Production of CDs of Outstanding Artists

Haifa Arts Foundation helped outstanding Haifa musicians to produce CDs of their works. The objective was to encourage musicians of all genres.

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Meitar Ensemble Performing Arie Shapira's RAW! 

Format the CD cover : Flo Pelz. 

Haifa Arts Foundation assisted in producing a CD of Haifa composer, recipient of Israel Prize for composition, Prof. Arie Shapira (1943–2015). The CD contains ten compositions, seven of which were written especially for Meitar Ensemble and Tel Aviv Wind Quintet; nine pieces are performed by Meitar, the tenth by the Quintet.

 

Meitar Ensemble   https://www.meitar.net/music

Meitar Ensemble, founded in 2004 by artistic director Amit Dolberg, has established itself as a prominent array of virtuosos specializing in contemporary music.

Based in Tel-Aviv, they have been featured at some of the most prestigious venues worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Purcell Room (London), the Radial System and BKA (Berlin), the Moscow Conservatory, Yale University, the 92Y (NYC), the Venice Biennale for Contemporary Music, Heidelberger Frueling Festival, Sound Ways festival St. Petersburg and more.

They have held residencies at MATA festival (NY), Dartmouth University, and the Zeitkunst Festival in Berlin, and are the ensemble in residence at the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv.

Members:

Bracha Kol - Mezzo Soprano
Roy Amotz, Hagar Shahal
- Flute
Gilad Harel - Clarinet
Nadav Cohen – Bassoon
Moshe Aharonov
 - Violin/Viola
Yoni Gotlibovitch – Cello
Amit Dolberg – Piano

https://www.meitar.net


Meitar Ensemble. Photo: Meirav Kadichevski 

The Tel Aviv Wind Quintet  www.tlvwq.com

Musicians:

Roy Amotz - Flute

Yigal Kaminka - Oboe

Danny Erdman - Clarinet

Nadav Cohen - Bassoon

Itamar Leshem - Horn

The Tel Aviv Wind Quintet was founded in 2009 by young Israeli musicians, seeking to bring the wonderful woodwind repertoire as well as commissioned works to wider audiences.

Today, the quintet performs more than 20 concerts each season all around Israel, including its most prestigious concert venues, such as the YMCA (at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival), the Jerusalem Music Centre, the Mormon University, Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theater, the Israel Conservatory and the Tel-Aviv Museum, together with educational activities, workshops for composers and several activities in communities in the periphery

An integral part of the quintet's credo is to perform and record music by leading Israeli composers of both the younger and the older generations. Recent collaborations include Menachem Zur, Eitan Steinberg, Aharon Harlap, Arie Shapira, Amit Gilutz and Tzvi Avni.

In addition to their work with the TAWQ, the quintet's musicians are also active as soloists, working and collaborating with international orchestras and musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Guy Braunshtein, Martha Argerich, Pierre Boulez and Andras Schiff.

The quintet was awarded the Eilam prize for Israeli performers (2011) as well as grants from the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Haifa Arts Foundation and the Mifal Ha'Pais Council for Culture and Arts.

The TAWQ's debut album, featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Ari Ben-Shabetai (World premiere recording) and Piazzolla, was released at the end of 2016.

In June 2017 the TAWQ went on its first international tour in Switzerland.

The Tel Aviv Quintet. Photo: Monica Ritterhouse. 

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 Opening Concert of the Haifa Music Center International Festival (2000)

 

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Haifa Music Center, under the direction of conductor Ada Pelleg, held a gala concert at the opening of the annual International Music Festival, 2000. Haifa Arts Foundation assisted in producing a CD of the concert, recorded and filmed during that very evening. 

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Haifa Septet – A Jazz Combo

 

Haifa Septet is a jazz group whose members are Aviran Ben-Naim - composition, arrangements, musical direction, piano and trumpet; Oleg Naiman - saxophone and clarinet; Yaron Semiat – tenor sax; Tal Feder -baritone horn; Oren Avni – guitar; Valeri lipets – bass; Yonadav Halevy - drums.

The ensemble has performed twice at the Eilat Jazz Festival (2000, 2003), Jazz Blues and Videotape (2002) and at the prestigious Jazz Festival in Monterey (Switzerland, 2002). The ensemble was endorsed by the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport.

Haifa Arts Foundation helped the Ensemble to issue its CD, The Journey (Graphic design: Orit Semiat), and in addition awarded the Septet a scholarship from the Kalman Ginsburg Trust. Mr. Ginsburg bequeathed money to Haifa Arts Foundation, for establishing a trust after his name, distributing scholarships to outstanding musicians.

https://stage.co.il/Authors/HaifaSeptet 

 

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Red Hot Killer Screwing the Whites

 


Front cover design: Maggie Shrem / Gitit Rafael Back cover design: Gitit Rafael   Band Pictures: Tzvika Yitzhaki

 

Punk-rock band Killer HaLohetet (Red Hot Killer), whose members came from Haifa, was active during the first half of the 1980s. It was considered one of the most interesting and challenging local rock bands, and carried a whiff of foreign countries.

The band was inspired by London and New York, David Bowie And T. Rex' Glam, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones' punk, and the theatrical rock of Alice Cooper.

The band went on a short tour, performing in Israel's esteemed clubs, and broke up due to the departure of its leader and vocalist, Yoram Mark-Reich, to London, for a five-year period. Upon his return to Israel, Yoram Mark-Reich reestablished the band for a short period, and after another round of touring and recording more songs, the band again ceased from activity, for about 20 years.

Upon the band's return to activity in 2010, Haifa Arts Foundation assisted in producing the CD Screwing the Whites. The CD included the materials that appeared on the band's original album, released in the summer of 1985. It was one of Helicon Records' first releases, and received excellent media reactions. The reissue came with a bonus CD, featuring 15 songs, of which 10 were rare and 5 new.

The band's musical styles are pop, rock, glam, punk and rock. The album includes the hits I Want to be The Prime Minister, City of Virgins, Disneyland is Not Waiting for Me, Hanna'leh, The Night is Not Yet Over, and Giving You the Works.

Band members included bass player Monica Sex (who later became the namesake of Yali Sobol's band), guitarist Gil Alon (who joined Ethnix), drummer Asaf Meroz (Eifo HaYeled) and others, including Gadi Har-Shai, Menachem Zibziner, Danny Schlossberg, Eduardo Grotzky, Ofer Yair, Alex Eisenberg, Pini Ben-Nun, Meir Levi.

The current line-up includes Yoram Mark-Reich –leader and vocalist, Yaron Dekel, Ofer Strool, Atzmon Avrahami and Yuval Lieblich.

 

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Carmel A-Cappella 

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Carmel A-Cappella is a vocal quintet specializing in unaccompanied (a-cappella) polyphonic music. The quintet works within the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Haifa, and is one of the city's representative bands. Shula Erez is the musical director of the ensemble.

The ensemble has participated in many festivals around the country including Misgav, Abu-Ghosh and others, and also participated in radio and television programs and took part in the Millennium Show, broadcast on 60 television stations worldwide. The ensemble won first place in three categories at the international contest Song of the Seas, and enjoyed multiple media exposure on radio and television.

Carmel A-Cappella's repertoire is highly varied and includes vocal arrangements of classical instrumental works, Israeli songs, songs from musicals, jazz and light music.

The ensemble is defined by high artistic level, a unique style of singing and a vocal style combining classical artistry with folk singing.

From the disk: Https://youtu.be/gYaovMxCveA

More about the composition: Http://www.carmelacappella.co.il/

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ויקטוריה ליזרוביץ' – שירה

          

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Vik is a Ukraine-born soprano, who performed throughout the Ukraine as an actress and singer in Gypsy folk and Jewish folklore bands. At the age of 25, she made Aliyah to Israel on her own, from Odessa, and ever since then she's in Haifa, teaching voice training, singing and performing throughout the country.

https://www.facebook.com/viktoria.leizerovitch

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Shuf Aleiam Choir

The choir operates within Alcarmel Association, under the musical direction of Albert Ballan.

 

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