The definition of a collective refers to a group of individuals acting together while involving all members as a whole. A century ago, Israel’s national theatre HaBima was initially formed as a collective implementing the “all for one and one for all” principle. Although it may seem nowadays that the collective days are gone, in the arts world, the collective format still proves to be viable and even powerful. In 2008, a group formed by some young Israelis insisted on defining itself as a collective, uniting its members in a co-operative music society that operates to achieve a higher artistic goal and encourage collaboration.
Members of this distinct group are talented musicians and childhood friends who play many music genres including jazz, rock, blues, electronic, new folk and funk. Together they present a rich blend that can be characterized as Israeli indie-folk rock, contemporary and local while still regarded as broad and international. They have traveled the world for many years and their first album was produced by Chris Shaw who worked with Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, and more. Three years later, following the successful debut, they released their second album, and embarked on a two-year world tour. They collaborated with Shlomi Shaban in creating his acclaimed album, Targil Be’hitorerut, and appeared with him on stage. This year, following some changes in the group, they released their third album, The Coming of Light. In an interview on YNET website, they are quoted saying, “It required quite a journey to redefine ourselves artistically. This journey took us to ‘mega’ studios in Nashville and car accidents in India, not necessarily in this order, until we got to a basement in Jaffa and started everything anew.”
Music critic, Yossi Hersonski says that their recent album features “something different, something magical, free from a definition of place, a collective of ideas … A multi-layered and multi-conceptual music that reflects an inventive musical mind and the exercising of out-of-the-box creativity and thinking.” With a rich and polished electronic folk, Acollective’s performance is both surprising and exciting. The Ha’Aretz daily newspaper concludes, “The Acollective new version is better than ever, and their new tunes are captivating the audience.”
Idan Rabinovici Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar
Roy Rieck Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica
Emanuel Slonim Vocals, Bass
Roy Rabinovici Vocals, Keyboards, saxophone
Guy Landau Vocals, Electric Guitar
Yoav Arbel Vocals, Drums
Sharon Petrover Drums, Sampler
Photo: Michael Topiol
Duration of the show: 75 minutes.