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Avishai Darash

Avishai Darash is an Amsterdam-based pianist and composer whose style is derived from North African traditional music, Western classical music, American jazz and Israeli folk, amongst others. Avishai’s enthusiasm for music developed at an early age and his family encouraged him to pursue his interest. At the age of 16, he attended his first jazz concert and was deeply moved by the experience. He immediately began taking piano lessons under the guidance of composer / pianist Ittai Rosenbaum , which ultimately lead him to understand that music was not simply a passion of his, but something that he wished to dedicate his life to. In 2010, Avishai completed a Bachelor degree at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance under the guidance of Erez Barnoy, Ilan Mochiach and Ittai Rosenbaum. In the course of his studies, Avishai gained international experience when he travelled to New York City, where he studied with George Cables, Bob Cranshaw, and where he also befriended Brad Mehldau , who took him under his tutelage for a while. In late 2010, Avishai moved to The Netherlands to complete a joint-honours degree program at the esteemed Conservatory of Amsterdam , studying both jazz music and classical composition. From 2012 till 2017, Avishai worked closely with the Dutch / Moroccan oud virtuoso Mohamed Ahaddaf as his pianist and arranger

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Andalusian Love Song

Label: Marmoucha/SENA
Released: 2022
Track listing: Andalusian Love Song; Kartana; She's The Perfume In The Wind; Longing-Sadness; Twishya Hijaz El Kbir; Prakriti; Mohamed's Blues; The Day After; Arriving Home.

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Article: Album Review

Avishai Darash featuring Marmoucha Orchestra: Andalusian Love Song

Read "Andalusian Love Song" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Israeli pianist & composer Avishai Darash has always made a deliberate effort to combine his Middle Eastern heritage with Western influences. He considers Andalusian music to be the origin and core of Western music; this album is a love song to that music and its journey and evolution from the MENA region (Middle East and North ...

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Samskara

Label: A. MA Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Jajouka; About Her; About Him; Earth Saung; New Vision; Joy; Lullaby For Bendavid; Samskara; Purusha; Like Butter In The Sun; Ten Sephiroth.

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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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Avishai Darash: Samskara

Read "Samskara" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Israeli pianist-composer Avishai Darash made a deliberate effort to combine his Middle Eastern heritage with western influences in this music. The album title comes from Indian philosophy: “Samskaras" are the sum of all mental, physical and psychological impressions left in the body of an individual. Darash takes the opportunity to revisit some of his earlier material, ...

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Nomadic Treasures

Label: A.MA edizioni
Released: 2018
Track listing: Gnawa vibe/Newborn; Strong/Meditation; Verlangen; Kubbe; This is how the story ends; Taqsim; Madre; Somewhere Nowhere; Who's asking; Agora; How introspective.

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Impermanence

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Happiness; Lullaby For Benedavid; The Day After; Nothingness; Power To The Peaceful; A Three Day's Journey; The Shepherd Of Dreams; Spiritones; Morenica; Mahumudra; Impermanence.


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