Israeli composer, bassist and vocalist Avi Belleli is a well-known entity in his native land, namely with the commercially viable rock band Tractors Revenge. Here, the artist's compositions are performed live in Jerusalem with the assistance of dance choreographer Yasmeen Godder and her "Bloody Bench Players.
There are no listings that denote the instruments used for this rather haunting yet sometimes frolicsome set, influenced by recent events in the Middle East. With reverberating guitar lines and electronics-based ambience, Belleli generates a rather unsettling panorama. The sounds of detuned stringed instruments and panic stricken screams contrast jittery effects and bizarre voices that seemingly melt into a cosmic void. On the piece titled "S.C.G.P A and G, you'll hear ostinato and heavily fuzzed-out guitar lines morphed into an unpredictable and largely psychotic sequence of events. In other spots, Belleli pursues harrowing sci-fi soundscapes with howling treatments and short-circuited electronic sounds. And while the mind's eye might try to reconcile the dance aspect, the artist captures and parlays the often grief-ridden sociopolitical aura of the Middle East with a sense of enragement.
Ultimately, Belleli's mind-numbing musical foresight juxtaposes the art of music-making with the unforgiving implications brought upon by regional strife. Therefore, the strangeness of it all makes near-perfect sense.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.