Yuval Avital - Composer, Director
Born in Jerusalem 1977.
Composer, Director of Multi Media and poly-Cultural projects, Classic Guitar player.
Since 2005 Founder and director of Magà global arts around the world, an international artistic force, realizing concerts, projects and installations in the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. From 2008, Magà, led by Avital, is an organization in residence in Milan's new technologies in music and performing arts innovation center - AGON Since 2006 Founder and director of the international music and multi media TRIALOGO FESTIVAL, held throughout Italy.
Nori Jacoby - Executive artistic director
Born in 1979.
Composer, viola player. Nori is writing chamber and orchestral music as well as music for theater and dance. played his composition and arrangements in distinguished festivals around the world among them: Singapore Art Festival (2006), Chicago World Music Festival (2005), Melbourne Festival (2005), London Jewish culture festival (Place Theater 1999), Krakov Dance festival (2001) and Israeli festival (2007,2004,2003). was involved in many interdisciplinary music projects as writing pieces for overtone singers and cross-cultural ensemble ("Overtones" 2006) and writing music for Rock Band and string quartet ("ICSQ and the Tracktor Revenge" 2004). Currently Nori is working with his ensemble "Tefilalt" on a CD for John Zorn's label Tzadik.
AGON is a music and multi media production and research center, based in Milan, Italy from 1990.
It represents a point of reference for the research and the musical creativity tied to the new technologies and multi media in general.
AGON has realized over 250 productions: concerts, commissioned works of composers, shows of theatre-music, interactive video-works, multimedia installations, soundtracks for film and video. In its years of activity, AGON has been collaborating with numerous leading cultural centers, didactic Institutions and Universities all over Europe.
Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698–1760), also known as the Ba'al Shem Tov, is seen as the founding figure of Hassidic Judaism. It originated in an age of persecution of the Jewish people when European Jews had turned inward to Talmud study. Many felt that most expressions of Jewish life had become too "academic" and that they no longer had any emphasis on spirituality or joy. The Nigun (in Hebrew, melody or humming tune) is one of the most important musical contributions of the Hassidim to Jewish music.
Different Hassidic groups have their own nigunim, often composed by their Rebbe or leader. Hassidim gather around during holidays to sing in groups.
There are also nigunim for individual meditation, called devekut (connecting with God). These are usually much slower than around-the-table nigunim and are almost always sung without lyrics. The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hassidism, spoke of devekus nigunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” Several tunes attributed to him are still used today.
Shira Miasnik - Live video
Shira Miasnik works at the nexus of video making, interactive art and interaction design. Through performances, digital and non-digital artifacts, mostly created with collaborators, she makes visible our ways of interacting with each other and with oneself.
Miasnik's works includes the creation of 'KEE'  A Digital Instrument for the Performing Arts which was granted an Honorably Mention from Taiwan design competition, co-creation of 'Solo Siento' , a dance and video performance, performed widely in Europe, Far-East and arrived as a finalist at the Monaco Dance Forum for digital arts and dance. Her Projects won 1st prize in Video Dance Festival Tel-Aviv, broadcasted in Spanish TV and were published internationally in magazines such as Canadian 'Applied Arts', Dutch 'Items', Russian 'K', Israeli 'Gallery'.