Idan Raichel

Producer, keyboardist, and composer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet's biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Over the past dozen years, Idan has collaborated with American pop stars India.Arie, Dave Matthews and Alicia Keys, not to mention a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal's Ana Moura, France's Patrick Bruel, Italy's Ornella Vanoni, Germany's Andreas Scholl, and Mali's Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few. The Idan Raichel Project’s spectacular live show has enchanted audiences worldwide. They have headlined in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York's Central Park Summer Stage, Apollo Theater, Town Hall and Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, the Sydney Opera House, Zenith in Paris, London’s Royal Albert Hall and many international festivals. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Japan and dozens of other countries for enraptured audiences of all backgrounds.


Idan Raichel comes full circle and goes back to basics on his intimate new album, At the Edge of the Beginning. An introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle, personal songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements, the album reflects on the cycles of life, human connections and starting anew. "Sometimes, you need to return to the simple things in life." So muses Idan Raichel when asked about the motivations behind his elemental new album, which was recorded over a period of three months in his parent's basement. "This album has been a way for me to find myself, to come to terms with the fact that I am now part of a close family," notes Raichel. "I'm not here for just myself anymore; I'm here for my daughters. It's a personal album, a chance for me to be a storyteller."

Latest News

September 29, 2014 — 

In her new song "We Are Here," Keys calls on artists to build bridges and promote peace


Raichel’s newest collaboration with Malian Muslim artist Vieux Farka Touré, The Paris Session, out tomorrow, September 30


Video of Keys’ "We Are Here," feat. Raichel and Amr as part of the Global Citizen Festival, Live on NBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfgiqFme-Fs&list=UUGwuWQ_oCQfQ4lPASPbCvYg 


Israeli pianist, singer and composer Idan Raichel, along with Palestinian singer and qanun player Ali Amr, came to New York over the weekend to perform with Alicia Keys, Saturday, September 27, in Central Park as part of the Global Citizen Festival. The event featured artists including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Sting, No Doubt and Carrie Underwood, and appearances by numerous global dignitaries and world leaders. For an audience of 60,000, Keys, Raichel and Amr performed “We Are Here,” a new song Keys wrote to unite her audience in a global effort for peace, and to encourage young people to play an active role in making the world a better place. Raichel has crossed boundaries throughout his career, collaborating with artists of different cultural backgrounds, religions and national origins, including Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré in the Touré Raichel Collective, whose new album, The Paris, Session is released by Cumbancha tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 30). 

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New Video from The Idan Raichel Project

October 01, 2013 — 

Watch the New Video from The Idan Raichel Project featuring countertenor Andreas Scholl.


Watch The Video for "In Stiller Nacht (In A Quiet Night)"


August 23, 2013 — 
Sixteen-Date US Tour Begins October 9th

“The idea that one could create a cohesive album by pulling together unique voices singing in different languages and from different musical traditions would seem daunting. Yet this challenge is what Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel has embraced and brought to blossom.” - The Washington Post
The Idan Raichel Project brings its acclaimed live concert experience to the United States this October for a sixteen-city tour that sees the multicultural ensemble performing at prestigious venues such as Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Beacon Theater in New York, Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC and others. The tour is the group's first since the international release of their latest album Quarter to Six (Cumbancha) in June, which has continued their ten-year streak of top-selling and critically acclaimed recordings. The Idan Raichel Project have become global ambassadors representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs.


Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
Los Angeles, CA Royce Hall
San Francisco, CA Nourse Theatre
Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre
Denver, CO Gates Concert Hall
Miami, FL Knight Concert Hall
Atlanta, GA Rialto Center
Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium
Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center
Port Washington, NY Landmark on Main Street
Storrs, CT Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Bethlehem, PA Zoellner Arts Center
Amherst, MA Fine Arts Center
Potsdam, NY Maxcy Hall Sports Complex
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June 04, 2013 — 
Quarter to Six, the new album from this hugely successful Israeli ensemble, features guest appearances by Ana Moura from Portugal, Vieux Farka Touré from Mali, German countertenor Andreas Scholl, Palestinean-Israeli singer Mira Awad, Marta Gomez from Colombia and some of Israel's top vocalists and musicians.

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May 29, 2013 — 

To celebrate the upcoming international release of The Idan Raichel Project's new album Quarter to Six, we are offering a FREE DOWNLOAD and new video of the song "Mon Amour" featuring Vieux Farka Touré from Mali. The free download of "Mon Amour" is available until June 4th, the day the album will be released.


We hope you enjoy the song and the video and will tell all of your friends that the new album is coming soon. Please pre-order The Idan Raichel Project's new album at the Cumbancha store or at iTunes now. 

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May 28, 2013 — 

The Idan Raichel Project, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed music groups from Israel, will be presenting four concerts at the picturesque Caesarea Amphitheater on June 11, 12, 13, and 15th. Located amidst the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Caesarea Amphitheater dates back to the era of King Herod who ruled from the years 37-4 BCE. The current capacity of the venue is 3800 people, and with the concerts now sold-out in advance, The Idan Raichel Project will perform to over 15,000 people during the course of week. The concerts offer a rare opportunity to experience a performance by one of Israel's leading musical groups and cultural ambassadors in a unique and magical setting.

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May 16, 2013 — 
To say Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel has been busy since The Idan Raichel Project’s last album Within My Walls was released would be an understatement. In the past four years, Raichel has released a 3-disc live album set, written numerous songs and toured with GRAMMY winner India Arie, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony, co-written a song calling for racial harmony with Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, performed for President Obama and family at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, performed at the ceremony inaugurating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC, sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and other major venues worldwide, toured India, South America and Africa and released the highly praised Tel Aviv Session album with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré
In that prolific span, Idan Raichel somehow managed to find the time to create perhaps the most enchanting Idan Raichel Project album to date, Quarter To Six. The new album will be released by Cumbancha in North America on June 4th, 2013 with a North American tour bringing the complete lineup of diverse musicians to major stages starting in October. The album will be released in Europe on October 7th (September 23rd in France) with tour dates to follow.
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February 11, 2013 — 

The Idan Raichel Project is returning to North America after selling out 2 shows at Town Hall in New York City this January. Starting February 12, the 7-musician lineup of The Idan Raichel Project Acoustic Tour will be on tour in Canada and the US. The Idan Raichel Project will be showcasing their biggest hit songs alongside new material from their upcoming album which will be released in June 2013 on Cumbancha. 

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