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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Les Colombes Opening Night

For the opening night of Les Colombes: The White Doves, an Art for Peace Project by Michael Pendry at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Israeli-Swiss duo, Yonatan Maimon and Knaan Shabtay, presented an evening of Hebrew and English folk songs.

Their music combined delicate virtuoso guitar playing with catchy melodies and brought a fresh approach to traditional folk music. The concert was followed by a light and sound showing of Les Colombes: The White Doves.

Yonatan Maimon is an Israeli folk artist who started playing classical guitar at the age of 11. In 2011 he toured Israel with songs he wrote during his military conscription service. In 2014 he released his first demo album, Yonatan Maimon, selling all the copies of the first edition. In spring 2015 he recorded his debut album Beit Shearim produced at the UNESCO site Beit She’arim National Park. This special album was recorded live; inspired by the countryside and influenced by Nick Drake, Jose Gonzalez and Israeli-Latin singer David Broza and poet Meir Ariel. Kol Davar Katan was the first single from the album and was played on several radio stations across Israel and France and performed live in local indie festivals. Yonatan’s second album is soon to be released

Knaan Shabtay is a singer-songwriter and guitar player. His musical genre is often related to indie or folk and is inspired by such artists as Paul Simon and James Taylor. After spending some time in different bands, as frontman or guitar player, in November 2014 he independently released his debut EP Lost In Time which includes four songs. Stay A Little Longer is the first single from the EP and after being featured on different radio stations in Israel and Switzerland in early 2015, Knaan toured Israel including a show at Haifa 100 Live Festival. Sunrise is the first song from his new EP to be released later this year. Its live music video was released a few months ago to critical acclaim from national and international music bloggers.

Les Colombes is a multimedia installation by German artist Michael Pendry. Following successful installations with over 300,000 visitors in Jerusalem and Munich, Les Colombes will descend on St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square from 31 May – 3 July 2017.

Coming straight from Jerusalem, the 2,000 white paper doves, a symbol of the spirit, but also of peace, float through the nave of the church forming an almost 15 metre long sculpture. Light moves around the space and over the sculpture simulating the doves in flight. Quietly and playfully they integrate their movement into the atmosphere, exuding a magical sense of tranquillity and strength.

A sound cloud especially composed and produced for the installation by digital music producers Digital Haze infuses the space with the sound of cooing and fluttering wings. While a gentle rustling of the wind and mystical chords hover in space, alternating between a strong intensity and an ebbing away.

Les Colombes is free to visit during regular opening hours with special late night openings on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30-11.00pm.


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