For over 30 years, the star Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, who performs at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on June 14, has been entertaining audiences with real talent and just a dollop of chutzpah.
The grandson of Wellesley (Pinchas) Aron, Chaim Weizmann’s political secretary and co-founder of the Habonim movement as well as the Arab-Israeli settlement, Neve Shalom – Wāħat as-Salām, Broza was born in Haifa but raised in England and Spain. In the last country he picked up a highly personalized shorthand reduction of flamenco guitar style, without the benefit of formal studies, which has been a mainstay of his performances for decades.
Critics are at a total loss to describe Broza, now 54, reaching out for wildly inapposite terms like “Bruce Springsteen of Israel” or “post-modern Leonard Cohen” or even “Stevie Ray Vaughan of folk-rock.” On the contrary, Broza is Broza, from his start as a 1970s tousled-hair heartthrob to today’s performer, with somewhat less hair but comparable intensity and expressivity.
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