At a time when the conflict in Israel/Palestine is worse than it has been for decades, the music of Yair Dalal represents a small ray of light in a world of terrible darkness. Born in 1955 in Israel to Iraqi parents who were recent immigrants, he has worked tirelessly as both a musician and activist to promote peace between Arabs and Jews. His music reflects the traditions of both cultures as well as many others of the Middle East and beyond, all the way from India to the Balkans.
Composer, violinist and oud player, Dalal has developed a rare association between Israeli and Arabic, Eastern and Western music. Much of Dalal's music reflects the strong affinity he has for the desert and its inhabitants. Dalal's family came to Israel from Bagdad and he has included much Iraqi material in his work to date. -Courtesy Calabash Music