The lead figure of the band Yemen Blues, Ravid Kahalani, is an Israeli of Yemeni heritage. Yemen Blues has become one of the leading players on the world music stage in record time, after causing a sensation at a festival in Marseille in 2010, and has earned a reputation as an astounding live performer. Straight from Los Angeles, Kahalani brings Itamar Doari, Rony Iwryn and Shanir Blumenkranz along with their brand new album. Kahalani kicks off from his own country’s musical traditions, adding a rich mix along the way, including the best of jazz and West African music. The band’s music is a mix of the historical and the contemporary, of oud and guitar, with a lot of percussion and a little intense flute, trumpets soft as velvet and elements of the blues, soul, funk and mambo. But Kahalani and his star-studded ensemble from various countries are also inspired by classical opera. It may be hard to sit still!