January 6, 1976 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Genres||Folk, blues, rock, pop, dance, lo-Fi|
|Labels||Songbird, Hi Fidelity|
Allan Moon (Hebrew: אָלֵן מוּן) (born January 6, 1976) is a Canadian / Israeli artist, poet, singer-songwriter and producer. Moon was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in the Upper West Side of New York City. In 1992, Moon emigrated to Tel Aviv, Israel. He currently lives in the north Galilee region of Israel.
Moon's first music release was a 5 song demo EP in 2006 which included Song of the Wind and a hidden tracked acoustic cover version to Billy Joel's Uptown Girl. The demo paved the way to his first full length album Song of the Wind.
Song of the Wind, was released in 2008 and saw Moon's songwriting as a direct progression from his poetry coupled with country life. The album was characterized by acoustic guitars and Moon's soft, almost breaking voice, reminiscent of Neil Young. The album received favorable reviews, the magazine Americana UK compared his writing to that of Nick Drake and John Martyn.
"...Very straight ahead, personal, even disturbing at times. I liked "Song of the Wind" a lot. It's such a sad song, delivered so delicately. The images of loss are really poetic, and each one tells a complete story in two lines. Very strong stuff ..." - David Kahne – Producer
Later in 2008, Moon was called upon to produce Yuval Banai's 4th solo album Me'ever Le'Harim (Beyond the Mountains). Banai is lead singer of Israel's premier rock band Mashina, a multi-platinum selling act who's been active since the early 1980s. In Me'ever Le'Harim, Moon took Banai in a new musical direction, towards folk and Americana, lap-steel guitars and stripped down productions.
In 2009, Moon released two singles in very different musical genres. The first single, Do Your Dance, was an electro-folk track with explicit lyrics. The track was released under his pseudonym CANPO. Later in 2009, he released The Art of Rolling, produced by Tamir Muskat and Adam Scheflan, it was a gentle pop song with a Beck'ish musical landscape.
Children of the Call, Moon's second studio album was released in 2014. The album features a roster of Israel's top indie musicians, including: Geva Alon, Uzi Ramirez, Ophir "Kutiman" Kutiel, Uri Brauner Kinrot, Eyal Talmudi, Adam Scheflan and Karolina. Musically, the album was varied in genres: Folk, Rhythm and Blues, Funk and Psychedelic.
Upon arriving in Tel Aviv, Moon broke into the English language poetry scene, participating in underground readings and performances reminiscent of the Beat Generation poets. His poetic style was raw and druggy, with sexual innuendos, often compared to William S. Burroughs.
"...Moon's poems are authentic photographs of written experience as a kind of sustained ecstatic fictional, (auto)biographical experience. Moon sort of milks an orgasm in his best poems, and leaves the technique floundering for a philosophy. His work contains none of the moral/linguistic imperatives of Bernstein, nor the violent ejaculations of Burroughs, and in its own right becomes a poem distinctly his own." - by Elazar from a preface to ARC 15 - Journal of the Israel Association of Writers in English'
In 1997, Moon published his first book of titled Word Felon, a collection of poems from 1992–1996 which he had been performing with. The poetic style of Felon, was language deconstruction, broken rhymes and freestyles, inspired by his growing up in the rap culture of 1980s New York City. Most of the poems' dealt with a dark portrayal of underground big city culture, drugs, sex and personal alienation, through the eyes of a lost boy. After Word Felon, Moon focused on mixed-media art experiments; combining art, photography, graphic design and poetry. These works would finally see light in 2002 under the project title: Phoetry, Moon's coining for Photo & Poetry.
Phoetry was published as a book which coincided with an art exhibition of the same name. The book contained poems and their visual interpretations, in the form of photographs, graphic designs and sketches. The exhibition ran in two galleries in Tel Aviv from 2002 through 2003, and it featured "blow-ups" of the visuals in the book. Phoetry found Moon more mature and reconciled, the poems were colored with love, relationship and a newfound affection of nature.
Moon's poems and translations have been featured in several publications around the world.
- http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7699607 David Kahne on Allan Moon
- http://www.americana-uk.com/auk/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=3837 Americana UK - The Virtues of Simplicity (July 01, 2008 by Kai Roberts)
- http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3529563,00.html Ynet Album Review (Hebrew)
- http://www.qube.co.il/ency_band.asp?e=6534&cat=29 Qube.co.il / Alternative Israeli Music Encyclopedia (Hebrew)
- http://sites.google.com/site/theiawesite/publications/arc/previous-arcs-1/arc-16-extracts ARC / IAWE