Itamar Erez

    Grant Recipient
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    Vancouver, Canada

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    Itamar’s music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply.

    It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own. Recipient of the 2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz, and the prestigious 2014 Landau Prize, Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others.

    Itamar has released two CDs with his quartet The Adama Ensemble: “Desert Song” (2006) & “Hommage” (2010). “New Dawn” (2013), is a duet collaboration with Yshai Afterman (percussion), with special guest Antonio Serrano (harmonica).

    His most recent CD “Mi Alegria” was released in June 2019 with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and has already received raving reviews, both nationally and internationally, including a recent nomination for the 2020 Instrumental Artist of the Year Award, from the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

    Itamar performs internationally and gives workshops and masterclasses, teaching his unique approach to music and guitar playing.

    In recent years, Itamar has performed in Canada, USA, Israel, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, India, Tunisia, Japan, Hungary, Colombia & Surinam. Itamar made his Carnegie Hall (NY) debut Apr 2018 performing with the Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble with Ara Dinjkian & Brian Keane as special guests.

    Among the venues and festivals that Itamar played throughout his career were: Barbican Hall (London UK), Sydney Opera (Sydney, Australia), the Jerusalem Jazz Festival (Israel), Oman Opera House, The Megaron (Athens, Greece), Schauspiel Leipzig (Germany), Amsterdam Jewish Music Festival (Holland), the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall (NY), and others.

    Itamar just completed his European tour with 21 gigs in Germany, Holland and Austria. He has shared the stage with internationally renowned guitarists Lulo Reinhardt, Daniel Stelter and Yuliya Lonskaya. His upcoming concerts includes a showcase with his quartet at ‘JazzAhead’ in Bremen, Germany, Apr 2020.

    Itamar is on the world music, jazz and classical guitar faculty at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School Of Music.

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    Sept 15th on all digital stores: Escorregando by Ernesto Nazareth performed and arranged by Itamar Erez, featuring Celso Machado on percussion. Recorded Aug 2020 mixed by Roee Berezowitz, mastered by Don Bartley (Benchmark mastering).

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    Itamar Erez was invited to play in Mind Sanitizing Online Music Festival in India. This festival is trying to raise awareness and funds for artists and elderly people who are most affected in this time, all performances are by donations to help these c…

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    Emotions, Intricate Rhythms, And A Sense Of Community On Mi Alegria Itamar Erez is no stranger to exploring new musical territory. Trained in classical guitar, he’s roamed from Turkish music to Spanish Flamenco, from jazz to Afro-Brazilian sounds. But…