It’s a Show!
It’s an eye-opening thrill you won’t believe until you see it for yourself and an uplifting moment you’ll never forget.
– Entertainment News & Views
Photo: CIti FInancial meeting at Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, FL
Crowd pleasing “art rock” performances
– USA Today
Entertainment comes in many forms, including singing, dancing, acting in theatre or in film, or playing a musical instrument. Certainly the term extends to comedy acts, acrobatics, and a broad spectrum of other types of performances as well.
Yet there seems to be no definition to describe an accurate characterization of the performance of Michael Israel.
The first indication that Michael is up to something totally fresh and different is the immediate relationship he has with his audience.
Attention to the stage is not commanded or coerced as much as it is enticed.
It may be sheer curiosity that initially captures the audience as Michael’s energy is instantly felt through the arena. Clad completely in black and painting on a canvas, the tone is set for what will prove to be an explosion of color and incredible imagery.
Michael’s dedication to the study of martial arts and a rigorous training schedule are immediately put into play. His lithe, pliant body lunges forth as he brandishes any number of paintbrushes, stroking, slinging or hurling vibrant colors of paint in time with the music.
The audience is captivated by the spectacular visual display unfolding in front of them. Simultaneously they are swept into the performance itself, caught in the frenzy of nearly magical movement, music, and emotion materializing with each rhythmic stroke.
For many, the frenetic fluidity of Michael’s may feel like it is almost a private performance. So strong is the connection between artist and spectator, it can seem like a particular image is being created specifically for a single member of the crowd. The increasing flow of energy passed between Michael and his audience is an integral part of his performance, drawing the audience in as a participant rather than as a mere bystander.
Michael’s subjects cover a vast array of topics; from popular cultural icons such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana to patriotic scenes and landmarks to his heart warming original compositions. While his work gives a nod to Norman Rockwell, or early Peter Max, Israel’s style is uniquely his own. Each piece appears to be created specifically to touch his audience and their delighted reaction is proof of his success.
Noticeably absent is the idle murmur of conversation in the room. It is replaced with a virtually audible anticipation, then intermittent gasps as Michael spins canvas to and fro, carving shapes and colors about with what appears to be gravity-defying grace and agility. ‘Ooohhhs’ and ‘ahhhhhhs’ of surprise and recognition are heard as the music builds to a crescendo and Michael’s composition takes shape. By the time a piece is completed, the crowd is on their feet, cheering, applauding, and at times, giving in to the flow of emotional tears.
“I’d like to thank Michael Israel for providing entertainment here tonight.”
“I think this painting should cost a lot more!”
(Berkshire Hathaway Meeting)
Unlike other performances, Michael Israel’s is without gimmick or guile. It is artistic entertainment in the truest form. One cannot help but realize that what they have experienced is the pure exhilaration of the artistic process, fortified by the audience’s powerful energy connecting to Israel as he creates. One is not so much an observer or a witness, but an active, cogent participant in the spell-binding, breath-taking production, and it is a fabulous event.
“Paint flies and the good times roll. Kung-fling! Part-Jackie Chan, part-Jackson Pollock, 100 percent rock god – Charismatic performance artist and martial arts master Michael Israel inspires the sort of fan worship that has audience members rushing to the stage to retrieve his dripping, discarded paintbrushes as souvenirs.”
– Doug Mason, News Sentinel Knoxville