with special guests:
Anat Cohen, clarinet (playing with both groups)
Gili Sharett, bassoon
Itamar Borochov, trumpet
For over 74 years, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation has been cultivating Israel's artistic leaders, identifying and nurturing Israel's top young performing and visual artists and furthering their education and careers. Having awarded over 16,000 scholarships to outstanding talents and world renowned artists such as Anat Cohen, Alon Yavnai and Avishai Cohen, AICF has become synonymous with culture and excellence in Israel.
Rafi Malkiel Quintet
Composer, trombonist and euphonium player Rafi Malkiel, from Israel, has delighted audiences around the world, performing with artists such as Willie Colon, Arturo O’Farrill, Ray Anderson, and with Grammy-nominated Colombian singer Toto La Momposina, and he participated in Reggie Workman’s John Coltrane Africa Brass Live project and Jason Lindner’s Big Band.
Rafi was cited in the Recommended Jazz Trombonists list in PBS’ website Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, as well as in The Young Guns of Jazz, trumpeting the best of a new generation, by Chip Deffaa in the New York Post, July 2001.
Hadar Noiberg Trio
Since arriving in NYC at age 21, flutist, composer and arranger Hadar Noiberg has established herself as a major force in the Cuban, Jazz and World music scenes. With a language that transcends her Middle Eastern roots, she fuses styles seamlessly, distinguishing her as both innovative and highly skilled. Hadar started her career from her young age as a Classical musician, playing and touring with the Young Philharmonic Orchestra and studying at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. Later she transferred to the City College of New York where she completed her Bachelors degree majoring in flute and composition, studying with the acclaimed composer David Del Tredici. In 2007 Hadar received an outstanding award from the ASCAP foundation for her composition skills.
Hadar's sophomore CD with her trio, Journey Back Home, is a journey of the flute as a lead instrument. She explains: “The flute in Western improvised music has always been an instrument that was either used by doublers or was not considered a serious main instrument. In the Eastern and Middle Eastern musical traditions the flute, the Middle Eastern ney or the Indian bansuri are primal and influential instruments that hold the deep soul of the music. I want to bring that depth and richness into my music, which is influenced by both West and East, and feature the flute as a strong leading instrument.”
Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.”
Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running.
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