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Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel in 1963 and had his musical training at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz) A multi-instrumentalist he plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Clarinet, Sol, Zurna and Flutes.

Until 1994 he was a producer-arranger for various Israeli Dance & Rock Projects, performing in Europe and the USA playing ethnic Jewish soul music. Highly involved in the Israeli musical scene he recorded for 'Ofra Haza' , Yeuda Poliker and many others. He also toured with Memphis Slim and supporting many international jazz names such as Jack De Johnette, Michel Petrucciani, Richie Byrach and many others.

Coming to the UK in 1994, Atzmon recovered an interest in playing the music of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe that had been in the back of his mind for years. He founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of political reality. Since then the Orient House Ensemble has toured all over the world.

Also a prolific and often controversial writer, Atzmon's essays are widely published his novel 'Guide to the perplexed' and 'My One And Only Love' have been translated into 24 languages all together.

Over the years Gilad Atzmon's music has moved more and more towards a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Influenced by Coltranes powerful approach on the sax, Gilad's live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming.

As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with such as Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney.

Gilad Recorded as well with Robert Wyatt, the Waters Boys and many others.

The Orient House Ensemble includes Eddie Hick on Drums, Yaron Stavi on Bass and Frank Harrison on keys.


Soprano: Make- Yanagisawa Mouthpiece- Morgan Fry, FLZ Soprano in a .063" tip Reeds-Rico 2.5 Alto: Make-Selmer Refernce 54 Mouthpiece - Morgan Fry, NYZ Alto in a .073" tip Reeds-Marca Jazz Tenor: Make-Selmer Paris Mark VI Mouthpiece - Morgan Fry, Floridated Link in a .092" tip Reeds-Marca Jazz 3 Bari: Make- Selmer Paris, Balanced Action Mouthpiece-Beechller 8 Reeds-Rico 2.5 Clarinet: Make-Buffet Crampon Mouthpiece Vandoren B45 Reeds-Rico 2.5 and Harry Hartmann's Fiberreed


A formidable improvisational array...a local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height..."-John Fordham, The Guardian

“…Atzmon is an astonishing musician.” John Lewis, Metro, September 07

"Atzmon is surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz..." The Times

"Atzmon is a loose cannon: a larger than life figure with an almost overpowering musical personality... it's as perfect a jazz marriage as you could wish for" Phil Jonson, Independent on Sunday

“A revelation, a multi-reed man of enormous talent.”-Tony Richards Musician Magazine

“Atzmon sends his soprano sax and clarinet soaring over complex rhythms from all points of the globe with a poetry that never forfeits control.”- Nina Caplan, Metro

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Rainbow Over Kolonaki

MoonJune Records


The Spirit Of Trane

Fanfare Jazz


The Whistle Blower

Fanfare Jazz


The Whistle Blower

Fanfare Jazz


Songs Of The...

World Village


The Tide Has Changed

World Village


And So Have We

From: The Tide Has Changed
By Gilad Atzmon

Spring in New York

From: Refuge
By Gilad Atzmon

Re-Arranging the 20th Century

From: Musik
By Gilad Atzmon



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