Alon Yavnai & NDR Bigband
Shir Ahava (Alon Yavnai, 2012)
Israeli jazz pianist Alon Yavnai collaborates with Germany’s NDR Bigband in Shir Ahava ( “A Love Poem” in Hebrew). Alon Yavnai presents original compositions that cross boundaries, mixing American big band jazz, orchestral music, Afro-Cuban grooves and the global sounds of the Middle East.
Highlights of the album include ‘Bitter roots’, ‘Ilha b’nit’ and ‘Sof’.
Alon Yavnai is now based in Brooklyn (New York) and has collaborated with renowned musicians like American cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. He has recorded with Freddie Hubbard and Nancy Wilson. Yavnai is an Associate Professor at Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music. He has released three previous CDs with trios and a sextet.
On Shir Ahava, Alon Yavnai offers a finely-calibrated ensemble of piano and big band orchestra with a stylish mix of jazz and world music.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.