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Alon Yavnai

I was born & raised in Israel, in a multicultural household. My mother came from Argentina, and my father is from Israel. Although my parents were not professional musicians, my father played accordion, and my mother played the piano. There was always a piano at home, music was always present, and I had a strong support at home to immerse entirely in music. My exposure to music from all corners of the globe is something I have been cultivating since a very early age. I started taking piano lessons when I was 5, and graduated the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Gyvataim conservatory

Reconnect

Label: Gateway Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Reconnect #1 (improvisation); Compete #2; Au Castagney -2nd Movement; Flowers; Itamar; Competa #3; Certain Standards; Face Love; Reconnect #2 (Improvisation); SOF.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alon Yavnai - Jesper Riis: Reconnect

Read "Reconnect" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A first meeting can be something special. Perhaps, a certain chemistry is present. Perhaps, there is feeling of immediate communication. Sometimes these first meetings evolve into long-term friendships and relationships, but other times, people just drift apart again for no particular reason. In a way, being a jazz musician could be characterized as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra: Travel Notes

Read "Travel Notes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Travel Notes, the seventh album by the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra, is much like the first half-dozen: big-band jazz whose design and performance are as consistently strong and artistic as one can envision at any level. Tom Knific, WMU's director of Jazz Studies since 2000, has a keen ear for engaging songs, one of which ...

Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

Read "Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dartstadter Big BandKentomaniaSelf Published2010 Of all the recorded tributes to the legendary Stan Kenton released during the centennial of his birth (2011), the Darmstadter Big Band's Kentomania (it's spelled that way on the jacket cover and disc) is unequaled for one reason alone: it has former Kenton ...

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Alon Yavnai takes Big Band sound global with "Shir Ahava" CD + NY and Boston concert debuts

Alon Yavnai takes Big Band sound global with "Shir Ahava" CD + NY and Boston concert debuts

Jazz Pianist/Composer Takes Big Band Sound Global with Influences from North Africa, Cape Verde, Middle East and Peru Credits Include Grammy CDs with Paquito D'Rivera and Yo-Yo Ma NEW YORK CD Release Concert Sunday MARCH 25TH at BIRDLAND Special Guests: Paquito D'Rivera & Malika Zarra BOSTON CD Release Concert Thursday APRIL 19TH at Scullers Israel-born, Brooklyn-based ...

Travel Notes

Label: ObliqSound
Released: 2009
Track listing: Bayit; Yonatan; Yoman; Numi Numi; Travel Notes; Shir Ahava Tari; Ilha B'nit; Yakinton; Zricha; Sof.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alon Yavnai: Travel Notes

Read "Travel Notes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Travelling. Travel across space. Finding the notes, finding the place. Where the music speaks, where the music sings. The endless map where time begins. Three people are making a musical journey. This is Travel Notes by the Israeli pianist Alon Yavnai and his trio consisting of Omer Avital on bass and oud and percussionist ...

Picture This

Label: Bon Rapport Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Blues For Alon; Paquito's Merengue; The Beginning; Fugue No. 7 Eb Major From 2nd Book; Funk Tango; Mouche Blues; Zamba Azul; Up Hill; Picture This; Long Time Ago Moses

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alon Yavnai Trio: Picture This

Read "Picture This" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Picture This, by the Alon Yavnai Trio, features an intriguing mix of music from different geographical areas as well as historical eras. Backed by Massimo Biolcati on acoustic bass and Take Toriyama on drums (with guest spots by Cuban reed player Paquito D'Rivera), pianist Yavnai tackles Middle Eastern-tinged material, a Bach fugue, as well as some ...


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