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Aaron Choulai & Abate

Having taking Crown Melbourne Jazz 2007 by storm, Israeli-Ethiopian saxophonist and vocalist Abate will once again join with award-winning Australian jazz pianist and composer Aaron Choulai for one performance only.

'One of the highlights of the festival' was how The Age newspaper described the pairing of Abate and Aaron Choulai.

With his stunning saxophone playing and haunting vocals, Abate has been described by the Ha'aretz newspaper as 'The best thing that happened to Israeli jazz and maybe to Israeli music in general.' Aaron Choulai, awarded Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year in 2006, has equally been lauded by the critics, described by Rhythms magazine as '...that boy genius, Aaron Choulai'.

Abate is an expert on traditional Ethiopian music and Jewish religious music of the Ethiopian synagogues. He has taken this grounding to produce haunting music that delves deep into the emotions of the listener. But he has also collaborated with a number of Israeli jazz musicians, widening his repertoire and influences.

Aaron is a composer, band leader, has worked as Musical Director and pianist for Kate Ceberano, recorded in New York for the prestigious Sunnyside Records and headlined international festivals. Aaron's free-spirited compositions and fluid performances make him one of Australia's most exhilarating and versatile young performers. In the past 12 months, Aaron has lead an international music and mixed media project 'We Don't Dance For No Reason' with his Australian jazz quartet and a choir from Papua New Guinea and is Musical Director of 'The Black Arm Band – Muranduk' featuring the legendary Archie Roache and Paul Kelly.

The performance in Israel will provide the rare opportunity to see and hear these two acclaimed musicians perform together for one night only.

8.30pm, Tuesday 24 June 2008
Felicja Blumenthal Music Centre,
26 Bialik St, Tel Aviv

Tickets: 03 620 1185

Aaron Choulai