AVI AVITAL: Avital meets Avital is a meeting of minds between two musicians who come from different musical backgrounds but share a common heritage.
“The exciting part of being a classical mandolin player is that it opens a wide field for creative freedom. When I commission new pieces and engage with different musical styles, I feel that I am bringing to light new faces of this unique instrument, uncovering what is hiding there.” Avi Avital
“Explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, Avi Avital has been described as playing “with the freedom of rock or jazz musicians” (Boston Globe) even in Baroque repertoire. His latest collaboration enables him to explore this facet of his musicianship further, when he collaborates with Omer Avital to co-lead performances of their original music and arrangements live on tour in connection with the launch of their album, Avital meets Avital. Coming respectively from classical and jazz backgrounds, both musicians were born and raised by Moroccan parents in Israel and with their new album bring their different musical backgrounds and shared cultural heritage into dialogue.
“They conjure up the intoxicating colours and textures of a street market in full swing. Utterly brilliant” (Gramophone Magazine Sept 2017)
Following performances in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Zurich, Budapest, Athens, Jerusalem and London, Avital meets Avital returns to Europe 14 October – 10 November 2019.