Mosaic Project is collaboration between
two Israeli composers/ producers, Shmulik Noifeld and Eyal Leon Katzav
with the English lyricist Barry Gilbert.
This combination in the MOsaic Project has created music that expresses
a unique feel. All too often music is categorized, "It's classical,
it's soul, it's blues" etc. There is a certain type of safety in
this; perhaps it's the same sense of security we feel when we identify
ourselves with particular groups, ideals or political persuasions. This
work tries to reflect the colors, sounds, aspirations and roots that
are common to us all. Its mosaic attempts to transcend the borders we
normally impose on ourselves; boundaries which, like a sleep, allows
possibilities to pass us by. If we tear the old rules up, we will be
able to see and listen through new eyes and ears.
The music Shmulik composes in the Mosaic Project draws on his
hometown, Acre, a town where Jews and Arabs co-exist. Shmulik produce
albums for Israelis singers, music for theatre, movies and popular TV
He is definitely amongst the leading composers in Israel for theatre,films,
promos, ads and commercials. Shmulik is a senior lecturer in the Rimon
Academy of music.
Shmulik began writing for the Mosaic project, two years ago. Eyal Katzav
brought his vast experience in musical production and sound. Joining
forces they both embarked on this project which is also a journey in
time and place, a journey enriched by the events and surroundings we
live in. While listening to the soundtracks one can feel how impacted
and nourished are both music and words by our daily visual and additive
Mosaic Project incorporates authentic Arab music played by Arabic musicians
together with modern music played by Israeli musicians. Actually it
makes for a musical voyage, a reflection in time and place of the music
surrounding its producers. Mosaic Project leitmotiv is the link between
the local and universal on the one hand, with the subjective feeling
representative of the whole, on the other.
The music in Mosaic Project is colored with yellow, brown, red
and blue just like the colors symbolizing Israel, its spirit, energy,
landscape and people. The colors reflect well the high temperature,
the flaring tempers in all senses politically, socially and of-course
personally and emotionally.
As usual in such concept albums the producers intend to issue a CD and
a DVD into which the best technical men have contributed. The best producers,
photographers light and soundmen as well as publishers joined in with
minimal cost to contribute their sentiment and interpretation while
producing picture to the music written by Shmulik and Eyal in Mosaic
Project. Shmulik and Eyal note with pride that people simply join the
journey upon hearing the music and give their utmost to the creation.
People stop and take time off their daily routine to give themselves
and off themselves into one of the track sound. More than 150 people
are so far involved.
The musical elements in Mosaic Project incorporate trip-hop, rock, Arabic
and alternative music. All texts touch upon emotions, dreams and fantasies
of people in the region.
The Mosaic Project variety of singers and
players, each with his/her own style and character create a very interesting
Mosaic. Professor Elias Tayssir, An OUD player as well as the flutist
Amir Shishar, the singer Miri Mesika[which is now no 1 singer in Israel
] the bass player composer Avi Baleli has joined in.
Their contribution together with that of the Professor's accompanying
Arabic orchestra makes a novelty that breaks boundaries, trends and
textures. Indeed, it voices a need for a new era in music.
The producers of the Mosaic Project believe
that soon enough listeners will ask for this type of east west mixture
like the Indian trip-hop mix which has been popular in Europe lately
demands for eastern music integrating authentic percussions Arabic flutes
and trendy groove will be increasing indeed. We, as Israeli producers
rooted both in modern and Arabic music are most able to lead this trend.
Having grown up with UM-KULTUM, the famous Arab singer and imbibed the
Muezzin Minaret prayers, we are certainly apt for it.
The soundtrack "influences" ( Mosaic Project no. 1 ) is a
7-minute journey through the local shades of music, we as Israelis,
are accustomed to. Greek, Russian and Arabic sounds are enmeshed with
the background of the electronic modern music of trip-hop.
The song "Rhythm by rhythm" (Mosaic
Project no. 2) says there is a time for everything, a place and duration
for everything. Each and every destiny is determined by the second.
Its melody is totally west but a part, which is in Arabic vocals in
oriental scales. Its very special and interesting interpretation clip
done with 50 participants directed by Ram Baruch for the Mosaic Project.
The photographer Ziv Koren, put up his
repertoire for the "Within sight" (Mosaic Project no. 3).
Produced by Dror Moreh a 24-hour image of our life here is beautifully
created. This is part of our introspection, of our looking within.
One of the songs in the album called "Philip"
(Mosaic Project no 6) is about the life and tragic death of an Israeli
captain - a hero who died on board his ship, which sunk due to a mysterious
accident in the Chinese sea. Philip, a relative of Eyal inspired a rock
hop-trip song. Its clip done with special effects was taken on a very
similar ship to the one Philip commanded.
With promotion abroad as a prospect, the producers chose to write in
the English language except for the song "Adom Lehadom" (Mosaic
Project no. 7), a creation of Meir Goldberg, consisting of a reflection
on our local society in puns .It is not man to man is foe but rather
bloodhounds relationship or crimson blood to blood- golden sort of thing.
In Hebrew the pun is significant as man, blood and the color red are
similar words: man is Adam, red is Adom and blood is Dam. These puns
add a twist of cynicism juxtaposing the romance, innocence and energy.
Mosaic Project is definitely a statement of the artists living and creating
here. Mosaic Project is an attempt to envisage the world with dream,
fantasy and cynicism. Energy, paranoia, innocence, sarcasm and glamour
are all in
it together. This is the poetry of "the others" in a time
when the "center" is collapsing. Their dialectic expresses
a new era in music. One has to simply listen and imagine.
Mosaic Project producers wish to personally note to you that sometimes
when one lives in a country such as ours, where one can't tell the next
minute, where one asks oneself questions that are rarely asked by others,
we feel the need to convey to the world that there are people, normal
people living here. These people are the likes of me who are dressed
just like the likes of you, hear the same kind of music, live the same
daily life on the same universe. Mosaic Project is my call. I wish to
make the people out there listen and feel who we are. We are no exception.
We are no less no more human or humane
than anyone else.
We have the same beat and groove though slightly tinted and perfumed
with the air around here.
I see Mosaic Project a kind of giving,
a giving to the world of music. I also feel like we wrote on Mosaic
Project track no 4. That if we know how, if you and us know how to do
it right we can even dry the rain.
Well, to sum it up better I may say that Mosaic Project is my call and
soul. That is why I put so much into it.
Thank you for reading this.