Ori Dakari's "Soild Ground" new CD for Alessa records (2014) released!
Since his debut CD (Tzadik records, 2009), Ori has been on a constant quest for new sounds on his instrument and for farther boundaries and added colors and textures to explore for his developing music.
His second release, along side his New York based quartet, captures those attempts. The album comprised of 7 original compositions by Dakari, featuring Ori's long time musical partner, New York based, Uri Gurvich on Alto Sax. French-German-New York based, Pascal Niggenkemper on Bass and New York based, Ronen Itzik on drums.
The music fuses the seemingly disparate worlds of modern jazz and the folk music of Israel (which contains its many folk musical origins such as Yemenite music, East European music and North and East African music) into one global, complete and adventures musical experience.
"Dakari's gift for melody"
"his thought process is so transparent you can see the melodic development almost before it happens."
"What an impressive debut!"
Ori Dakari has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in the scene today since his arrival to the US in 2004. In Only a few years this native Israeli had played in numerous festivals and venues around the world with his group, including venues in New York, Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto, Canada), Savassi Jazz Festival (Brazil), Belgrade Jazz festival and Nisville Jazz festival (Serbia), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Rigas Ritmi Jazz Festival (Latvia), St. Petersburg Jazz festival and many more.
"Entrances", his debut CD as a leader, was released in 2009 on John Zorn's New York based label, "Tzadik Records", and received raving reviews. The album is comprised of 8 original compositions by Dakari, featuring improvisations by his world-class ensemble: Uri Gurvich on Alto Sax, Mika Nishimura on Piano, Takashi Sugawa on Bass and Eric Doob on drums, all gifted young musicians he encountered in the US over the past few years.
Dakari's awards include the Guitar department award at Berklee College of Music, Eubie Blake Scholarship and The America Israel Cultural Foundation award. His live performances and his recorded music were broadcasted by Israel's 88FM, Israel's Voice of Music and GLZ Radio and many radio broadcasts around the world
Ori grew up In Kfar- Saba, Israel, where he started to play the guitar at the age of 12. At the age of 18 he was acknowledged by the Israeli Ministry of culture and the Israeli army an “Outstanding Musician". He served his army duty as a guitar player. In 2004, Ori received a special scholarship and merit award from the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to the US and began study with Jazz masters like Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Mark Whitefield and others. In 2007 he moved to New York City. Ori's Music can be described as deeply rooted in Israeli, East European, Yemenite and North- African music. His compositions and improvisations combine his deep love for the jazz tradition, the free spirit music and his strong connection with the sounds of his homeland. All this creates a unique sound and a distinguished musical style.