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Desert Song'- new CD

Adama Music presents Itamar Erez & The Adama Ensemble’s New CD- ‘Desert Song’ ‘DESERT SONG’ TAKES FUSION TO A NEW LEVEL WITH EXCITING AND ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS, BLENDING MIDDLE EASTERN, JAZZ AND FLAMENCO INFLUENCES. "An Original blend of classical music, jazz and various genres of world music, from flamenco to Indian music, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern traditions..." (The Globe & Mail)

The Adama Ensemble (based in Vancouver, BC, Canada), led by composer, guitarist and pianist Itamar Erez, invites people to be stirred to the soul by its ‘East meets West’ performance of original works that transcend cultural and generational barriers. Adama - which takes its name from the Hebrew for ‘Earth’ - pushes the boundaries of classical, contemporary jazz and world music composition and improvisation to produce a vibrant new sound with unusual melodies and complex rhythms.

"As a composer, I felt that I needed to explore new territories," says internationally acclaimed composer, Itamar Erez, the group’s founder. He created Adama to direct himself and his audiences to the heart. The new CD ‘Desert Song’ does just that. Through beautiful and haunting compositions, played with sensitivity and intensity, you are transported into the magical, ‘invisible’ landscapes of the heart.

Originally from Israel, Erez is a pianist and guitarist, recipient of the ‘1997 Israeli Prime Minister Creation Prize for Composers’ and an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre. Formed in 2003, Adama comprises reed player Tony Nickels, bassist Laurence Mollerup, and Stefan Cihelka on tabla & percussion. These are seasoned musicians with broad musical interests and experience drawn from their unique blend of European, Middle Eastern and North American roots. The group has performed at various venues and events throughout Vancouver including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Community College, Cityfest, the Global Discoveries Festival, Commercial Drive’s ‘Rime’, Capilano College Theatre and others. The members of Adama are: Itamar Erez (guitars/piano), Tony Nickels (reeds), Laurence Mollerup (bass) & Stefan Cihelka (tabla). 'Desert Song' was recorded, mixed & mastered Nov- Dec 2005 by Shael Wrinch at Beatty Lane Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Produced by Itamar Erez.

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  • Artist / Group Name: Itamar Erez & The Adama Ensemble
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