Yehuda Julio Glantz (born on March 19, 1958 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a musician composer, singer, songwriter and producer living in Jerusalem Israel. Glantz is a multi-instrumentalist playing on the Charango, piano, accordion, siku, pinkillu, guitar, flute, cuatro and is also a percussionist. Yehuda has twice received the first place award in the klezmer Safed festival for his performance and compositions. In 2008, Yehuda founded the Regalim Festival in the City Center of Jerusalem. The festival takes place during both Sukkoth and Passover holidays and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.
Yehuda Julio Glantz was born and raised in Argentina to secular family. When he was five years old he began studying accordion, and Glantz 's father enrolled him in a music school. At the age of six, Glantz began to sing in the choir of the Max Nordau Synagogue located in Buenos Aires. He began to study violin in the Manuel De Falla Conservatory, simultaneously studying both piano and guitar. At the age of sixteen he started performing with the young band "El Canto de Todos" '(el canto de todos). At the age of seventeen he went to Brazil where he studied harmony and composition on the style of Bossa nova and Samba while mastering both guitar and percussion. At the age of twenty-one Glantz visited Israel for the first time and decided to stay. Shortly after he was granted a Stipend from the Rubin Academy of Music of Jerusalem where he studied piano and composition with Professor Nachum Perperkovich. At the age of twenty-two Glantz adapted various flutes and other Bamboo instruments into his music. He began producing, arranging and composing music in International Latin American Jewish Fusion.
His stay in Israel presented him with many questions about Judaism. Yehuda Julio then began the path of return, thus combining composition with rhythm and instruments from South - America, along with words from the scriptures. He subsequently performed in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Europe, South America and Israel.
He released an album entitled Golden Organ 1 and 2 in 1985 and Golden Tunes in 1986. In the same year he also released a humor satire album entitled Kasach in honor of the Jewish holiday purim . In 1992 Glantz released the album Pionero, a Spanish album debuting the song Adon Olam. In 1994 the song Na'ale off the album was released and hit number 1 on the Top 10 song lists of many Israeli radio stations, the album sold thousands. It was then that Glantz began to be published in Diaspora communities worldwide. In 1996 after witnessing the explosion of a suicide bomber near his home at the Machane Yehuda market place of Jerusalem, Glantz released an album entitled Rak Litzok El Hashem -" Just shout to the Lord.
From 1992 to 2007, Glantz appeared each year at the Chabad Telethon in Hollywood. As a result he met Jerry Weintraub, whose credits include producing the 2001 blockbuster hit remake of Ocean's Eleven. Glantz then appeared in season 2 Episode 7 of the TV series Friends, where he appeared as the "Rabbi playing the electric guitar".
In 2002, Glantz released "Gotta Dance- Muchrachim lircod", a personal album about love, children, and joy. The albums lyrics are based on the Torah teachings and statements of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
In 2005, the first Cellist from the Israel Symphony Orchestra Doron Toister, who knew Glantz, decided to arrange one of Yehuda Glantz's compositions for the Israel Symphony Orchestra. Glantz then produced a performance entitled "Nomade". This performance integrated classical orchestration along with South American instrumentation. A total of 83 musicians performed on stage including a symphony and rhythm section. Glantz alongside Toister worked for 18-month producing the project and in April 2006, premiered with the Israel Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center of Rishon Lezion.
In 2008 Yehuda Julio Glantz founded the "Festival Regalim" in Jerusalem's City Center. The festival provides a platform for young artists from the neighborhood and internationally consisting of musicians, painters, street performers, actors, authors, and others, who present their creative abilities.
Yehuda released last September the first single "Birkat HaBayit" from the new album. On Chanukah in December 2011 Yehuda release his new album "Chai Vekayam". The album was released first in the digital download edition. In February came the album CD edition.
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