The "Hagiga" sextet was founded in Tel-Aviv 2001, by Alon Farber and Dani Benedikt, both Berklee College of Music alumni. Alon majored in Jazz composition and finished with excellence. In addition Alon is the winner of the Wayne Shorter award and the Israeli Prime Minister award for jazz composers (2016).
Most of the players in the group studied and lived in the US (Boston and New York). They are all virtuoso players and take major part in the Israeli and international jazz scene. "Hagiga" participated in prestigious festivals, ,such as Copenhagen Jazz festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festivals, Tel-Aviv international Jazz festival, International show cases in Jerusalem, Jerusalem international Jazz festival and many more.
"Hagiga" means "celebration" in Hebrew, and accordingly the Hagiga's performance is a feast to the ear. The show is based on spontaneous interaction between the players and produces a mesmerizing and profound experience for the listeners.
Throughout the years, they collaborated in recordings and shows with such artists as Omri Mor, Avishai Cohen (trp), Anat Cohen, Eli Degibri, Omer Klein, Ofer Ganor, Amit Friedman, Amos Hoffman, Gadi Lehavi and more.
Hagiga’s discography includes three CDs. "Exposure" (2005) and "Optimistic View" (2009) were released for the Spanish label "Fresh Sound” and received enthusiastic reviews from websites like Jazzreview.com, Allaboutjazz.com and Jazztimes.com. In 2016 “Hagiga” released Its 3rd CD “New Directions”, featuring the Brazilian percussionist Joca Perpignan.
“No other way to put it: the Hagiga Sextet is a fantastic find... Hagiga has developed a tasteful interplay while melding disparate musical traditions from around the world.”
All About Jazz
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