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Ayelet Rose Gottlieb Sextet featuring Anat Fort, Loren Stillman, Ed Schuller, Avishai Cohen, Take Toriyama Very creative and so full of surprises"--Luciana Souza, Grammy Vocalist
... combines her intense connection to Israeli roots with a vibrant endeavor to expand vocal jazz"--All About Jazz-NY
Unlike Anyone You've Heard, Vocalist AYELET ROSE GOTTLIEB Creates Color and Texture With Her Compelling Compositions Based on Erotic Biblical Poetry, Song of Songs"
Resulting Song Cycle MAYIM RABIM Released by Tzadik June 27 Features Persian Song Chants, Cello, Clarinet, Piano & Drums AYELET ROSE GOTTLIEB:
* A dazzling free improvisational vocal style at only 27
* A brilliant compositional facility
* A global music palette based on her Swiss/Israeli heritage
* Ability to sing in her native Hebrew, in English and with no words at all
* Featured on Jazz in Jerusalem: The Birth of the Israeli Standard
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is unlike anyone you've heard before. and has a level of musical sophistication, daring and curiosity that enables her to seamlessly meld her many influences including Ornette Coleman, Laurie Anderson, Egyptian chanteuse Oum Koulthm, Eastern European melodies and Middle Eastern scales all in a breathtaking improvisational approach as composer, arranger, bandleader and as vocalist.
MAYIM RABIM (Tzadik, June 27, 2006)
* Similar to composer and pianist's Fred Hersch's recent Leaves of Grass" suite)
* MAYIM RABIM is based on one poet's work: King Solomon's Song of Songs, ancient Hebrew erotica found in the Bible)
* MAYIM RABIM evolved out of her Song of Songs-based composition, Al Mishkavi (As I Lay)," which was featured on her first CD, Internal-External, selected by All About Jazz-NY as the Best Debut of 2004)
* MAYIM RABIM features five vocalists, clarinet, five-string cello, piano and drums. Her choice of fellow musicians is striking:
- Take Toriyama, a drummer who was a member of a successful rock band in Japan and is currently a member of New York-based gypsy band, Slavic Rock Party
- Rufus Cappadocia, a cellist of Italian descent who performs with folk songwriters Bethany Yarrow and Esma)
Anat Fort, a pianist who combines her classical background with her jazz chops and records for ECM)
- Michael Winograd, a clarinetist who comes from the world of Klezmer and Jewish music)
- Michael Cohen, a vocalist who leads a project of traditional Yemenite music set to dance beats)
- Deanna Neil, a classically-trained vocalist who works in theater and cabaret)
- Michael Gottlieb -Ayelet's brother- an Israeli rock singer and producer)
- Galeet Dardashti, a vocalist of Iranian descent who comes from a family of Persian cantors and sings a traditional Persian chant on two tracks.
NEW YORK PRESS Ayelet takes what is at hand in her life and connects it with her musical training, her heritage and her creative instincts. She confesses to doing much of her work on the subway and in the shower, when the mind is relaxed. 90% of what Gottlieb performs are her own compositions. These are inspired by color, texture and texts, including paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and passages from the Bible (as in the case of MAYIM RABIM) The first powerful thing I feel is color. I see color and sound as closely related," says Ayelet.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Currently a New York City resident, Ayelet was born in 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel. Her mom's family traces Sephardic roots in Jerusalem back to 1492. Her father immigrated to Israel from Switzerland. During her childhood and youth, Ayelet played classical flute and studied music at arts high school in Jerusalem. She continued her musical education at Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she won first prize for an arrangement she wrote of an Israeli song. She performed frequently with saxophone legend, Arnie Lawrence, until his death in 2005. Ayelet moved to Boston in 2000 to complete her music education at New England Conservatory. While there, she studied with notable jazz artists Dominique Eade, Ran Blake and George Russell and was chosen to become a member of the conservatory's honors improvisation ensemble for 2000-2001.
Ayelet's Internal-External project evolved into her jazz sextet, which she performs with at New York City clubs including Sweet Rhythm, Cornelia Street Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Night and Day, Makor and others. The band, in all of its incarnations, has been working together since 2002 and is comprised of: Ayelet Rose, voice; Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Loren Stillman, saxophones; Anat Fort, piano; Ed Schuller, bass; and Take Toriyama, drums. They will release their second recording in early 2007.
In 2005 Ayelet began collaborating with Israeli pianist, Alon Yavnai. They enjoyed a successful duo tour in Israel, which led to a second tour of Alon's trio featuring frequent special guest, Paquito D'Rivera, and again featuring Ayelet Rose. Alon and Ayelet recently recorded a song that is featured on a compilation CD, Jazz in Jerusalem - The Birth of The Israeli Standard, which comes out this summer. The recording features prominent Israeli jazz artists, a burgeoning scene both in Israel and in the United States.
Ayelet has appeared at the renowned Israel Festival with the Israeli Philharmonic conducted by Beatles arranger, Sir George Martin, and was featured on WGBH TV's Greater Boston Arts" program in honor of Gunther Schuller's 75th birthday. Ayelet also composes and performs musical scores for theater groups such as the Bull Family Orchestra and StorahTelling.