Day one in Israel and we found ourselves on a rooftop in 40 degrees heat and no shade! We were in Tel Aviv playing at the opening of the ICON film festival who’s organisers had arranged this great location over-looking old Jaffa and the port, the perfect place to get tanned, or rather sun-burnt, as well as film a group of very talented musicians!
We first met instrumental vocalist Nir Yaniv with Uri Aviv, director of ICON, at one of our gigs in London. A devoted acapella performer, Nir samples his voice, creating loops and layering one sample on top of another, but – as Nir’s always keen to point out – he’s not a beatboxer, explaining that if a beatboxer is the percussion, then he’s ‘the rest of the band’. Nir’s also a writer, actor and film-maker and this year made the short film Conspiracy.
That day we also recorded with amazing flautist Aram Drevekenin and the fantastic Russian violinist Ira Bareli, who plays with the folk band Crinatura. Then lastly, as the sun was on it’s way down, we filmed singer and guitarist Tal Segev – who improvised a catchy little tune with which we helped add some improv lyrics!
Both Nir and Ira had to shoot off before we finished filming, so sadly weren’t in the group photo!
With huge thanks to Boaz Pesenzon, Inbal Maoz, Boris Levit and Uri Aviv for making the day happen.