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Asaf Sirkis

Born in 1969 in Petah-Tikva, Israel, Asaf later moved to the town of Rehovot, where he spent his teens and early twenties. This was an influential move for Asaf, as it was here amongst the diverse cultural influences he found in Rehovot that Asaf began to show an interest in music and rhythm. In Rehovot he lived amongst people from North Africa, east and central Europe, and the Middle East. Living in Shaarayim, the Yemenite neighbourhood in Rehovot, Asaf was particularly drawn to Yemenite culture, music, and rhythms. At the age of 12 Asaf began drum lessons, while also having a strong interest in playing electric bass

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part One

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part One" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The name Jimmy Haslip needs no introduction. So, he doesn't get one. Seriously, we had a lot of ground to cover and he had so many great stories and interesting asides to share that we are breaking the interview into two parts as it is. So, without further ado... All About Jazz: I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full six years since Pat Metheny last released a studio recording. This, despite the guitarist who has become, in a career now in the midst of its fifth decade, one of the most famous and influential jazz guitarists of his (or, some would argue, any) generation, reportedly having enough material in the can ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another year, another diverse group of releases. There were an unusual percentage of albums outside of jazz for me this year, for whatever reason. Although I opted not to review any albums by pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, she released five diverse projects—even after her 2018 marathon of an album a month to celebrate her 60th birthday—so I ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sirkis/Bialas IQ: Our New Earth

Read "Our New Earth" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Established in 2014, when this band released its first album Come To Me (Stonebird Productions, 2015; limited distribution by MoonJune Records) it called itself The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet. It has shortened the name to Sirkis/Bialas IQ, but it's still international: Asaf Sirkis (drums) is an Israeli living in England; Sylwia Bialas (vocals) is a Pole living ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival Ambleside, UK August 29-September 1, 2019 'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: La Casa Murada MoonJune Sessions, Volume 1

Read "La Casa Murada MoonJune Sessions, Volume 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Magic seems to happen routinely at Spain's La Casa Murada Residential Recording Studio, a converted 12th century farmhouse, at least during the MoonJune Records recording sessions. For listeners who have not been following the label's releases, this generous 80-minute sampler offers a delightful overview. For those who have, it includes one track released in advance of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eyal Maoz - Asaf Sirkis: The Lie Detectors Part III - Secret Unit

Read "The Lie Detectors Part III - Secret Unit" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based guitarist Eyal Maoz (John Zorn, Lou Reed) and London-based drummer Asaf Sirkis (Markus Reuter, Mark Wingfield) are childhood friends, hailing from Rehovot, Israel. Although each musician is quite busy via numerous projects on a global scale, they've managed to produce three duo albums. On Part III, the musicians seemingly operate with the force of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Kelman

For his Moonjune Records debut, Stephan Thelen, USA-born/Swiss guitarist and primary composer for the post-minimalist/post-progressive band Sonar, challenges some of the foundational premises of a group that has, over almost the last decade, garnered increasing critical and popular acclaim. As informed by Robert Fripp and the guitarist's work with (and beyond) King Crimson as it is ...

NEWS: RADIO

Talk Mode with Eamonn Lenihan—New Podcast Series Offers Three Jazz Interviews A Week

Talk Mode with Eamonn Lenihan—New Podcast Series Offers Three Jazz Interviews A Week

“Duke Ellington reckoned ‘Too much talk stinks up the place’. And of course it must be about the music. But sincere, intelligent conversation can lead to enlightenment. My role, as podcast host, is to steer guests away from bland, chat show patter into areas of genuine interest…” —Eamonn Lenihan Talk Mode, the very first podcast by ...


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