In honour of the State of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, taking place from June 21 to July 1, is celebrating the occasion in style. In association with the Embassy of Israel in Ottawa, the festival is presenting Focus Israel, a series of four concerts showcasing the finest Israeli artists with major international reputations.
“The Festival is always in the forefront of curating the world’s best and most vibrant musicians to raise international awareness and collaboration,” says the Festival’s executive producer, Catherine O’Grady.
Israel’s Rotem Sivan is making waves in the New York City jazz world – “a remarkable talent and a welcome new voice on the scene,” says Downbeat Magazine. He performs and gives workshops all over the world and his work, “brings a fresh flair and a remarkable sophistication to jazz, which transcends audiences,” says Jazz Times Magazine. Sivan tours with his trio most of the year, playing in world-renowned festivals and clubs. He performs Thursday, June 21, 8 pm, at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage.
Israel’s blazing hot Jerusalem-based 16-member brass band Marsh Dondurma will take the Tartan Homes Stage by storm in the OLG After Dark Series on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 pm. What began as a local party known only to Jerusalem’s live music scene soon became a well-known Israeli act. They perform regularly all over the country, have collaborated in concerts and recordings with top Israeli artists, and have performed at several international festivals.
Arriving from Jerusalem with their original sound for their second Ottawa Jazz Festival appearance, Greilsammer’s music creates unique fusions of emotion with groove, reggae with Irish violin, folk with rock, and classical with world music. Singing in Hebrew, French and English, musical couple Michael and Shimrit Greilsammer’s live performances, accompanied by a full band, are highly energetic and promise to keep the audience on its feet! They were a hit at the 2014 Festival. They perform Sunday, June 24, 10:30 pm, on the Tartan Homes Stage, Lisgar Field.
The fourth concert in the series will be announced soon.