Sephardic Music Festival’s goal is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground. By way of this work, we put forth a public Jewish face to multi-cultural, inter-faith, creative, and collaborative bridge-building.
Please feel free to send all music submissions to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Bancs/SMF: 1976 S. La Cienega Blvd # 199 Los Angeles, CA 90034
For press, sponsorship, inquiries, or to volunteer
EMAIL: email@example.com with “Sephardic Fest” in the subject.
SMF NEEDS INTERNS & STREET TEAM (email us)
Erez Safar – a.k.a. Diwon (pronounced dee-wan) – an LA-based creative machine and gallerist producing video, music and art that pops in a world where popular styles have been left in a state of static. Safar is the founder and CEO of Bancs Media & Studio Bancs, an award winning production company & creative art spaces with expertise in branding, music production, websites, interactive design and commercials and the co-founder of Gallery 38 a creative art space and art gallery in Los Angeles which he curates with Badir McCleary of ArtAboveReality.
Safar is also the founder of Shemspeed, an independent recording label and promotional agency devoted to producing and developing dynamic multicultural artists and interactive media and is the producer of the extremely successful annual Sephardic Music Festival in New York City and Los Angeles.
Safar has been selected by The Forward as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Jews and has been featured in countless publications and TV programs including the New York Times, BBC and CBS. His businesses have been profiled in Bloomberg Business Week, Time Magazine, and on NBC. As a producer, Safar has been dubbed a “buzzmaking beatsmith” by The DJ Booth, URB noted that “Diwon is something else…in a profound kind of way”. Safar is “producer as auteur as every track takes you through the emotional space of the artist, like Kanye or Godard.”
Through the arts and education, Safar aims to bring people together to celebrate both diversity and common ground.
Recently named ’36 Under 36′ most influential Young Professionals in NYC by The Jewish Week; Sivan Hadari is a well-known Israeli-American Producer, Actress & Self-Proclaimed Jewlebrity. She is a graduate of the prestigious Alon High School for Performing Arts, The Bet Zvi Conservatory, was a member of The MRA Israeli Theatre Company, attended HB Studios as well as The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Hadari’s one woman show; The Emancipation of a Sassy Jewish Woman, won the award for Best Solo Debut Off-Broadway and toured the country. Sivan is the Founder and President of Isramerica, an organization that fosters connections between Israeli-American and Jewish-America communities through art and social events, and serves as the Director of The Chavaya Fellowship; an international, cross cultural program for young Jewish artists and lay leaders in partnership with Jewish communities in the US, Israel & Germany. She has produced countless cultural events in New York including: No Exit, Sabra, A Daughter of Israel, J-Slam, Israfest with Rami Kleinstein, Rock Atzmaut; Israel’s 65th with Meshina, Hadag Nachash and Matisyahu, NYC Unplugged; The Roast of Israel, From Tel Aviv to Broadway, The Sephardic Music Festival, The I HEART ISRAEL Music Festival and many more events all over NYC. Hadari was onsite reporter for Shalom TV and has produced Galas for The Times of Israel with Israeli President Shimon Peres, The Jewish International Connection of New York, The Kings Bay Y, The Bnai Zion Foundation, Tikva Children’s Home, The American Zionist Movement, Soroka Medical Center and Larger Than Life. Sivan is a board member at JICNY, Moatza Mekomit and a member of New York Women in Communications. She was awarded the Young Leadership Award by the Jewish International Connection of New York for her dedication to Jewish Life in 2014.
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