The Zelikovitz Centre is hosting Michael Greilsammer as a visiting artist this winter, courtesy of the Schusterman Visiting Artists Program. This program brings Israeli artists to North American colleges and universities for the purpose of offering audiences the opportunity to engage with contemporary Israeli culture.
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 10:00pm: Avant-Garde Bar – Michael and Shimrit Greilsammer Performance – 135 1/2 Besserer Street
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00pm: Agudath Israel Youth Havdallah Event with Michael and Shimrit Greilsammer – 1400 Coldrey Avenue
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:00pm: Rock, Reggae and Brews Event with Hillel Ottawa Students at the Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave E)
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 8:00pm: Soloway JCC Concert with Michael and Shimrit Greilsammer – cost: $10 – 21 Nadolny Sachs Private
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 8:00pm: Concert at the Daily Grind Art Cafe – 601 Somerset St.
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8:00pm: Glebe Shul Purim Concert – www.glebeshul.com
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 5:30pm: Young Israel Concert
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 8:00pm: Greilsammer Jam Session with Hillel Ottawa Students
*Events are added on a regular basis – check this link for updates.
Israeli-born violinist and singer-songwriter, Michael Greilsammer is a revolutionary musical phenomenon. The child of French immigrant parents and pronounced a child prodigy at the age of five, Michael’s unique music blends Irish, Reggae and Rock flavors to create a magical sound, guaranteed to lift the soul and sweep an audience onto the dance floor.
Michael’s debut album, ”Mitorer / Je me réveille” (Waking Up) was released by the major French music label, ’Naïve‘, which boasts renowned artists such as Carla Bruni and Marian Faithfull. In 2009 Michael’s first single ‘Ishti Hayekara‘ (My Beloved Wife) reached the top of Israeli charts and his follow-up single, ‘J’t’emmene au vent‘ (a ’Louise Attaque’ cover) paved the way for his increasing success.
In his second album, ‘B Paris’, Michael collaborates with his wife, Shimrit, whose voice has been likened to that of angels. The album was called “A perfect album” and “irresistible“ by the Israeli media.
Michael and his band have performed internationally in Barbados, the UK and have toured extensively in France. Regularly performing in major venues in his native Israel, Michael has also been a supporting act for several international artists including Macy Gray, Ziggy Marley and The Wailers. He has also played alongside popular Irish musicians including John McSherry and Emer Mayock and together with Amadou & Mariam who hail from Mali.