa, Daniel Zamir & Nitzan Bar – Duo, Shauli Einav Quintet – Pentasonic, SHALOSH, S H I R A N, Uriel Herman Quartet, Hagiga Sextet, MAGI, Nitai Hershkovits, NearEastern Voices, Abate Berihun, Kula Baraka, Nuphar Fey Trio, Amit Friedman Quintet, Mor Karbasi, Quarter to Africa, Liraz Charhi, Lucille Crew

Rock, Indie & Electronic – November 14 – 17

Age is a Box, Hayelala, Benjamin’s Brother, GESHEM, Noga Erez, Cherie & Renno (Izabo), JonZ, Bint El Funk, Hoodna Orchestra, Cut n Bass, Liron Amram & The Panthers, The Great Machine, Kim In The Sun, The Paz Band, Dirty Fly, Ramzailech, Lola Marsh, Full Trunk, Flora, Buttering Trio, TIGRIS, The City, Marina Maximilian, Castle in Time Orchestra, Victoria Hanna, Ryskinder

The seriously impressive guest list for International Showcase includes:

Georgina Javor – Assistant Director of Programming, Jazz at Lincoln Center; Paul Pace – Programmer for Ronnie Scott’s; Ross Dines – Programmer for PizzaExpress; Nadin Deventer – Artistic Director of the Berlin JazzFest; Annette Bellaoui -Artistic Director of the Copenhagen World Music Festival; Frank van Berkel – Head of Programming at BIMHUIS; Ilana Goldstoff – Sync & Licensing Manager at SIZZER. As well as representatives from Hong Kong, Japan, Hungary, Turkey, Panama, India, The Philippines, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Canada, U.S.A., Britain and more…

Musicians participating in the showcase in previous years have subsequently been invited to participate in major international festivals, arranged concert tours throughout Europe, the United States, and more; and have been featured on international radio, television, magazines, and digital media. The International Music Showcase is presented jointly by the Yellow Submarine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Jerusalem Municipality. Barak Weiss is the artistic director for jazz and world music; Hadas Vanunu is the artistic director for rock and indie.