Chosen by All About Jazz as the "Best Debut CD of 2004," the 27-year old's original compositions represent a range of musical approaches including free improvisations inspired by Gottlieb's explorations of color and sound to robust compositions infused with Middle Eastern sounds and adventurous texts.
Half Sephardic-Israeli and half Swiss, Gottlieb moved to Boston in 2000, to attend the New England Conservatory. While there, she studied with such notable jazz artist/educators as Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Cecil McBee, and George Russell. Chosen to perform with the Conservatory's Honors Improvisation Ensemble (2000-01), Gottlieb has also appeared at the renowned Israel Festival with the Israel Philharmonic (conducted by Beatles producer/arranger Sir George Martin), as well as featured on WGBH's "Greater Boston Arts" in honor of Mr. Gunther Schuller's 75th birthday. In 2002 she performed in the Boston Pops "Spring Gala" and in 2004, she performed with pianist Anat Fort at the IAJE Convention in NYC.
Internal- External was recorded in 2002, just weeks after Gottlieb graduated from the Conservatory and moved to New York. Gottlieb's integrates her international roots with musical influences such as Betty Carter, Ornette Coleman and 1950s Egyptian chanteuse, Oum Koulthum, drawing upon traditional jazz, free improvisation, and her Jewish and Middle Eastern roots. She sings in both English and Hebrew, as well as without words at all.
On Track #7 of InTernal- ExTernal is Al Mishkavi (As I Lay), a "preview" track to her second CD, which features her compositions to 10 segments of text from the erotic Biblical love poem "Song of Songs" attributed to King Solomon.
Additional tracks on the CD include Ornette Coleman's "Peace" with Gottlieb's lyrics (English) , as well as "What's Done Is Done" and "Portrait of U" featuring various instrumentalists in the band with vocalizing by Gottlieb.
The CD features:
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb- Voice/ Compositions
Shahar Levavi- Guitar
Avishai Cohen- Trumpet
Matana Roberts- Alto Saxophone
Matt Mitchell- Piano
Ed Schuller- Bass
Bob Meyer- Drums