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Great Gehenna Choir // מקהלת גיא בן-הנום

Vocalist. Composer.

2016 - Present

 

Taking its name from the "Valley of the Son of Hinnom" ("Gehenna") in Jerusalem, and alluding to the disturbing history of the site - where ancient Canaanites are known to have conducted human sacrifice - The Great Gehenna Choir's original repertoire consists of expressive musical rites.

 

Established in 2015 by the musician Noam Enbar (Habiluim, Oy Division), The Great Gehenna Choir's repertoire explores both highly elaborated compositions and intuitive easy-to-learn polyphonic music, merging different and sometimes contrasting performative sensitivities.

 

By its very structure, this unique group of people embodies an inclusive gesture towards the audience. Rather than casting them as onlookers, the new, occasionally absurd rituals performed by the choir, invite audiences to take part in original, non-institutional, often radical articulations of spirituality and its intersections with social and political issues. 

During the last two years, The Great Gehenna Choir had performed at a wide range of venues and festivals such as Jerusalem Season of Culture, Tel-Aviv Museum, Sheikh Abrek Festival and Jerusalem Design Week.

 

Choir Members: Noam Achdut / Laila Beterman / Yonatan Goldman / Ella Daniel / Yifeat Ziv / Haim Haviv / Sun Maylich / Amir Meir / Dor Magen / Tamara Nishri / Ruth Sgan-Cohen / Ilana Snitman / Amit Fishbein / Sarah Verrees / Faye Shapiro / Michal Tamari / Naomi Attar / Noam Enbar / Ido Akov.

 

 

For more information visit Great Gehenna Choir's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greatgehennachoir/

 

© 2019 by Yifeat Ziv. Cover Photo by Martin Delaney.