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Gilad Atzmon


Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. He was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz).
A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments.
His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003.
He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz”.
Atzmon tours extensively around the world.
His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East. As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor and Paul McCartney. He has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the WaterBoys.


In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).
In 2000 Gilad founded The Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness. The Ensemble includes Chris Higginbottom on drums, Yaron Stavi on bass and Frank Harrison on piano electronics.
Gilad writes on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity and culture. His papers are published on very many press outlets around the world.
Over the years Gilad Atzmon’s music has moved increasingly toward a cultural hybrid.
As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad’s live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming.

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