Two Men, One Name – Check Out Avital Meets Avital at the Peace Center Next Thursday
Avi Avital was the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy Award. Omer Avital has been named “one of the most exciting musicians to come onto the jazz scene in the last 20 years” (DownBeat). Together, their music uncovers their shared past in a creative blend of Moroccan beats, Israeli harmonies, classical sensibility, and jazz improvisation. The result is a “foot-stomping, hip-swaying jazz and Middle Eastern fusion” (Gramophone) that tells a story of self-discovery and is as intimately personal as it is universal. See it for yourself at Avital Meets Avital, a live performance held next Thursday night!
Some critics have called New York-based Omer the Israeli Charles Mingus, while others have credited Avi with doing for the mandolin what Andrés Segovia did for the guitar. Omer has worked with the jazz pianist Yonathan Avishai before, Avi with hand percussionist Itamar Doari. As a quartet, they conjure up the intoxicating colours and textures of a street market in full swing. It’s also a meeting of two musical backgrounds: the classically-trained Avi “meets” the jazz-trained Omer; tradition meets modernism; East meets West.
Omer composed most of the numbers, with Avi’s improvisatory Prelude and Avi’s Song (featuring Uri Sharlin on accordion) and Moshe Vilenski’s stirring The Source and the Sea the exceptions. From the moody jazz of the opening Zamzama and the frenzied rhythms of Maroc to the soulful intensity of Lonely Girl and Ballad for Eli, the sense of delight in making music together is palpable.
Be blown away by Avital Meets Avital when both men perform at the Peace Center in Greenville! This event is part of the Peace Chamber Concert Series. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased online at www.peacecenter.org.
Community interaction is an important part of life, which is why South Ridge Apartments in Greenville, South Carolina is urging you to join in the all of the excitement at this event! Don’t be shy—plenty of fun awaits in the greater neighborhood beyond our beautiful apartment community.
Thursday, April 11, 2019—7:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
The Peace Center
300 South Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601