Itamar Erez is an Israeli born Canadian composer, pianist and guitarist with a breadth of expression from European classical to jazz, world music and beyond.
"An Original blend of classical music, jazz and various genres of world music, from flamenco to Indian music, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern traditions..." (The Globe & Mail)
'Desert Song' was recorded in Nov- Dec 2005 in Vancouver, BC Canada
with the generous support of the Canada Council for The Arts.
'Adama' means 'Earth' in Hebrew.
The members of 'Adama Ensemble' are:
Itamar Erez (guitars/piano)
Tony Nickels (reeds)
Laurence Mollerup (bass)
Stefan Cihelka (tabla & percussion)
Website: www.itamarerez.com (for more info, audio & video)
Adama Ensemble c/o Diane Kadota Arts Management
Vancouver BC, Canada (604) 683-8240
All tracks written and arranged
by Itamar Erez, except track 11
(traditional Jewish song)
arranged by Itamar Erez.
(c) 2006 Itamar Erez (SOCAN)
Produced by Itamar Erez
Itamar Erez is a composer, guitarist and pianist originally from Israel. His music has been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and orchestras in Germany, Italy, France, England, Israel, United States and Canada. Since 2002 he has been busy writing music for, and performing with, his group ‘Adama’.
Tony Nickels is well known in Vancouver as a free-lance performer and teacher of woodwind instruments. He has performed extensively with the Vancouver Opera, CBC, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, as well as with many jazz and rock groups. He is a versatile performer on oboe, saxophone, clarinet and flute, and in both the classical and jazz idioms. Tony is on the music faculty at Capilano College.
Laurence Mollerup has performed with many symphony orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra , Victoria Symphony, and Vancouver Opera , and his jazz credits include work with Herb Ellis, Louis Bellson, Alan Matheson and Bud Shank/Phil Woods, Charlie Byrd, NOW Orchestra, Asza , Christine Duncan, and his own jazz quartet.
Stefan Cihelka has studied the art of Tabla under the guidance of the great Ustad Allarakha & sons Ustad Zakir Hussain & Yogesh Samsi since 1993. With Adama, Stefan has created a unique drumset which combines western & eastern elements, helping the group forge new ground in Erez's compositions.