“Your album made my life more beautiful,” commented a listener about Uri Bracha’s recent album, Dance of Life. Indeed, the Israeli guitarist and composer depicts life through his creation of a dance between styles and cultures, a unique splendid dance that brings together Jazz and World music, Classical Western and the Middle Eastern music, as well as Brazilian and Flamenco. Bracha plays the classical guitar, electric guitar and piano. He began playing the piano at the age of seven, but when his family prepared for a relocation to France, his parents decided to sell the piano despite his fierce objection. The guitar which can be easily carried everywhere, seemed the practical choice, more fitting to a life of wandering. Bracha began exploring the guitar upon his return to Israel, drawing inspiration from his uncles who knew how to play. “The guitar seemed like a million secrets in a box,” he recalls, “and it accommodated my curiosity at the age of nine.” He quickly discovered his ability to play everything he heard, and while practicing popular Israeli tunes he listened to classical Western music and jazz, studying virtuoso guitarists such as George Benson, Joe Pass and Pat Metheny. Paco de Lucia’s flamenco style was one of his favorites, and especially his remarkable collaboration with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, a cross-cultural multifaceted visionary musical project preceding its times.
Uri Bracha is a graduate of classical guitar, music theory and composition studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, and holds a master’s degree in composition from Bar-Ilan University. Bracha has released four albums to date, introducing original compositions for jazz and string ensembles. He also creates symphonic arrangements for Brazilian music as well as various compositions including pieces for a string trio and for a violin and vocals, and a guitar concerto. Music critic Yossi Hersonski in his review of Bracha’s recent album, Dance of Life, describes, “a world of sounds by a versatile guitarist and musician who owns the ability to incorporate his refined jazz and classical improvisation skills into exclusive compositions embracing the diverse spectrum of world music.” He also notes, “Uri Bracha’s music is a breath of fresh air with his distinct melodic expression, crisp improvisation, and instrumental diversity.”
Bracha dances the dance of his life in a musical choreography that traces a pathway through sounds.
“I’m intrigued by the challenge to create more and more music in a way that has not yet been explored,” says Bracha, “and I believe the potential is endless. I find great satisfaction in composing music as a means to learn more about yourself and reveal other yet unknown aspects of life. We live in an era that presents us with plenty of genres, and I am find it interesting to link between different types of music to create something new and exciting that also serves to enhance my genuine self-expression.”
Uri Bracha Classical Guitar, Electric guitar
Menachem Walt Double Bass
Milton Michaeli Piano, Keyboards
Gonen Rosenberg Cajón, Drums
Eyal Sela Flute
Duration of the show: 60 min.
Photo: Avri Ninio