Rubi Ate the Fig is a multicultural collaborative indie project that debuted in 2018 with the EP Caress the Moon. That record introduced an international group of master musicians that blends elements of Western pop music with the traditional sounds of the Middle East. The band is the brainchild of American singer-songwriter Sharon Eliashar, born in Jerusalem and raised in the Southern California desert of Palm Springs.
Since their debut, Rubi Ate the Fig has released a handful of singles and their full-length 2022 album Desert Electric. Eliashar works with a diverse and eclectic crew from across the world. With no intended political stance, by the simple virtue of existing they make a bold statement of hope.
“In the Garden” is the latest single from Rubi At the Fig, available worldwide via all major streaming services. The song opens on an organic acoustic bass and drum groove, as a percussive ensemble of traditional Middle Eastern instruments and classical Arabian strings gradually slides into the mix. On the mic, Sharon offers an epic love poem told in mystical imagery across cinematic desert scenes.
Check out “In the Garden” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Dive : Pop & Rock playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with Rubi Ate the Fig.
Sharon Eliashar: Composer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Ali Paris, Palestine – Qanun (plucked Zither)
Danny Montgomery, Spain – Drums
Polly Tapia Ferber, New Mexico, US – Middle-Eastern Percussion
Marc Mann, USA – Guitar, Vocal and Orchestral Arrangements (George Harrison, ELO, Oingo Boingo)
Kenny Blye, USA – Bass
Hasan Minawi, Jordan – Ney (flute)
Emad Roshdy Ibrahim, Egypt – Arabic Strings
Raed Oiweina, Palestine. Middle Eastern Percussion