November 15, 2021

The personal art and music of Roee Lavan come to Hutzot Hayotzer

 Rude people sometimes approach blues musician and painter Roee Lavan and ask about the bandages wrapped around his head. “Sometimes they omit even introducing themselves and just pounce with the question,” he shrugs. “What am I going to tell this stranger? That I have Glioblastoma (GBM) [an aggressive form of brain cancer]? “That would probably ruin his whole day,” he laughs, “so I just say that whatever I have, it really is none of their business.”

While fully appreciative of how his personal struggle with cancer is inspiring to many, Lavan points to how he was engaged with both the blues and art well before he was diagnosed with GBM two years ago.

“I first learned about the blues at age 15 when I listened to Eric Clapton’s 1992 Unplugged album,” he told The Jerusalem Post. He is deeply passionate about the blues, having done a cover version to…

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