Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

MESSAGE of Peace ; Iconic Israeli Folk Singer, Activist David Broza Coming to Town

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

MESSAGE of Peace ; Iconic Israeli Folk Singer, Activist David Broza Coming to Town

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There is a story about David Broza, iconic Israeli folk singer and international peace activist, dating to a performance in Lebanon in the mid-1980s. "He was there as a USO-type performer when the stage he was performing on was shelled," said Matthew Graham, professor of English and director of Creative Writing at University of Southern Indiana, who has known and collaborated with Broza for more than 20 years.

"When he tells that story, he always ends it with 'That's the worst review I've ever gotten,'" Graham said.

Broza will be on the USI campus Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. concert in Carter Hall.

The concert is being offered free to the public through a collaboration with USI's Office of the Provost, Temple Adath B'nai Israel, The Bronstein Trust, The Evansville Courier & Press and Casino Aztar, said Wendy Bredhold, media relations specialist for USI.

Despite the shelling in Lebanon, bad reviews are not a part of Broza's history.

Greg Quilt, writing for Toronto, Canada's online news source TheStar.com in 2007, said, "the Tel-Aviv-based guitarist, songwriter and singer has been variously described as 'Israel's Bruce Springsteen... Bob Dylan... Paul Simon... Pete Seeger..."

Following a 2002 appearance at Yale University, the Yale Daily News dubbed him "The U2 of Israel."

New York Times writer, Stephen Holden has said, "Vocally, his impassioned folk-pop style bears resemblance to Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Hill, among others."

Three years after meeting and sharing a stage with Townes Van Zandt in 1994, Broza inherited a dozen of the late singer- songwriter's unpublished poems that, in 2010, became a Grammy Awardwinning CD entitled, "Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt," wrote John Jurgensen in The Wall Street Journal.

Broza is no stranger to the Tri-State. His collaboration - and friendship - with Graham dates back to 1985. And therein lies a tale.

"I was in my office at USI when the phone rang," Graham recalls. …

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