DESERT SONG (2006)
Itamar Erez's 1st release was recorded during Nov- Dec 2005 in Vancouver, BC Canada with the generous support of the Canada Council for The Arts. Released in 2006
The members of 'Adama Ensemble' when recording this CD were:
Itamar Erez (guitars/piano)
Tony Nickels (reeds)
Laurence Mollerup (bass)
Stefan Cihelka (tabla & percussion)
The Adama Ensemble, 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.
"...a new CD that takes listeners to a world where improvisation and global influence swirl like shifting sands. Desert Song is a little like an audio mirage". (World Beat International)