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From despair to joy – The Australian Jewish News

“From digging deep into my own personal experience, composing songs with many different artists, I’ve learnt that the past is never just the past. The fragments we hold on to shape us but can also distort. Our memories paralyse us in one moment, yet set us free the next.”

These are the words of Ilan Kidron, and it’s these ideals that shape New Day Tomorrow – the first piece of music he has released as Ilan Kidron.

Describing himself as an open book who is not afraid to be honest with his audience, Kidron describes New Day Tomorrow as a musical response to memory and its tangled complexities. “The song attempts to understand the past, bringing hope and new light into a broken heart,” he explained.

So why, after all this time, is Kidron releasing music under his own name? Well, he said the timing just seems right. “After writing and performing in bands and for other artists with billions of streams it feels like the right time to release under my own name,” he told The AJN.

“Honestly, and I feel ridiculous saying this, I always thought that Ilan was a really strange and complicated name for people to grasp. I even had a crooner’s stage name at one point: Tommy Flynn! I’ve never been in any way embarrassed about my Judaism but you have to admit it is just about the most un-Jewish name imaginable!”

While Kidron says the single, and his upcoming album Chaos and the Nightingale, is a personal journey, he believes it is one that everyone can share.

“Despite all the horrors the world has unleashed, I see incredible efforts of humanity rising to the challenge and doing loads of good. Life teeters from despair and grief, to joy and hope,” he said. “Musically, I hope people enjoy it. Offsetting the clustered harmonies at the beginning of the song, if you listen carefully, the end of the song features a vocal solo with some chazzanut influences that echoes the deep tradition and heritage I feel running through me.”

Chaos and the Nightingale will be released later this year. Kidron credits Israeli/Australian producer Dan Nave for helping to translate his vision.

“He brought love, patience and an understanding to the concept which is an ode and expression to Samantha Rebillet, my wife, who left this world nearly five years ago,” Kidron said. “The world has been sad, strange but very beautiful for me. And wonderful things are on the horizon.”

New Day Tomorrow is out now.

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