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Israeli Jazz Festival to Debut in Chicago
The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest is presenting the first Israeli Jazz Festival in Chicago. The five-day event will run from Sunday, May 19 through Thursday, May 23 at different venues throughout Chicago.
The full schedule for the Festival is as follows:
Rafi Malkiel Quintet (May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln). Tickets are free. Call
(773) 728-6000; http://www.rafimalkiel.com/live/. Composer and trombonist Rafi Malkiel, originally from Israel, is an active musician in both the Jazz and Latin scenes in New York City. Leading his quintet, Rafi plays original compositions, as well as unique arrangements fusing Jazz and Latin-American standards with Afro-Caribbean rhythms.
Amir Gwirtzman (May 19 at 8 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse). Tickets are $10. Call (773) 381-4551 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Amir Gwirtzman, world-renowned Israeli multi-culti jazz artist, plays more than 20 different woodwinds, reeds, horns, pipes, flutes and percussion instruments as a one-man band called Inhale-Exhale. Gwirtzman infuses Inhale-Exhale with a combination of R&B, jazz and rhythms of Cuban jazz, along with Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Jewish Klezmer, Armenian, Irish Celtic and Native American influences. (http://amirgwirtzman.com/).
Gilad Hekselman Trio (May 20 at 9:00 p.m.; three sets until 1 a.m. and CD release party at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway). Tickets are $10 at door. Call (773) 878-5552 or go to email@example.com. Born in Israel in 1983, Gilad Hekselman has been earning a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in New York. He has played the Blue Note, The Jazz Gallery, Smalls, 55 Bar, Dizzy’s Club, Minton’s Playhouse, and toured in Switzerland, Japan, Scotland, Canada, Norway, Hungary, and Israel. He has also played in world famous Jazz festivals such as Montreux JF, Duke Ellington JF, San Francisco JF and Tel Aviv JF. (http://www.giladhekselman.com/).
Gilad Hekselman (May 21 at 7 p.m. at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3760 N. Pine Grove) Tickets: $10.
Hadar Noiberg Trio (May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Preston Bradley Hall of Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Tickets free. Hadar Noiberg is a flutist, composer and arranger who 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 herself as both innovative and highly skilled. Hadar started her career from a young age as a classical musician, playing and touring with the Israeli Young Philharmonic Orchestra, and studying at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music with flutist Yossi Arnheim (principal flutist for the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra). (http://www.hadarnoiberg.com/).
Ester Rada (May 23 at City Winery; doors open at 6:00 p.m. and concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Closing Party with tickets $25-$40). Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian’s heritage. Ester has most recently teamed up with acclaimed Israeli producers Kuti (Kutiman/Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico), to release her first self-written and composed solo EP. “gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, funk, soul and r&b, with mixed undertones of black grooves.” (http://esterrada.bandcamp.com/).
For additional information got to: http://embassies.gov.il/chicago/NewsAndEvents/Pages/Israeli-Jazz-Festival-2013.aspx.