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Bassist and composer Omer Avital is one of today’s most innovative musicians. He is praised by critics as, “... extraordinary, roaringly inventive, a pioneer in combining jazz with myriad world music elements... One of the most exciting musicians to come onto the jazz scene in the last 20 years.”
Avital is a visionary who combines music from his cultural background with modern Western jazz. This makes for an atmospheric sound with contagious Middle-Eastern grooves, subtle jazz melodies and orchestral arrangements of Sephardic compositions. With his last album, Abutbul Music (recorded in Paris and released on the Jazz Village records label), Avital delivers once again a strong statement with a powerful sound, joyful rhythms and oriental melodies that draw on gospel and soul. Avital is continually evolving contemporary jazz, rightly been called one of the most unique musicians of his generation.The fun and joy he experiences on stage is contagious. Audiences connect with his enthusiasm as he laughs and dances with his bass.