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December 17th, 2010

For those of you who never heard of Apparat Organ Quartet (see previous post) and expect chamber music here you are..


Dont postpone joy

July 13th, 2009

The reason I haven’t been writing for a few days is that I had visitors from the U.S and I was busy entertaining. This leads us to the subject of this post. I wanted to tell you about a very special place I took my guests to. It is located in the village of Ein Hod. Ein Hod is an artist village located near the northern port city Haifa. Only artists are accepted as members and residents. Most artists open their old brick houses to visitors to showcase and sell their art, whether this is sculpture, woodwork, jewelry design, painting…. One of the places I took them to is the Nisco museum of music boxes and mechanical music, (founded by Nisan Cohen who I have met in New York, when he had this wonderful store on the upper west side, a shop called The Last Wound Up). The museum is located just outside the village in a wild looking house viewing the Mediterranean sea. This amazing place contains one of the finest collections of antique music boxes and other mechanical musical instruments. The collection that has been accumulated and very well maintained over 40 years by Nissan Cohen, the founder, contains music boxes, hurdy gurdies, an automatic organ, player pianos, 150 year old manivelles, the oldest gramophones you have ever seen, hand operated player pianos and many other antique and peculiar musical instruments. And we were given the grand tour with demonstrations and wonderful narration, with a lot of humor, by the owner himself. One of the highlights of the tour is a hundred year old record of the Hatikva, The Israeli anthem, being sung with different lyrics, where the singer longs to return to the Hollyland ( remember it was written and performed 50 years before Israel was declared an independent country in 1948 ). Anyway, I do not want to talk about the sounds I have heard, because you got to listen to these heavenly sounds yourselves. I am just showing you some of the sights of this magical place. If you are a musician, a music lover, or you can just appreciate a god created sound, just go there and listen to those 150 year old music boxes and you’ll freak out. Not to mention the view from the terrace, the option of a longer visit with a full concert and a cake and coffee on the lovely terrace. As Nisan says, “Don’t postpone joy”, just go there.   

The Nisco museum web page.

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