Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon, one of Europe’s finest jazz musicians, comes to Washington, DC for the first time as part of his multi-city North American tour to perform and discuss his recently published and highly controversial book, The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics.
The Guardian described Atzmon as “one of London’s finest saxophonists [but] it is Atzmon’s blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read.”
A prolific performer, composer, author and activist, Atzmon brings his intellect and artistry to bear on Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestine. He strips away the propaganda and the polemics in U.S.-Israel relations that hide one simple fact: Palestinian people continue to live under occupation, financed by the United States, an occupation that builds roads they cannot use and houses in which they cannot live.
At each DC event the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs will be selling Atzmon’s CD “The Tide Has Changed” and his book The Wandering Who?—although as Prof. Garrison Fewell warns, when you finish reading the latter, you may likely “see a different face in the mirror.” (You can also purchase the book and CD directly from the AET Book Club middleeastbooks.com)
- Monday, Feb. 27 —Berkeley, CA. Private dinner, by invitation only.
- Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2-4 pm, 8 pm— University of La Verne, 1950 3rd St., La Verne, CA.; Morgan Auditorium, 8 pm. Contact: (909) 593-3511 x4393 and x4223.
- Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 pm—Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Free, reservations suggested. Contact: (310) 657-5511.
- Thursday, March 1, 7 pm—University of Colorado Campus, Boulder, CO. UMC 235, Free for the public.
- Friday, March 2, 8-11 pm—Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, Denver, CO; Free. Contact: (303) 669-7286.
- Saturday, March 3, 7-10 pm—3rd Street Center, Carbondale, CO.
- Monday, March 5, 7-10 pm—Café Layal, 6328 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057.
- Wednesday, March 7, 7-9 p.m—Northeastern Illinois University Recital Hall, 5500 North St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL; free.
- Friday, March 9, 7 pm—discussion, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1111 Humanities.
- Friday, March 9, 10 pm—music portion to follow, The Weary Traveler, 1201 Williamson St., Madison, WI.
- Saturday, March 10 – Atlanta, GA. More information to come.
- Sunday, March 11, 3-5 pm—Plymouth Congregational Church with Maceo Kemp, 5301 North Capitol St., Washington, DC, open to public, donation to church recommended/not required.
- Sunday, March 11, 6:30-9:30 pm — DC Jazz session at Dahlak Restaurant, 1771 U St. NW, Washington, DC; no cover charge.
- Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm —The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh St., Geneva, NY. Contact: (315) 246-4395.
- Wednesday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 pm—Gilad Atzmon discusses The Wandering Who? and other matters with Norton Mezvinsky, Connecticut State Professor of History Emeritus, at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC; free and open to the public.
- Thursday, March 15, 5-7 pm —Music and talk at DC Peace House, 1233 12th St. NW, Washington, DC; free and open to the public.
- Thursday, March 15, 8 pm—possible additional event TBA.
- Friday, March 16 – New York, NY. More information to come.
Atzmon’s Washington, DC appearances are co-sponsored by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Deir Yassin Remembered, If Americans Knew and Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends.