The Red Sea Jazz Festival invites you to take part in the discovery of next generation musicians and witness history in the making as three finalists dazzle the esteemed judges and audience in the final round performance of the first Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition this year in Eilat.
Numerous saxophonists aged 16-30 from around the globe applied to participate in this one of a kind competition. Inspired by the legacy of legendary saxophone player, Michael Brecker, this competition is a joint initiative created by many including the Red Sea Jazz Festival artistic director, Eli Degibri, and chairman of the Friends Association, Yuri Guy-Ron, in collaboration with the Brecker family including Michael’s widow, Susan, and his long-time manager, Darryl Pitt.
Eight selected aspiring talented musicians will arrive in Eilat to participate in the semi-final round on the morning of the second day of the festival. Only three will continue to the final round performance to be held on the main stage as part of the festival program. The three finalists will appear in front of a live audience and a panel of judges to compete for 2,500-12,500$ in prize money and international acclaim while carrying on the flame of Michael Brecker’s legacy. The panel of judges of this inaugural competition includes acclaimed musicians Ron Carter, Kenny Garrett, Donny McCaslin and Eli Degibri.
In 2007, at the age of 57, the great musician Michael Brecker passed away from cancer. His legacy as a composer, tenor saxophonist and 15-time Grammy winner is awe-inspiring. Regarded as the natural successor of saxophonist John Coltrane, his virtuoso playing has had a profound influence on generations of musicians.
Michael Brecker had maintained a strong connection with the Red Sea Jazz Festival ever since his performance at the initial festival production over three decades ago. Years later, the festival, led by Danny Gotfrid, the artistic director at the time (and also a co founder of the MBISC non profit organization), has joined a colossal effort organized at the request of Michael’s wife to find him a suitable bone marrow donor. His acquaintances and friends note his dedication to aspiring young saxophonists always allocating time to listen to every recording and answer each letter that were sent to him. In recognition of Michael’s caring generosity and to cultivate musical careers of deserving young artists, the Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition (MBISC) was launched and will be celebrated this summer at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat.
Duration: 60 minutes