INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES
From New York
Oded Tzur Quartet
DECEMBER 2, 2017
TICKETS - MEMBERS $24, GUESTS $28
DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM
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Oded Tzur - tenor saxophone
Nitai Hershkovits - piano
Or Bareket - bass
Ofri Nehemya - drums
Oded Tzur is a New York City based saxophonist, composer and
bandleader. His work draws influence from the art of storytelling
and explores relationships between ancient and modern musical
traditions. His two albums on Enja Records have earned his music the
title: "A new type of Swing", and won extraordinary critical acclaim
in Japan, South Africa, Europe, Russia and the United States. Tzur's
unique language of improvisation takes the listener on a journey
many describe as "musical storytelling", and evokes deep contrasts
between silent passages and dramatic crescendos.
"Translator's Note", Tzur's second album as a leader, was released this year. It is both a departure from and a continuance of "Like a Great River", his debut which was released in 2015 and received rave reviews around the world.
Before recording "Like a Great River", Oded went through a long process of studying Indian classical music. "In a way, the album was an attempt to explore whether the contents of that tradition can be applied to the jazz scene of 2015 New York" says the saxophonist, "whether a raga can be placed on top of a moving bass and still adhere to its rules of melodic movement. And whether that would make sense."
As the quartet continued to perform its music around the world, Tzur has gained a better understanding of these traditions and their internal dialogue. "The similarities are nuanced and hidden deep under the surface, but uncovering them is well worth the effort" he continues, "As Joseph Campbell had put it: 'Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths'. Music is a private dream made public."
Quartet of the 21st century"