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Chen Zimbalista

Percussionist Chen Zimbalista is a force of nature. Exhibiting preternatural musical skills since he was a child, this Israeli-born performer has gone on to master over 40 exotic instruments from dozens of countries, and has proven himself equally adept at performing complex Classical compositions as he is at home with World music and jazz.

On stage, Zimbalista is an explosive, riveting presence. His energetic shows are a visceral experience that must be seen, not only heard. His disarming stage manner and raw physicality manage to engage even the most reserved audiences to become active participants in the event. He's an international 'best kept secret' -- about to electrify America.

Soon to tour the U.S. as a headliner (and to guest with Chamber Ensemble Concertante as well,) Zimbalista remains relatively unknown in America. Though, The Los Angeles Times took note of his show-stopping performance as a Guest Performer with the LA Jewish Symphony, raving that Chen “ought to be” a household name in this country. “Zimbalista is a young, muscular, intense dynamo with charisma to burn and a precise technique that knows no stylistic bounds. He's also a showman who knows how to make an entrance.” He “reeled off an extraordinary solo, one with kinetic impact, a sense of direction and melodic logic “ and it swung like mad. Why can't all drum solos be like this…?”

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LA TIMES RAVES: “Zimbalista is a Young, Muscular, Intense Dynamo with Charisma to Burn and a Precise Technique That Knows No Stylistic Bounds”

More from The LA TIMES review: “Zimbalista made easy work of Hadas Goldschmidt-Halfon's fascinating new percussion concerto, “Knock on Wood”, with its difficult two-handed polyrhythms on marimba, bongos, temple blocks and tom-toms and its gently syncopated slow movement on triangles and glockenspiel. And with conductor Noreen Green and orchestra scrambling to keep pace, Zimbalista impishly led everyone, including us, in a frantic Shlomo Gronich scherzo called “Go”...” The Los Angeles Times, By Richard S

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