The Itai Armon Ensemble brings together ancient musical instruments from around the Middle East—tar, kamanja, oud, qanoun, and nai, and modern Western instruments: electric guitar and bass. Armon presents original music inspired by maqam, moving from old to new, roaming between cultures, from central Asia via the Middle East to Africa, creating a new and innovative experience.
Armon is a musician with a classical background whose study of Judaism and kabbalah led him to an encounter with the magic of ancient music from the East. In this performance the ensemble inaugurates their new album, Yaara, named after Armon’s eldest daughter. The album is an attempt to express in sound the most hidden parts of the soul that cannot be expressed in words. In the performance the artist hosts vocalist and kamanja player Yagel Harush.
Itai Armon, tar, melodies; Amit Sharon, percussion, vocals; Ronny Ganor, kamanja, yeli tanbur; Gal Haber, oud, qanoun; Yoad Shoshani, bass, classical guitar
Guest: Yagel Harush, kamanja, vocals
Itai Armon Ensemble. photo: luisa burcatt Salomon