Belton: UMHB Hosts Clem Snide Singer Ifar “Eef” Barzelay

BELTON (February 26, 2013)-- Israeli-born musician Ifar “Eef” Barzelay, who’s best known as the singer for the Alt band Clem Snide, appears Friday at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as part of the school’s Highways & Byways series and its Conversations About Christianity + Culture program.

The event at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Hughes Recital Hall of Presser Hall is free to students, but tickets for the public are $10.

Barzelay, who was born in Tel Aviv, has performed in a number of Boston-based bands, toured as a solo act, both as headliner and as international support for artists such as Ben Folds, and his songs have been featured in numerous films and television shows including “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ed”, and “Californication.”

He’s the grandson of Holocaust survivors and the son of parents whose religious views he describes 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,” the university said.

“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,” UMHB said.

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