Long Forms Ohad Talmor Newsreel Sextet
- 1Layas Lines08:18
- 6Misique Anodine14:37
Info for Long Forms
Ohad Talmor came to New York in 1995 to study music and since then made Brooklyn his home where he has been one of the "movers and shakers" of the creative jazz scene. On the ground floor of his Prospect Heights loft, he runs the performance space "Seeds".
Talmor, the cosmopolitan who today commutes between Europe and New York, is an outstanding improviser and expressive stylist. He plays with Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum or Jason Moran. In recent years, he has attracted widespread attention with the originality of his compositions and sophisticated arrangements, whether in his trio, sextet or orchestra.
The core members of Newsreel Sextet are Talmor's long-term fellow travelers: Jacob Sacks (p), Miles Okazaki (g), Shane Endsley (tp), Matt Pavolka (b) and Dan Weiss (dr), some of whom he first met at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied Composition in 1995 – fresh off the boat. Ohald Talmor: "The members of my band are friends, with whom I share a great artistic trust and bond. That's the personal side, which is very important to me. Just as important is the musical side, however. Each one of these musicians is a strong artistic personality. They have to be in a position to play my music convincingly – it's by no means easy and moves seamlessly between various genres: jazz, North Indian traditional and contemporary or New music."
Talmor's voice as a composer and improviser offers a powerful prismatic music which dances between rousing verve, powerful passages merging into lyrical and poetic ones. Individual expressiveness and introspection are seamlessly integrated into different musical forms. – A great adventure for the listeners.
Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone
Shane Endsley, trumpet
Miles Okazaki, guitar
Jacob Sacks, piano
Matt Pavolka, acoustic bass
Dan Weiss, drums
Recorded April 2015, at Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, NY, by Michael Perez Cisneros
Mixed and mastered by Ohad Talmor/Liberty
Produced by Ohad Talmor
The cosmopolitan Ohad Talmor was born in Lyon, France, originally from Israel, grew up partly in Geneva, Switzerland and now American and long time Brooklyn resident.
A classically trained pianist, Talmor picked up the saxophone while attending High School in Florida. Don’t let it confuse you.
Talmor was mentored early on by the legendary Lee Konitz who helped him groom and foster his dual interests for Composition and Improvisation. Through Konitz’s close relationship, they worked on and co-lead three distinct projects for which Talmor both composed/arranged and played: the Lee Konitz Nonet, the Konitz-Talmor String Project and the Konitz-Talmor Big Band.
On his own, Talmor leads a number of flexible groups mirroring his multi-faceted musical identity. The Newsreel Sextet featuring Drummer Dan Weiss, Pianist Jacob Sacks, Guitarist Miles Okazaki, Trumpeter Shane Endsley and Bassist Matt Pavolka.
The Newsreel Trio featuring Guitarist Miles Okazaki and Drummer Dan Weiss.
The Ohad Talmor Grand Ensemble – a big band featuring many of New York’s leading improvisers.
The Mass Transformation Nonet focuses on the Music of Anton Bruckner and beyond. It features Austria’s Spring String 4tet, Singer Judith Berkson, Guitarist Pete McCann, Trumpeter Shane Endsley and Drummer Mark Ferber.
Talmor is a member of Drummer Adam Nussbaum’s “Leadbelly Project” featuring Guitarists Steve Cardenas and Nate Radley, and a Collaborative Trio featuring Bassist Steve Swallow and Drummer Adam Nussbaum.
Other collaborators include Jason Moran, Josh Redman, Fred Hersch, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek, Carla Bley, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and many others, most of whom do not have major recording contracts, which is just as well.
Talmor’s interest for bringing together improvisation within the scope of highly sophisticated thru-composed music have him equally involved in writing for Jazz, Electronic or Contemporary Classical Music.
His music has been performed by various ensembles all over the world, including: Portugal’s OJM Big Band, Germany’s WDR Big Band, Brazil’s SoundScape Orquestra, European Radio Jazz Orchestra, Belgium’s Bruxelles Jazz Orchestra.
Ohad Talmor contribution in the Contemporary Classical genre includes music composed for the Spring String Quartet from Austria, Porto’s “Casa da Musica” Orchestra, pianist Martha Argerich or Sao Paulo’s Symphonic Band.
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