“Our audience was enchanted by the musical capabilities of Gòn, both his genuine, rich voice and his virtuoso piano playing, as well as his charming personality that crossed all language borders.”
- Ambassador of Israel Irit Lillian, Bulgaria
“His soulful, swoon-worthy set combines intimate songwriting with haunting renditions of American standards”
- Jose Solis
Gòn’s “Great Israeli American Songbook” is a collection of new arrangements of beloved popular songs from America and Israel, from Arik Einstein to Paul Simon. After an outstanding debut at Congregation B’nai Torah (Boca Raton, FL) early this year, the concert has been performed in numerous venues across the US and abroad. Gòn has received marvelous reviews and standing ovations from audiences in Aruba, Bulgaria and the acclaimed NYC venue Joe’s Pub.
Gòn Halevi is a singer, pianist, actor and composer. Born and raised in Israel, he is known to Israeli audiences from numerous projects. These include the production of “The Sound of Music” at the Israeli Opera House in Tel Aviv, for which he received rave reviews in his part as “Rolf”; “Nostalgia” – a program of his own beautiful arrangements of internationally known Israeli standards; “Kshe’or Dolek Bachalonech” – a hugely successful tribute to the greatest Israeli composer of the 20th century, Sasha Argov (alongside singer Roni Ginossar)
Gòn is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree in opera singing at the Mannes School of Music in Manhattan.
Joining Gon in “The Great Israeli American Songbook”:
Jessie Reagen Mann, originally from Chicago, is a New York-based cellist. She is a member of the Om Shalom Trio, an ensemble that combines Indian Ragas and Jewish melodies, Musician in Residence at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, and a founding member of 2VC, a project dedicated to expanding the repertoire for two cellos.
Tali Rubinstein is a recorder player and composer. Originally professionally trained in classical performance in Israel, Tali dove into the jazz world with flautist Ilan Salem. On the 2015 Latin Grammy Award winning album, “Entre 20 Aguas,” Tali contributed her composition, playing and singing. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for her skill with the recorder.
Sasha Daniel, originally from Russia, moved with her family to Israel in 1992. After high school, she served as a soloist in the IDF Air Force band. Meanwhile, she auditioned for the Israeli version of “American Idol,” in which she reached the semi-finals. She then moved to Tel Aviv where she worked as a professional actress and singer. To develop her acting Sasha came to the United States. For the past two years she has lived in New York, again pursuing a career in singing. Her debut E.P. “Compass” was released in June 2015.
Japanese Soprano Mizuho Takeshita is one of the most exciting young opera singers today. With extensive experience in classical music, she made a sensational pop debut in concert with Gòn at Joe’s Pub. Her angelic voice and profoundly moving interpretations of songs captivates audiences and touches their souls.
“I was and still feel really astounded by this brilliant young artist who conducted, arranged, composed and performed an UNFORGETTABLE night of the Israeli & American song book.” – Cantor Udi Spielman, B’nai Torah, Boca Raton
“Gon’s voice recalls Thom Yorke’s and Rufus Wainwright’s at their finest, he’s a sensitive performer in tune with his own self and
with how to please his audience” - Jose Solis
“I only have praise for Gòn’s performance. It was flawless, professional and showed great command of the music he interprets. Gòn gives so much of himself on stage! Every guest was mesmerized listening to him. Our Prime Minister congratulated him and he received much applause.” – Honorary Consul of Israel Martha Lichtenstein, Aruba
“Gon has an interesting and captivating voice, virtuoso in its range of expression and color palette… In his singing, his voice ranges from the low pleasant singing of Arik Einstein to the high, challenging singing of David D’Or and even beyond that. Halevi is a surprisingly mature vocalist, despite his young age and boyish looks… It seems that he enjoys this discrepancy, using it to impress the audience again and again. He is a huge star who, with his vocal abilities, might be the second Andrea Bocelli, or Gon Halevi the first.” Amos Oren – “HaBama”