Ariel Lazarus, PhD – Composer, Guitarist and Researcher of Sephardi Music

Ariel Lazarus

Ariel Lazarus is a unique voice among Israeli composers today. Brought up in a family with Jewish musical roots (Hazannut) both in Gibraltar and Westphalia, he began composing and playing the guitar in his teens, and has been committed to developing his own compositional language ever since, always maintaining an open dialogue with his traditions.

​Ariel’s symphonic works where premiered by the Israeli Ra’anana Symphony Orchestra , and his chamber works by various performers in Germany, USA, France, Luxemburg, Hungary Gibraltar and Israel.
Ariel’s recordings where released by the German based label “SmoothFactor” and received critical acclaim by various News Papers, TV and Radio shows (Haaretz, IBA, KAN Tarbut, 88 FM, Neue Westfalishe etc)

Ariel recently was awarded a PhD from Bar Ilan University, where he studied composition with Prof. Gideon Lewensohn and Prof. Betty Olivero and conducted research under the supervision of Prof. Edwin Seroussi from the Hebrew University. Ariel has received diplomas in classical guitar performance and composition from the Oklahoma City University where he studied with American composer Dr. Edward Knight.

Ariel currently holds a position as music lecturer at the Academic College for Music Education “Givat Washington”, and the “Rimon School of Music” . Ariel is the musical director of the Israeli Ladino Orchestra. He performs concerts worldwide and gives master classes.

​Ariel is married to Yamit and father to Uri, Emily and Agam.

In 2018, Ariel visited Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Malmo on behalf of Amiel BaKehila. In 2019, he will participate in his second ABK delegation to San Antonio, TX, Santa Fe, NM and Long Branch, NJ.

And They’re Off!

After two and half months of intensive work, our first delegations are on their way – with more to follow soon. This has not been an easy feat to pull off but we are excited that our months of hard work and planning have come to fruition.

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut we have sent our first delegation to Poland. Our first delegation is comprised of Rav Boaz Pash – our delegation leader who will be returning to Poland for more trips during the year. Israel Engager Laura Ben David will talk about the ultimate Israel Experience making Aliya and living in Israel, and Mishael Dickman, musician extraordinaire will perform as well as run music workshops in Jewish schools and youth groups. The trip begins at the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations in Warsaw, Poland. From there they will travel to Brotzlov and then on to Lodz, finishing once again in Warsaw. Throughout the trip our delegation will focus on the topic of Israel Independence day. Continue reading “And They’re Off!”

Mishael Dickman – Musician, DJ

Mishael Dickman,   a talented musician and DJ, was born in New York and moved to Israel with his family at age 10.

He attended the Rubin Conservatory for 3 years where he studied classical music, as well as freestyle, composition and improv with many teachers, among them the famous composer Andre Haydu.

After Mishael’s army service he studied Jazz at Hebrew U and the Rubin Academy.

In 2003 Mishael started a Jewish Music band called Para Aduma composing music primarily from Jewish texts as well as original texts.

Mishael has played with various artists such as Chemi Roodner, members of Shotei Hanivuah, Sha’anan Street(Hadag Nachash), Shlomo Bar(Habrera Hativit), Kobi Oz(Tea packs) Yehuda Katz(Reva L’Sheva) Ehud Banai and more.

He’s produced one full album with Para Aduma, and a few singles which he produced seperately.

Mishael has also worked as a cantor for a community in Europe during the high holidays for the last 4 years.

Today he lives in Jerusalem and performs at weddings, bar-mitzvahs and corporate events.