Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken
""Joy" album of the Israeli ensemble "Modalius", directed by Etty BenZaken & Eitan Steinberg, presents multi-culturalism - in Israel and in general - as a source of true pleasure!" - Ha'aretz, 2017 The full review (in Hebrew) >>
Modalius Ensemble is a classic-ethnic group that brings together prominent Israeli musicians, each specializes in a different musical style—from Middle Eastern ethnic music to contemporary concert music, from Early music to Jazz. The ensemble creates an inter-cultural discourse through research and performance of ethnic music from various communities in Israel. At the same time we enthusiastically perform contemporary compositions created especially for us. The ensemble was founded and is directed by the acclaimed Israeli artistic couple vocalist Etty BenZaken & composer Eitan Steinberg and is supported in part by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Modalius’ vision is to bridge the common separations between ‘ethnic’ ‘classical’ and ‘contemporary’ music. With a thorough research, Modalius preserves and revives folk and traditional music from the many ethnic communities in Israel. Modalius’ programs celebrate the many identities in Israel’s culture and at the same time show how we all share common characteristics. The ensemble's performances of contemporary pieces makes new music accesible and understandable, without compromising on virtuoso performance. Modalius' artistic mode is a bridging cultural mode, of quality and depth.
3 CDs performed by Modalius Ensemble are now available:
Etty BenZaken and Modalius: selection clip from "Joy"
Eitan Steinberg's "Spinning" composed for Modalius
Modalius perform an anonymous Italian Medieval Saltarello. Arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Etty BenZaken & Modalius perform a Palestinian wedding song. Arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Yuval Shay-El's piece, composed for Modalius
Sara Shoham's "Identity Issues" composed for Modalius
For many more videos with Modalius, visit the Video Library >>