The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will cap an eclectic season tonight with a concert by Israeli superstar David Broza.
Considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant international performers touring today, the singer/guitarist fuses the music of the three countries of his heritage Israel, Spain and England. Hes known throughout the world as a modern troubadour of urban folk-rock.
Making his debut in 1978, Broza has recorded a total of 25 albums (including 15 solo studio albums, four live albums, three anthologies and three as a member of a band). He also released the acclaimed David Broza at Masada DVD in 2007, which also features Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin. His latest album Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt was released earlier this year.
Brozas flamenco-tinged, folk-rock melodies, as well as his talent for breathing musical life into sensual snippets of poetry, defies conventional description but hes been called a post-modern Leonard Cohen, and the Stevie Ray Vaughn of folk rock by some critics.
His love of putting poetry to music led to a fortuitous meeting with the late legendary songwriter Van Zandt. Though Van Zandt passed away before the two could meet again, Van Zandt, seemingly sensing Broza as a kindred spirit, willed his unpublished poetry to Broza. In turn, Broza took Van Zandts words and crafted songs for the new album.
Broza also is known for his commitment and dedication to humanitarian causes, predominantly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since 1977, he has been working to bring the message of peace, and continues to perform what is now the anthem of the Peace Now movement, his hit song, Yihye Tov.
In a recent project, Broza wrote and recorded with the Palestinian music group Sabreen the song Belibi that featured Broza, Sabreens Wissam Murad and two childrens choirs, one from each side of the conflict. In Search for Common Ground presented awards to both artists in November of 2006.
He was awarded a Spanish royal medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance.