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Jewish-jazz fusion hits Jozi

BRAAMFONTEIN - Jazz fans are in for a treat as renowned Israeli saxophonist Daniel Zamir is en route to South Africa with three other impressive musicians.

The Daniel Zamir Quartet – which includes Zamir, Omri Mor on piano, Gilad Abro on contrabass, and Amir Bresler on drums – will perform at the spectacular, newly refurbished Great Hall at the University of the Witwatersrand on 28 August.

“Lovers of jazz and Jewish music are going to be thrilled by the quartet.”

Zamir is one of the most influential musicians in Israel. He is a virtuoso sax player and composer of what could be defined as ‘Jewish jazz’, fusing together elements of Jewish sounds and high quality jazz, together with ethnic and world music elements.

“We are thrilled to finally have the Daniel Zamir Quartet coming to South Africa,” said professor Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, one of South Africa’s foremost composers and composition professor within the Music Department at Wits School of the Arts. “He is such a fantastic musician and is hugely popular, not only in Israel but across the jazz world.”

The audience can expect the unexpected – a unique concert that combines jazz and new age Jewish music, with a touch of the experimental and the Klezmer music genre.

“Lovers of jazz and Jewish music are going to be thrilled by the quartet. They are a relatively young group, and bring to the art of jazz a completely different dimension with their ability to experiment and fuse different genres,” said Zaidel-Rudolph.

Accompanying Zamir is a musician with South African roots, Gilad Abro, who was born in Cape Town and moved to Israel in 1991. Today, he is a household name in Israel, where he works alongside jazz greats, and has made a name for himself as a virtuoso bass player.

Daniel Zamir
Daniel Zamir

On the drums is Bresler who had established himself as one of the most sought-after Israeli drummers, performing in Israel and abroad at prominent local and world stage jazz festivals.

Pianist, Mor, born in 1983 and raised in Jerusalem, was soon attracted to various styles of music.

Renowned jazz virtuosos Carlo Mombelli, Jonathan Crossley and Justin Badenhorst, will open the concert with a brand of jazz that can only be described as visionary. Mombelli is known for breaking every rule, encompassing the strange, and drawing on the very heart of our society to create soulful and technically superb music.

Details: www.strictlytickets.com or www.webtickets.co.za

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