One important aspect of the work of the Center for World Music is promoting inter-cultural understanding through performing arts. It’s not always easy. Here’s a thought-provoking article, with nice music videos . . .
Band leader and clarinetist [Harel] Shachal is one of a small group of Israelis who have devoted themselves to learning and teaching the complicated nuances of Turkish music, which is quite distinct from the Arabic-style music typically performed in Israel by both Jews and Arabs. It is a style which has become much more visible in Israel over the last few years, despite the political difficulties that have arisen between Israel and Turkey over the same period.