Los Angeles, CA (Top40 Charts/ BFM Digital)
Hommage - the latest release from widely respected, composer, guitarist and pianist Itamar Erez, will be released digitally on August 9th through Isidore. The self-produced, sophomore release from the Israeli-born Erez and his genre-defying quartet, The Adama Ensemble, offers up a unique and personal fusion of Contemporary Jazz, Middle Eastern, and Flamenco music - as well as a special guest performance from noted BBC World Music
Award-winning World musician maestro, Omar Faruk Tekbilek.
Winner of the Israeli Prime Minister Creation Prize for Composers, Itamar Erez expands his musical horizons on his latest release dedicating his compositions to several of his musical inspirations including Brazilian composer and guitarist/pianist Egberto Gismonti; Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem; Spanish flamenco guitar master Vicente Amigo; as well as Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Gypsy guitarist Lulo Reinhardt.
"Hommage is a tribute to my musical hero Egberto Gismonti, who has inspired me since I was 18-years-old," says Erez. "Working with Omar Faruk Tekbilek over the last few years has also been a blessing in my life - I am very excited to have him as a guest musician on the track dedicated to him, 'Omar'a.'"
From the opening track, "Anouar," this accomplished quartet sets the stage for the entire release with its Middle Eastern soundscape burgeoning with intense Jazz grooves. The track "Omar'a" is dedicated to Omar Faruk Tekbilek, who plays a wooden flute on this track called a ney, which is one of the oldest known instruments.
"Prisoner's Song" is fiery flamenco-inspired track that that features the sparingly soulful singing of Yehuda Shuky Shveiky. While the title track "Hommage" (which is dedicated to Egberto Gismonti) offers up an intense Brazilian-flavored guitar that fuels the soul of this inspired track. "The Promise" features Erez's accomplished piano playing pulsing out big chords that call on the entire ensemble to join the simple and delicate melody.
The Adama Ensemble is comprised of: Itamar Erez (piano/guitar), Yoram Lachish (oboe/english horn), Yorai Oron (acoustic bass) and Dani Benedikt (drums). "Hommage" also features guest musicians Shlomo Deshet (percussion), Omar Faruk Tekbilek (ney flute) and Yehuda (Shuky) Shveiky (vocals).
For additional information please visit: http://www.itamarerez.com/