Uri Gurvich and BabEl
"Gurvich presents a compelling and strikingly original program that is imbued with beautiful, soulful melodies and brimming with ecstatic improvisation" Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich was named Jazz Player of the Year in Israel before relocating to the U.S. to study at Boston's Berklee College of Music under Joe Lovano. His debut album The Storyteller was released on John Zorn's label Tzadik Records and features some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene, including Leonardo Genovese, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela and Chris Cheek.
Washington City Paper says "It's meta-world jazz, and it's breathtaking."
Where Gurvich might write tunes from an Eastern perspective, he and his band pulls the sound towards the Afro- Cuban, South American, and rock-fusion sounds of jazz. His approach, and that of his band, is to speak a modern jazz language without without disguising their diverse cultural "accents".
His music "...transcends borders..." says the LA Times and places Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. His second album BabEl features his long-time touring quartet and guest multiinstrumentalist from Morocoo Brahim Fribgane on Oud and Percussion.
John Zorn calls him "...one of the most exciting players coming out of the new Israeli Jazz scene and his work is progressive, passionate and brilliantly realized."
19+ come prepared to groove
Sunday, March 2 @ 7:00pm
Vancouver Fan Club
1050 Granville st.
Box Office 604.257.5145
Tickets Tonight: 604.684.2787
In person at the JCC
Plus GST and nominal service charge