Miki Gavrielov teams up with Australian rocker for English song


At first glance, you wouldn’t quite put Miki Gavrielov in the same area of ​​the music industry as David Lowy.

For starters, the latter is the 66-year-old founder and lead guitarist of The Dead Daisies, an Australian-American heavy rock band used to playing in stadiums and other big venues around the world. Meanwhile, Gavrielov is a 71-year-old Israeli guitarist-singer who, although he has ventured into the rock world for the past half-century or so, has for some years been tending towards the quieter, more balladish end. of the stylistic musical spectrum. , in Hebrew.

Regardless, the pair recently joined forces on an emotional number called ‘A World’s Gone Crazy’.

With everything going on for about a year, it doesn’t exactly take a PhD in astrophysics to guess what Gavrielov was looking to unload with his very first song in English, as a solo artist.

“I think we have to take care of the world,” he says. “If we don’t take care of it, we’ll never get out of this pandemic mess.”

The opening stanza states it in no uncertain terms: “A world has gone mad. The world has gone mad. My mind is getting cloudy. It’s so bad. There is also an ecological subtext in there.

This IS quite a departure for the septuagenarian, and not just because of the change of language.

He is perhaps best known for his long collaboration with the late Israeli pop-rock singer Arik Einstein, although he first noticed in the mid-sixties as the founder of pioneering Israeli rock band The Churchills. And, while the group mainly covered American and British rock and pop hits of the era, they usually had the services of a bona fide English-speaking frontman to ensure the lyrics were delivered exactly as the Queen / President l ‘planned.

Not that Gavrielov was a complete stranger to English, having translated his own lyrics into Hebrew in the Churchills heavy rock number “Messianic Times” at the time. Now, however, he felt it was time to try and get his plaintive message across to as large an audience as possible, which necessarily meant conveying the feelings in a language understood by many across the world.

“I always express my feelings and thoughts through my music, and this song has a social and socio-political message,” he notes. “I also wanted to make this known to people outside of Israel.”

Gavrielov’s singer-songwriter’s daughter, Shira, helped ensure that English grammar and syntax were accepted.

HAVING LOWY, who also happens to be the son of Israeli-Australian billionaire Frank Lowy, on board for the ride could certainly help draw attention to Gavrielov’s intention.

The two first crossed paths at a dinner party in New York City at a mutual friend’s house a few years ago. They discussed their common profession and got along together, even if a coincidence brought them together professionally a little later.

“We chatted, and we had the connection through the music,” Lowy recalls.

They might have enjoyed each other’s company, but their musical synergy really started on this side of the world.

“My father lives in Israel and I come to Israel about every month,” Lowy explains.

He also does his best to feel at home here.

“Every time I’m in Israel, I go to ulpan, even though I’m not making much progress,” he laughs. “It’s hard to make progress with my Hebrew outside of Israel,” he adds impressively in Hebrew.

It was while he was on a break from his Hebrew class in Tel Aviv that Gavrielov’s wife Michelle, who was at the aforementioned social occasion in New York City, passed by the cafe where the rocker was sitting. , spotted Lowy and the two. musicians duly plugged in again.

Despite his much wilder sound output, Lowy says he had no problem finding a common musical language with his Israeli counterpart.

“I like a wide range of music. I love rock & roll and I love to play rock & roll. But I like to collaborate with other musicians, ”he explains, adding modestly:“ I like to stand on the shoulders of giants, ”he laughs. “And Miki is definitely a giant, just like her daughter Shira.” That’s praise indeed, coming from a musician of Lowy’s world reputation.

When Lowy and Gavrielov got together, virtually, they didn’t start from scratch.

“I like the right kind of ballad,” Lowy says. “It’s rare for me to do that, but I had this chord progression that I had been playing with for a long time. It’s been spinning in my head for a long time, and I thought I would play them [father and daughter Gavrielov] and see if it resonated with them. It made.”

It was still in the midst of a global pandemic and the logistics were difficult.

“It was difficult to walk into the room together, and performing and recording the song was difficult,” Lowy notes. “We did it a bit by remote control.”

The Gavrielovs entered Miki’s studio in Ramat Hasharon and recorded their parts.

“It came out a bit like a song in the style of the 70s,” observes Gavrielov. “I thought I would jump deeper and see how it goes.”

The man is clearly a good swimmer.

There may be others where “A World’s Gone Crazy” comes from. If it does materialize, Gavrielov is considering a multi-layered offer. “I come from a Turkish background, actually Ladino, and there was Greek and Armenian music in the house. And David brings the rock music side with him. We’ll see what happens.”

The “rock side” comes out loud and clear in Lowy’s guitar solo on the number. It should be interesting to see where the Lowy-Gavrielov path leads.


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