Monday, August 19, 2013

Matt Schofield Trio Won't Play Apartheid Israel

Matt Schofield and his band, The Matt Schofield Trio, have chosen to cancel their planned gig at the Red Sea Jazz festival, Eilat, Israel.  


Israeli press Ynet confirms that he cancelled also due to pressure from his own band mates: "ומלחצים שהופעלו מצד נגני ההרכב עמו הוא מופיע".


The Ynet article also refers to the other cancellation by Chris "Daddy" Dave [together with the Drumhedz], though it claims it was due to personal reasons: "ביטול המופע של סקופילד מצטרף לביטול המופע של המתופף האמריקני, כריס דייב, עליו הכריזו בפסטיבל לפני ימים ספורים. עם זאת, מדגישים בפסטיבל, ביטולו של דייב נובע מסיבות אישיות שאינן פוליטיות או ביטחוניות".


As was previously reported, Chris Dave confirmed his cancellation in response to BDS tweets. See http://refrainplayingisrael.blogspot.com/2013/08/chris-daddy-dave-tweets-on-israel.html


Schofield is from Manchester, England and is known for his fluid melodic style and jazzy lines.  His band, The Matt Schofield Trio, play their own material, which is a blend of blues, funk, and jazz.  His cancellation comes at the same time as Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters writes in a letter:


I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel, to shed light on these problems and also to support all our brothers and sisters in Palestine and Israel who are struggling to end all forms of Israeli oppression and who wish to live in peace, justice, equality and freedom.