In 1979, when Yoni Rechter was 27 years old, he was already an established musician with an impressive list of credits: a member of the former popular Israeli band Kaveret; collaborating with leading Israeli artists such as Arik Einstein, Yehudit Ravitz and Gidi Gov; and one of the creators of The 16th Sheep, the landmark Israeli children’s album.
Rechter began his music studies at the age of eight and composed “Tears of Angels” that became a hit song at age 16. When he was 22 years old, he was performing extensively with Kaveret with approximately 28 scheduled performances each month. His successful musical collaborations did not distract him from focusing on his own original creation and in 1979, he released his debut album, Intentionality, which was indeed a declaration of intent marking his future path. While reflecting Rechter’s clear intention through every sound and word, Intentionality expresses a distinct point of view. This album, comprised of ten tracks – seven songs and three instrumental pieces, introduces a wide range of influences, from jazz through classical music to progressive rock. To this date, Rechter has released five solo albums, composing original scores for film, dance and theatre as well as numerous songs that have become an integral part of the soundtrack of life in Israel.
Accompanied by two singers and three musicians, Yoni Rechter’s performance at the winter Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat celebrates four decades since the release of Intentionality with a complete presentation of this pioneering album alongside selected pieces from his creation throughout the years as well as excerpts from his recently released album, Svivenu.
Yoni Rechter Piano, Vocals
Amir Bresler Drums
Yogev Glusman Bass, Vocals
Jonathan Daskal Keyboards
Anat Moshkovski, Aviv Peck Vocals
Duration of the show: 75 minutes.
photo credit: Ilan Besor