Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society.
The project centers around mass singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to form a single collaborative musical creation. Koolulam brings together people from all walks of life to do one thing: stop everything for a few hours and just sing – together.
At Koolulam, the audience is the artist!
Every participant enters as a unique individual and comes out, while still unique, as a part of a larger whole. After all, we are all one big human ensemble.
For every Koolulam event, we choose a different well-known song to be performed. Our team of musicians works hard toward each event, putting together a fresh and innovative arrangement of the chosen song. We write new instrumental arrangements as well as an original three-part vocal arrangement.
Every Koolulam event is unique in its chosen song, message, style, venue, number of participants, and, of course, the participants themselves – you!
So when are YOU coming to your first Koolulam?
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33, Co-founder, artistic and creative director of Koolulam. Or is the originator and author of the idea for Koolulam, an artist, social entrepreneur and screenwriter, a film and stage director and a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School. In 2002, aged 17, Or led the struggle of the disabled community in Israel. In 2003, he was named “Volunteer of the Year” by B’nai B’rith International. Later, he took pivotal roles in social projects such as “Zikaron Basalon” (Memory in the Living Room) and “Krembo Wings”. Or has directed shows, several short films as well as advertisements for leading television campaigns. In 2018, his comedic network series “Not Everything is Pink” gained national success.
28, Co-founder, principal conductor, musical director and content creator of Koolulam. Ben is a native of “HaTikva” (the Hope) neighborhood in Tel-Aviv who grew up in a world of music, playing the piano from an early age. At the age of 19, he received a full scholarship to The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. At 20, he founded “VocaTikva” – a social a capella group.
34, Co-founder and CEO of Koolulam, married and a mother of one. Michal is in charge of the project’s overall activity including strategy, PR, media, community management, and communications. Michal is a digital expert and entrepreneur. In 2012, she founded her own digital agency, on-it. Later, she established various online advertising and crowdfunding projects overseas. Michal has given hundreds of lectures in media colleges throughout Israel. At the close of 2016, Michal joined Or Taicher to provide her digital and entrepreneurial expertise in constructing a social-musical project she later named ‘Koolulam’.
The people behind Koolulam are undoubtedly one of the main reasons for its success. The Koolulam crew is comprised of an elite team of professionals, with a giant heart and a passion for making every event the most joyous and overall the best possible experience for each and every participant. Some of them have been with Koolulam from the very beginning and some have joined along the way, each with their own story of how they fell into the Koolulam net. We are privileged to be working alongside each other - a team that never compromise the quality of their work nor their humanness.
Producer. Yael has over 20 years of experience managing artists and producing all stage arts in Israel and abroad.
Chief Music Producer, arranger, composer, and founding team member of Koolulam. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Yaron has collaborated as an arranger, orchestrator and pianist with some of Israel’s finest orchestras, choirs and popular artists. In 2015, he orchestrated the award winning musical Goldy’s Bra, a project which also ,asked his first collaboration with conductor and later Co-Founder of Koolulam, Ben Yaffet.
Yaron sees himself as a musical storyteller, and deeply believes in music’s ability to move and inspire. In his free time, he likes to sit on his balcony and play traditional Irish music on his accordion. Nobody knows why (not even him).
Conductor and Vocal Arranger in Koolulam. Lilach has been a part of the project as conductor since day one. Choir director of two Jerusalem-based choirs. Lilach is a graduate of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
A Lawyer and a Social Worker with a passion for conflict resolution. Joined Koolulam after witnessing how music can break down social barriers.
After years in the field of event production, Lee joined Koolulam to contribute her talent and industriousness. Lee is so fundamental in the Koolulam family, that many at Koolulam turn to her to get instructions as to when to breathe.
Noa is a director, photograher, screenwriter and a graduate of the Jerusalem Film School. Having joined Koolulam early in 2018, today Noa produces the cinema department at Koolulam as well as acts as camera director at Koolulam events. At Koolulam she is able to touch on every aspect of film production and challenges herself every time anew, with every new Koolulam event, to come up with new ways to touch the hearts of Koolulam’s participants and viewers.Her dream is to produce a Koolulam event with Beyonce.
A content writer with an avid passion for singing in harmony. Yahav earned her B.A. in Media Communication from Sapir Academic College and is currently a Masters student in the Science, Technology and Society program at Bar Ilan University. Loves the winter, the summer, the spring, the fall, and especially whatever’s now.
Head of Sound Department and Front of House. In charge of making sure Koolulamers everywhere sound amazing – at every event, in every venue and at any weather.
In charge of recording you, Koolulamers. With over 20 years of experience in the field of sound in studios and in live performances, Barak is regarded as one of the top sound recording engineers in Israel (you may have noticed – he does his job very well). In his free time, he is a sound technician in studios and shows as well as a siund mastering technician. A teacher of sound, Barak was among the founders of “Pluto” studio sound school. Has worked with many artists along the years, among them Steven Wilson, Alan Parsons, The Groovatron, Asaf Amdursky, Dudu Tasa, Avishai Cohen, Rami Fortis, Rami Kleistein, The Dorbanim, Guy and Yahel, Marina Maximilian and other. And yes – that is his real hair.
Koolulam and Eshkol Regional Council invited 3,500 people to sing together, in three-part vocal harmony, and play the tune of love in the Gaza Envelope and the south of Israel.
Together, from all across the country, we lit the night with song, solidarity, and hope for a better future for us all.
Originally performed by Shai Tsabari
Music: Ahuva Ozeri
Lyrics: Hani Arbel
Koolulam partnered with King David Schools, Johannesburg, South Africa, and gathered 3,500 South Africans to celebrate the 70th anniversary of King David Schools and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Guest artist: Granville Michaels.
Originally performed by OneRepublic
In honor of the historic visit to Israel by Indonesia’s religious leader Sheikh Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, Koolulam invited 1,000 people who had never met before to a special event at the Tower of David in Jerusalem. Participants – Christian, Muslims and Jews – sang one song in three languages and in three-part vocal harmony. The event was produced in collaboration with the Tower of David Museum and Jerusalem.Com.
Originally performed by Bob Marley and the Wailors
Music: Bob Marley
Lyrics: Bob Marley
2,000 people met in the Jezreel Valley for a post-independence celebration
It was one big revolution of joy!…
In collaboration with the Jezreel Valley Municipality.
Originally performed by Lior Narkis and Omer Adam
Music: Doron Madalie and Yinon Yahel
Lyrics: Doron Madalie
Koolulam commemorates the Holocaust.
600 Holocaust survivors and their families gathered at Beit Avi-Chai in Jerusalem, to celebrate life.
In collaboration with “Zikaron Basalon”. This is one of Koolulam’s most moving events.
Originally performed by Ofra Haza
Music: Avi Toledano and Uri Kariv
Lyrics: Ehud Manor
!Koolulam participated in Good Deeds Day, and held 5 events simultaneously, with 7,500 people, all across Israel:
Events were held in Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Dimona, Rishon LeZion, and Kiryat Motzkin, and all sang together!
Originally performed by Shalom Hanoch
Music: Shalom Hanoch
Lyrics: Shalom Hanoch
In honor of International Women’s Day, Koolulam invited 2,000 women who have never met before, to sing in a unique and empowering event, in collaboration with Na’amat.
Originally performed by Sia
Music: Sia Furler, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Nick Van De Wall
3000 people, three languages and one Haifa – all singing Koolulam.
We all hope, that our ‘One Day’ is near. Together, we are bringing it closer and closer.
Originally performed by Matisyahu
Music: Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Matthew Miller
Lyrics: Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Matthew Miller
As part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Social Involvement Week, Koolulam invited 2,000 people from all across the country to sing together “Mehuzakim La’Olam” (“Empowered to the world”). We definitely felt empowered as we came out of the hall that evening. Crank it up, it was one hell of a party.
Originally performed by Avraham Tal
Music: Avraham Tal
Lyrics: Avraham Tal
600 people who had never met before came together to record a song for the annual Galgalatz radio station international song for 2017, in collaboration with Shekel foundation.
The result was powerful.
Originally performed by Imagine Dragons
Music: Imagine Dragons
Lyrics: Imagine Dragons
This song was performed and recorded at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem.
Originally performed by Boaz Sharabi
Music: Boaz Sharabi
Lyrics: Ehud Manor
This song was performed and recorded in Tel Aviv and was Koolulam’s first ever public event.
Originally performed by Amir Dadon
Music: Amir Dadon
Lyrics: Amir Dadon
Koolulam is first and foremost a social initiative – meant to make the world a little bit better. For this reason, we find it only natural to bring Koolulam to the heart of the next generation – our children.
Koolulam is in the process if developing a unique and rich educational program – to be implemented in schools.
In 2018 alone, Koolulam has been approached by more than 500 different educational institutions, all requesting to hold Koolulam events. It is evidently clear to educators, as well as to us, that Koolulam events hold tremendous educational value.
For this reason, we have set in motion the establishment of a new and central project in Koolulam – KoolSchool. KoolSchool will allow children and teens to experience the empowering process of a Koolulam event – not only in participation but also in production.
Koolulam will arrive at schools to take students through an immersive process – teaching them how to produce their very own Koolulam event from A to Z. We are HIGHLY excited about this.
Want to have KoolSchool at your own school?! Get in touch!