About

The Caravan Orchestra was founded in the summer of 2017, as an exchange project between Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany) and the Department of Music of the University of Haifa (Israel), in cooperation with the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Germany).

Every year, the Orchestra invites 28 young musicians from Israel and Germany to apply for a 2-3 week residency in Haifa and Weimar, with an intensive rehearsal period and concerts in both countries, as well as fun social activities, workshops and excursions.

The orchestra is co-led by musical directors Ilya Shneyveys (Riga/Berlin/New York) and Jeryes Murkus Ballan (Nazareth/Haifa). Both are specialists respectively in the fields of European Jewish and Arab music. It is the synthesis of those cultures that makes the sound of the Caravan Orchestra so unique. While having clear differences in the repertoire and style, Ashkenazic Jewish (Yiddish) and Arab music share some forms, tonal material and, most importantly, a performance philosophy with similar approach to improvisation, ornamentation, modality and many other concepts that we discover again each time!

For the first time in 2019, the Caravan Orchestra will be joined by the Caravan Choir. The choir and the orchestra will perform both together and seperately. Like the orchestra, the choir will explore musical improvisation, vocal styles and ornamentation in both Yiddish and Arab music. The choir will be led by Luna Abu Nassar and Sarah Myerson, both specialists in the fields of Arab and Yiddish vocal styles.

If you are a instrumentalist or a singer and you would like to apply to join the Caravan project, please click here for current information about the application process. If you want to know where you can hear and see the band, please click here. If you are a presenter and would like to book the orchestra and the choir, please contact project manager Andreas Schmitges at the Other Music Academy e.V.: andreas.schmitges@othermusicacademy.eu or by phone/WhatsApp: +49 177 6017686