Mon 4 Jun 2012

Mon June 4 at the Melbourne Recital Centre
Festival Exclusive - Double Bill

This special double bill brings together two rapidly-rising stars from opposite sides of the globe, each charting new directions in jazz.
With her vast repertoire of styles, lightning-fast technique and the irrepressible joy she brings to each performance, pianist and composer Hiromi is a must-see. Always challenging herself to adventurous conceptual ideas and musical explorations, she has distilled the legacy of jazz piano, from stride to free, into her style, and pushed the frontiers of the form.

Israeli-born tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader Eli Degibri matches Hiromi with his high-energy, superbly crafted live performances. After full scholarships to Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, Degibri launched an impressive professional career as a member of the Herbie Hancock Sextet and Al Foster Quartet, all the while shaping his own compositional voice – which has an appeal far beyond the traditional jazz audience – on the New York jazz club scene. Degibri makes his Australian debut with a quartet of musicians from the vanguard of the burgeoning Israeli jazz scene, including Melbourne-born Simon Starr and the 16-year old prodigy Gadi Lehavi, who has been playing with Degibri for the past year. Degibri.jpg