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Assif Tsahar

Assif Tsahar (born Israel, June 11, 1969) is an Israeli tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist. He has lived in New York City since 1990. He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Hamid Drake, Peter Kowald, Susie Ibarra, Rashied Ali, Warren Smith, Wilbur Morris, Le Quan Ninh, John Tchicai, Fred Anderson, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Gerald Cleaver, Agusti Fernandez, Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Joe Daley, Herb Robertson, Cuong Vu, Chris Jonas, Ori Kaplan, Oscar Noriega, Alex Harding, Steve Swell, Cooper-Moore, and Tom Abbs In 1999 he founded Hopscotch Records.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019" reviewed by John Sharpe

There's sometimes a backlash against picking the year's best albums. Understandably so when it entails pitting one honest artistic endeavour against another. Best to view the selections as a chance to pick up on something that you might otherwise have missed. As a listener I always look forward to the annual year end lists for precisely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assif Tsahar: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Read "In Between the Tumbling a Stillness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As the saying goes, In Between The Tumbling A Stillness, recorded in 2015 in Tel Aviv, “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Saxophonist Assif Tsahar, who sticks to tenor throughout, opens “In Between" like a lion, if that lion were Albert Ayler. The 35-minute piece draws from the fire music of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assif Tsahar / William Parker / Hamid Drake: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Read "In Between the Tumbling a Stillness" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist Assif Tsahar has deep roots in the free-jazz genre, having played with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, Peter Kowald, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Herb Robertson, Cooper-Moore, and many others. Among his other associations are two albums with bassist William Parker, Sunrise in the Tone World (AUM Fidelity, 1995) and Mass for the Healing of the ...

In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Label: Hopscotch Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: In Between; The Tumbling; A Stillness.

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Musical Portrait Of Hamid Drake

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Hamid Drake" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

Centro d'Arte's “50/50" series continues! In this new installment, we present a musical portrait of Hamid Drake, simply one of the most original percussionists on the planet, whose musical vision merges the energy of free jazz with the spirituality of eastern philosophies, embracing all the musics of the world. The mixtape features the ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Vision Festival 2017

Read "Vision Festival 2017" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

New York's Vision Festival of innovative music marked its 22nd anniversary last month with another stellar lineup boasting pioneers of the avant-garde playing alongside a premier cadre of younger musicians. Presented at the historic Judson Memorial Church in the heart of Greenwich Village by Arts for Art, the festival featured six nights of challenging music, much ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch & Soul Searchin'

Read "Lipsomuch & Soul Searchin'" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Nella loro storia i Digital Primitives non hanno inciso molti dischi: questo doppio che raccoglie Lipsomuch & Soul Searchin' (tra l'altro contenente registrazioni del 2011) è solo il terzo della serie, ma in tutta onestà non ci sentiamo di dire che la scelta -sempre che di scelta si tratti -sia in qualche modo scriteriata, non solo ...

Code Re(A)d

Label: Hopscotch Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Comprehensive Passages; Oblique Interpretations; Deceptive Responses; Expanded Metaphors; Resounding Reasoning; Endangered Artifacts; (A)pplied Syntax; Divided Layers.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Assif Tsahar, Gerry Hemingway, Marc Dresser: Code Re(A)d

Read "Code Re(A)d" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ogni tanto fa piacere imbattersi in lavori che mostrino di raccogliere con la dovuta coerenza filologica (che non vuol dire riciclo mani e piedi) la lezione del free jazz storico. È quanto accade in questo bell'album, che riunisce una volta di più una coppia ritmica (chiamiamola così, per comodità) in sella ormai da una trentina d'anni ...


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