Belton, Texas – This Friday, March 1, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will host Israeli-born American musician Ifar “Eef” Barzelay at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes Recital Hall of Presser Hall on the UMHB campus. The evening will begin with a question and answer session with the artist followed by a concert. This event is part of both the university’s Highways & Byways series and is also its C3: Conversations About Christianity + Culture program. The event is free to UMHB students, but anyone else can attend for just $10.
Barzelaywas born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is mostly known as the principal songwriter and singer of alt-country band Clem Snide, but he has performed in a number of Boston-based bands. He has also toured as a solo act, both as headliner and as international support for artists such as Ben Folds. His songs have been featured in numerous films and television shows, like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ed, and Californication.
Barzelay, whose grandparents are Holocaust survivors, grew up in New Jersey and describes his parents’ religious views as ardently atheist. While he finds himself somewhere between the atheism of his parents and religious faith, Christian characters play a prominent role in his prolific body of work. From two suicidal youth group members in “True Freedom,” to a follower whose faith brings little more than guilt in “Jews for Jesus Blues,” to a reminder that the emptiness we feel inside is where God’s love hides in “The Ballad of God’s Love,” Barzelay navigates freely between pointing a knowing finger and offering tender reassurance.
This concert will qualify as a FAE credit for UMHB students.