No, this is not going to be a post about the vacuousness found within certain quarters of the city by the sea. This is a post about a photo exhibition taking place at the Tel Aviv Opera. Titled “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” it is on display until December 13th. The exhibition features photos of world-class Jazz musicians performing at the Tel Aviv Opera but taken during the more intimate sound checks as opposed to the performance. But wait, that’s not all! Photographer Maya Hed, originally from Los Angeles, dispenses with the conventional jazz musician photography techniques:

Further, after enduring the black and white photography documentation of jazz music over the past years, Maya’s fresh approach presents a large amount of photographs in color in the belief that emotions and stage life , come to light better in her colorful menagerie outlook… The camera leads us behind the scenes with such luminaries as Stefano Bollani who overwhelmed Italian jazz culture, Tony Pancella who is a very important figure in Italian Jazz, and Nicola Stilo who played with one of jazz’s greatest artists, the notorious Chet Baker and many more.

From L to R, 1st photo: Wessell Anderson (U.S), Rosario Giuliani (Italy ), Robert Anchipolovsky (Russia/Israel ), 2nd photo: Tony Pancella (Italy). 3rd photo: Tokunbo Akinro (Germany)

There is going to be a Toast on Thursday, Nov. 24th at the Israeli Opera House Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center from 7 pm to 10 pm. The address is 19 Shaul Hamelech St. in Tel Aviv. There will be kosher wine, bubbly and snackies and Ms. Hed will be there as well. For more info you can contact Maya at [email protected]. So if you’re in Tel Aviv and not at some Thanksgiving thing, go! Otherwise check out the pics at the Tel Aviv Opera from Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, on Fridays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and during shows. But only till December 13th!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.