Just an example of why I love Miri Ben-Ari’s music! What I love so much about her style, is that you can really hear the natural fusion of her Classical and jazz backgrounds with her love for hip-hop. It’s very organic, very much her voice through her fiddle. This, in my opinion, is what true musical genre expansion and fusion is all about. 🙂
I came all the way from Israel to America with a violin and a dream. My music education, discipline and determination helped me to become a musician and an artist, but it was my ability to think “outside the box” that helped me to make a difference.
“Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award-Winning violinist originally from Israel, has created her own unique sound by a revolutionary fusion of classical style with jazz, R&B and hip hop. She has been recognized as a musical pioneer…She studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern and has earned the honor from New York’s Apollo Theater as an Apollo Legend…Miri Ben-Ari was honored as an “International Jewish Women To Watch of 2007, she received the 2008 Israel Film Festival Visionary Award, the American Society for Yad Vashem 2011 Young Leadership Associates Remembrance Award and she is the first Israeli to receive the Martin Luther King Award from Israeli President, Shimon Peres. In 2011 Miri Ben-Ari was invited by America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, as a “Remarkable Woman” Mentor to be a part of the annual celebration of Women’s History Month and to perform at the White House. Miri was later invited by media icon Yue-Sai Kan for a special performance during “Miss Universe China” in Beijing, a live broadcast to hundreds of millions of people in China. She is the CEO and co-founder of Gedenk (“Remember”), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness among young people about the Jewish Holocaust.” (Miri Ben-Ari’s Bio Page)