While studying at Berklee, Israeli saxophonist Lihi Haruvi discovered music as a life changing force. A member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, she traveled around the world, performing alongside and collaborating with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and mainly with Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro. This was when she realized that music offers much more than entertainment stating, “my thoughts of music expanded to a different dimension.”
She began playing 20 years ago, when she was nine, at the music studio in Kibbutz Givat Brenner. Her sister played the clarinet, and as she was told that the saxophone is the clarinet’s sibling, her choice made sense. She studied at the Thelma Yellin high school of the Arts and, as a teenager attended the Berklee summer program, where she was offered a full scholarship to continue her studies. A week after completing her mandatory IDF service with the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra, she boarded a flight to Boston. Achieving a bachelor’s degree from the Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, she now lives in Boston, a professor at the Berklee Harmony Department.
Haruvi contributed to eleven albums as an accompanist, and the release of her debut album as a bandleader is expected in 2018. She shared a stage with George Garzone, Ken Schaphorst, and Max Weinberg member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Bruce Springsteen’s drummer, as well as with Israeli artists David Broza, Tal Ramon and Arkadi Duchin. With her quintet that includes the electric mandolin, an unusual jazz instrument, she performs her original compositions and arrangements. Her performance at the 2018 winter Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat marks the official release of her debut album. Featuring melodic and lyrical compositions as well as songs with lyrics, a synergy of rhythms, harmonies and textures is revealed through the interaction between musicians and their instruments portraying a strong link to the tradition of jazz, swing and bebop, a sense of spirituality, and folklore and modern influences. “When I think of the ensemble, I sometimes think about the landscape of Israel,” she says. “There are the mountains, the desert, the seashore, and the forests of the north. There are many colors produced by each instrument creating a unison, a whole and composite expression.”
Whether composing a piece for twenty musicians and a saxophone, or continuing her social and educational contribution to the community through music, Haruvi’s empowerment and search engine relies on her passion for music and compassion. “Music has the ability to change lives, to lead you in positive directions, to offer you tools to cope with life and new opportunities,” she says. “When there is music, there is listening, there is acceptance, there is dialogue, there is hope, there is rejuvenation. Indeed, I believe that music makes the world a better place.”
Lihi Haruvi Saxophones
Jacob Means Mandolin
Ronen Shmueli Piano
Ehud Ettun Bass
Noam Israeli Drums
- All festival venues offer seating chart booking by seat and row numbers.
- Wheelchair-accessible seating available for booking at the call center.
- Resident Discount for the Eilat municipality and the Central Arava regional council available only upon presentation of a valid resident ID at the ticket pick-up box-office and at admittance to the venue.
- The festival box-office in Eilat is located at the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel during the festival.
- The 2018 winter RSJF venues are the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel and Canaan Hall at the Queen of Sheba Hotel, located on Antibes Street, Eilat.
- In accordance with hotel security policy, no weapons are allowed in the festival venues.
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- Entrance to the venue will be approximately 15 minutes prior to scheduled performance time.
- Once the show has started, late arrivals will be required to wait for a suitable time during performance to be admitted into the venue.
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