Check out the Tablet Magazine podcast feature about Alon Yavnai here.
Alon Yavnai Big Band appears Sunday March 25th @ 6pm. Tix here.
Israel-born, Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Alon Yavnai has teamed up with Germany’s NDR Bigband for Shir Ahava (Hebrew for “A Love Poem”), his first album of music for a large ensemble and the initial recording for his own AYM label, to be released in March. Yavnai, who has shared Grammy Awards as a participant in projects by Paquito D’Rivera and Yo-Yo Ma and recorded with Freddie Hubbard and Nancy Wilson. Yavnai, who is an Associate Professor at Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music, has released three previous CDs with trios and a sextet. But Shir Ahava finds him working with the 17 members of the Hamburg, Germany-based NDR Bigband, expanding his musical palette and giving the musicians a chance to play music reflecting the composer’s multinational background. The recording takes the big band sound global, weaving the music of Israel, Lebanon, North Africa, Cape Verde and Peru into the classic American big band sound.
For this CD release concert, Yavnai has put together an all-star big band lineup of top jazz musicians, who will be joined by special guests Paquito D’Rivera and Moroccan world/jazz singer Malika Zarra.