Konvergencie 2017 – a festival of chamber music
Konvergencie, the international music festival of chamber music is an annual feast in Slovakia. The visitors of the festival can look forward to pieces by classic masters, cross-genre overlaps, as well as film projections spoken word or a concert for children.
Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital is the first player on this instrument to have been nominated for the prestigious Grammy Award. His energetic performances have won fans throughout the world. In addition to classical and contemporary music, he is also involved in projects that cross genres. And one of them is going to be presented in Bratislava to celebrate the upcoming release of his new CD. Avital Meets Avital is a dialogue between a pair of charismatic musicians sharing an equally rich musical heritage, even though they come from different worlds. While Grammy nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is from a classic tradition, award-winning contrabass virtuoso Omer Avital, who also plays the oud, an Arabian lute-type instrument, is himself a recognized jazz artist and composer. The other musicians complementing the group are pianist Omer Klein and percussionist Itameri Doari. The ensemble’s music is marked by a diversity of influences, such as Moroccan and North African music, folklore and classics, Jewish harmonies and central Mediterranean rhythms, coming together to create a space for chamber music to join with the immediate energy and emotions of world music and jazz.
Avital meets Avital takes place at the Babylon Studio in Bratislava on June 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Avi Avital – mandolin
Omer Avital – oud/contrabass
Yonathan Avishai – piano
Itamar Doari – percussion