Saxophonist Alon Farber and drummer Danny Benedict met during their studies at the Berklee College of Music and decided to establish a band based entirely on original music. Marking their 16th anniversary, the Hagiga (i.e.: celebration) Sextet enjoy moving freely between genres, from swing to Moroccan music, and from Indian music to funk. Interaction is a key element of their performance as every band member contributes to the creative process and arrangements are generated through group dynamics. Inspired by jazz artists such as the Jazz Messengers, Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman their compositions are tailor-made for their ensemble of three brass instruments, piano, bass and drums.
Their sound reflects the personality of each musician and the connection between them, and their original works are a springboard for realizing new and exciting ideas, abundant with aromas and flavors, from traditional to modern jazz, Mediterranean influences, Balkan music, Latin music, and classical music. To date, they have released three CDs and collaborated in performances and recordings with artists such as Omri Mor, Eli Degibri, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Ofer Ganor, Eyal Ganor, Omer Klein, Amos Hoffman and Joca Perpignan.
Their performance at the Paris Jazz Festival in 2010 was their international breakthrough and since then the Hagiga Sextet has appeared in many festivals, in Israel and Europe. The authentic and insightful composition of Alon Farber, winner of the 2016 Israel Prime Minister Award for composers, is highly acclaimed. All About Jazz website states, “the Hagiga Sextet is a fantastic find…Hagiga has developed a tasteful interplay while melding disparate musical traditions from around the world.” The Jazz Review website writes, “A new voice emerging in the jazz scene.” In the spirit of the title of their latest CD, New Directions, this celebration sets out on a journey that is attuned, fascinating and full of wonders, exploring new creative sources and innovative musical structures. Always inventive.
The Hagiga Sextet
Alon Farber Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Yehonatan Cohen Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Oded Meir Trombone
Tomer Bar Piano
Assaf Hakimi Double Bass, Electric Bass
Danny Benedict Drums, Percussion
Photographer : Noa Zeni