Bassist/Composer OMER AVITAL Offers an Album of Celebratory & Expressionistic Music on SUITE OF THE EAST
Anzic Records to Release Suite of The East on April 24, 2012, featuring Omer Avital, Omer Klein, Avishai Cohen, Joel Frahm & Daniel Freedman
“knocking fresh slang out of the bass . . . some of the most original music being heard in New York” – The New York Times
” . . . Avital is one of the most exciting musicians to come onto the jazz scene in the last 20 years. His live shows are pure joy…hard-driving jazz with a new soul for a new era.” – DownBeat Magazine
Omer Avital, Suite of The East
Bassist/composer Omer Avital defines the words creative and prolific, with more than a half dozen new recordings of original music released over the past several years. Suite of The East, Avital’s latest creation, to be released by Anzic Records on April 24, 2012, is the end result of a month-long residency at Smalls (in Greenwich Village, NYC), and a guerrilla recording session, that took place during the spring of 2006.
At this time Avital had a collection of original compositions that were written towards the end of his three-year stay in Israel, and completed in New York City. The compositions naturally belonged together, linked by a common thread that runs through all of the tunes. Avital explains, “During that time in Israel I was studying classical European composition as well as Middle Eastern and North African music – Maqam Theory, and also playing the oud. The compositions on Suite of The East all deal with Middle Eastern and North African themes.” Continue reading