“I’ve chosen to present on this album two titles that reflect the music I’ve been creating over the last few years. Recorded with bass player, Gilad Abro, and drummer, Noam David, both tracks are arrangements of Moroccan music. We have treated them as though they were ‘Jazz Standards’, improvising, whilst keeping in mind the traditional sound, and trying to do them justice. This is a preview of the style of music I recently recorded with a larger ensemble on my debut CD, soon to be released!”
Ofri Nehemya Quartet
Drummer, Ofri Nehemya, has been playing the drums since he was very young. During high school (Thelma Yellin High School for Arts) he performed with many of the leading Israeli jazz musicians.
Ofri started to write original material whilst studying at high school, and just recently, these compositions became a full repertoire for a quartet. Ofri’s quartet started its journey more than a year ago, performing his original music and own distinctive sound.
“Jupiter” is a group of young talents, all studying at this time in different colleges throughout Israel. They have chosen to unite and form a band to play and create music together. It’s a new project that gained its colour and shape throughout the year, and its main goal is to achieve a special and united musical quality that is only possible because of the connection between these musicians as friends. Each member of the band have brought their own personality and musical background to create one breathing collective, also known as “Jupiter”.
Shachar Elnatan Quartet
Shachar Elnatan is a young guitarist and composer currently leading this featured quartet. Shachar was born in Jerusalem in 1993 and began playing the guitar at the age of six, taught by his father. Since those early days he has been working and performing with many important artists from Israel and the international scene whilst establishing his own original and unique voice. The quartet brings together these extraordinary musicians; Gadi Lehavi on piano, Avri Borochov on bass, Itai Morchi on drums.
“Writing music is an endless adventure taking place on the border between our mind and soul. This is what I felt whilst composing over the past year, as my sound keeps developing and evolving on stage.
‘Oltremare’ (the dark shade of blue the sea acquires once the land can no longer be seen) is one little excerpt of this private journey through classical and jazz traditions. It is an honest attempt to portray a multi-faceted emotion without, I hope, losing the elegance of simplicity.
Heartfelt thanks to Avishai, who makes so many things possible and from whom I never stop learning.”