Holy Wars, Teleskopes
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
In her native Israel, Ninet Tayeb is more than a household name — the acclaimed singer/songwriter/actress is arguably the biggest entertainment figure in the country. But the road here — on the verge of her fifth album, which will be the first to be released in the U.S. — has been anything but comfortable and straightforward. Even a cursory listen to these new songs reveals an artist with deep resilience, fierce determination, and disarming vulnerability. Along with an unflinching vision of her own path, those are traits that have allowed Ninet to emerge as the wild and free voice you hear on this record.
As incongruent as it seems today, over a decade ago the aspiring artist first found success by winning “Israeli Idol”, launching her to instant fame. Her debut album took less than a day to go platinum and yielded five #1 singles, not to mention a long-running TV series (which she starred in) based on her life. Her acting career took off; she delivered an electrifying performance in the movie “The Assassin Next Door” and was nominated for Best Actress in the 2010 Israeli Theatre Awards. She is also a two-time winner of Israel’s “Favorite Music Act” at MTV Europe’s Music Awards.
Collaborating with producer Joseph E-Shine, Ninet has created an album - PARACHUTE - for people to get lost in and — in the end — find their own way home. “I want people to feel whatever they want to feel,” she says. “I wanna be the channel to their deepest thoughts. I wanna make them feel alive.” For an artist who’s stood her ground and made her way on her own terms, it should be no surprise that NINET TAYEB finds live performances — visceral, dynamic, potentially messy — the most powerful way to connect. “The live performance is my favorite part because everything is happening in the present,” she says. “You can’t go back, you can’t delete or change anything. What you see is what you get and I think that nowadays, in the world we are living in, the live shows are the reality. I wish people could be more present in the moment.”
Every war has its point of origin, that moment when some long- simmering conflict boiled over. It’s the archduke’s assassination. It’s the sinking of the Maine. For frontwoman Kat Leon, the music she’s created in dark pop powerhouse Holy Wars was precipitated by a sudden change, but at the same time, it was born from an inner conflict that had long been there.In 2015, the Connecticut-born songwriter was fronting the buzzing L.A. indie band Sad Robot, collaborating with musician Nick Perez on the project and taking part in all the attendant stuff: the video, the studio time, the album release, the photo shoots. Then everything stopped.Leon--whose thoughts and work had always been informed by the spectre of death and the occult--lost both parents in short order that year, plunging her into a grief she’d never known. Music stopped for a while, or at least performing did; for the next year, she saw Holy Wars erupt. In early 2017, Leon re-emerged, altered as an artist by her darkest days. Holy Wars became an extrapolation of the turmoil she felt inside: the sacred and the martial intermingled, doubt and hope at once. Leon had penned in Holy Wars’ first collection of songs a set of letters to grief.The twisting chord progressions Holy Wars employs might at times call to mind Radiohead circa OK Computer; the band’s cannon fire riffs and soaring melodies could be likened to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Kat Leon doesn’t whisper or put on airs as a singer; her voice rises from deep down and takes flight. Some musicians have an agenda; some just want to make people dance. This one is another animal altogether. Holy Wars is less a choice for Kat Leon and more an inevitability. The real war is inside, set in motion by personal grief. That she’s able to transform her grief and conflict into these acts of beauty for the rest of us to connect with--that’s the real gift.