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The strings of Sunita`s Celtic Harp and Gal`s fiddle resonate with the echoes of ancient footsteps. The music of Tzalool draws from the deep well of traditional Celtic and Jewish music yet reflects the dynamic melting pot of today`s Israel. Hints of jazz improvisation, gypsy rhythms and even classical overtones are entwined with traditional Celtic and Jewish music. Together, Gal and Sunita create their own arrangements of the traditional tunes. They started their journey with Celtic music and have forged a new path by blending both Jewish and Celtic music.
Currently, the concerts of Tzalool draw upon traditional Irish music from their debut recording,”Have you been at the river ?”. The title track to their new CD belongs to the gentle and magical side of Celtic music. Tzalool`s performances are intimate and touch your soul as they balance slow aires with rhythmic dances full of the joy of life.
Sunita Staneslow, harp, emigrated to Israel with her family during the summer of 2000Classically trained, but with a passion for ethnic music , Sunita has published books of her harp arrangements for the past twenty years. When she isn`t driving across Israel to perform, Sunita can be found teaching at harp workshops and festivals across North America. Or, you may find her in a studio. She has over 12 recordings to her credit of classical, Jewish and Celtic music with various ensembles. www.sunitaharp.com
Gal Shahar, fiddle, is classically trained with a passion for Early Music. His creativity and musicality led him to Essev Bar. A popular ethnic Israeli Band which he performed with for three years. During this time, Gal recorded two CDs as a member of Essev Bar. In 1999, Gal formed his own ensemble, Evergreen, wich performs both original songs and music influenced by the love of Celtic music. Evergreen has performed at numerous festivals across Israel and produced two albums. www.evergreen.org.il
The concerts of Tzalool are suited for intimate chamber concert series in addition to folk festivals. Tzalool`s debut performance was at Jacob`s Ladder Folk Festival by the Sea of Galilee in December 2006.This past spring, Tzalool was invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Folk Harp Festival in Scotland. During August of 2008, Tzalool will tour Canada. Please visit the calendar section for concert and festival listings. A tour is being planned in 2009 for USA and Japan.
In Israel, Tzalool`s performances create a special atmosphere for chamber music series, in addition to gallery openings and special events.