The saxophone and guitar duo with Daniel Zamir and Nitzan Bar creates a bridge between different worlds and a unique sense of connection. Born in Petah Tikva, Israel, Daniel Zamir (36) began his career as a promising jazz saxophonist in New York City. His debut album was released by the Tzadik Record records label owned by Jewish saxophonist and composer John Zorn. While further exploring the world of jazz, Zamir experienced a significant spiritual growth strengthening his Jewish identity and adopted the Hasidic Chabad way of life nearly two decades ago. His original work, reflecting a wealth of sources of inspiration and faith, forms a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. To this date, he has already released twelve albums, and currently works on two new releases, an international jazz album and an Israeli album, alongside his work in the film industry as a composer, scriptwriter and actor. While accompanying Matisyahu on performance in Europe and the United States, Zamir also collaborates with many leading musicians such as Omer Avital, Omri Mor, Eli Degibri, Avi Lebovich, Berry Sakharof, Yoni Rechter, Shlomo Bar and HaBbrera HaTiveet, Shuli Rand, Rami Kleinstein, Meir Banai, Shlomo Gronich, Shlomi Shaban, Erez Lev Ari, Ariel Zilber, Kobi Oz and Shem Tov Levi.
Nitzan Bar (20) was born to an artistic and musical family: his father, the manager of the acclaimed Jerusalem music venue, Yellow Submarine; his mother, actress Sharon HaCohen-Bar; and his older brother, Tomer, a pianist and singer. At the age of three, he started playing the drums and was soon drawn to the guitar, expressing particular interest in rock and blues. In his teens, he developed a taste for jazz leading him to the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts and the local jazz scene. At the age of 16, he participated in the Montreux international guitar competition and nowadays he launches a debut album of his original works.
As it seems, Bar grew up listening to Daniel’s music. Their initial encounter occurred when Daniel was looking for an understudy to replace one of his regular accompanists in a concert. Bar has a precise and clear sense of timing, similar to that of Daniel, and their immediate connection was strong, almost telepathic. Together they discovered an ability to wander, soaring through space and time while rising above the beat and breaking through the boundaries of the bar before landing back together on the one. Their improvisation approach is also similar, both striving for precision incorporating much technique, savvy, and listening skills. The profound and inspiring reciprocal relationship they have discovered led to the creation of an extraordinary and exciting duet performance. They focus on Zamir’s compositions whose original style, which can be called Jewish jazz, combines Jewish melodies, Arab elements and the wisdom of ancient and modern jazz.
Music expert, Yoav Kutner, describes Zamir as a musician that bridge over all differences in Israeli society. Kutner is quoted in Israel Today saying that, “as a jazz musician and as an Orthodox Jew, and certainly when joining both together, Zamir is a world pioneer, connecting jazz to popular music and the practicing orthodox Jew to the center of Israeli culture and therefore creates a rare and extremely important bridge and connection in Israeli society.” The marvelous connection at the heart of this intimate one on one performance expands and enhances Zamir’s creation of a connection between different worlds. Defying all mathematical laws, here one and one are much more than two.
Daniel Zamir Saxophone
Nitzan Bar Guitar
Duration of the show: 60 min.
Photo by: Marco Yona