Jerusalem is a very complicated city, beautiful and exhausting, crossed by people from every confession looking for their own little piece of sacred. At the Holy Sepulchre, at the Wailing Wall, on the mosques’ esplanade. People who do not meet. Everything participates in this thrilling but tense climate. As for us, we went there to shoot a Take away show with Israelo-French duet Winter Family. Réal : Vincent Moon Tourné à Jerusalem Quicktime Divx ipod (Note: every downloadable file gathers the 3 parts of this Take away show) Ruth Rosenthal (vocals) and Xavier Klaine (harmonium, organ, piano) play a music fed by the city’s strength and power, by the numerous stories it gathers, when you wander in the streets and listen to the thousand sounds floating in the air, the breath of its ardour. It’ll be difficult to forget these moments when, while on the old city’s rooftops, we heard some strange music, mingled with incantations in arab, hebrew and latin, noises from a radio, its rhythm given by sirens and other plane noises. A huge sound collage imposing contemplation. Yet, this quest for simplicity echoes in their music, whose minimalism reveals an absolute faith in the musical gesture. It cannot be missed when you watch these three videos; Ruth’s hands caressing the city, her voice telling all the stories, while Xavier, rooted, changes all the surrouding whispers into a hypnotizing drone, with only one argument : the swipe of his harmonium. Réal : Vincent Moon Tourné à Jerusalem I understand it now. Slowly but surely, with an unspeakable faith and fear in the stomach, to quote ali_fib, it’s a music which contains a certain melancholy for Jerusalem. We couldn’t have been dreaming of three better places for these three Take away shows, for a city three times sacred. The first "Omaha", next to the Tomb of David, then "Abraham" on the old city’s fortifications, in front of Jerusalem. And the last one, after a brief escapade on the Mount of Olives, "Shooting Stars", all of umoreless
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