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Avital Meets Avital

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, and Deutsche Grammophon artist, who is most accustomed to playing classical works such as those of Vivaldi (in 2015, I interviewed Mr. Avital about his Vivaldi in Venice CD, which can still be heard on the Music Blog page).  With this latest release, Mr. Avital branches out, but also looks inward, to his Moroccan roots (where his parents had emigrated from in the 1960s), and beyond classical into jazz.  Well, a kind of jazz, because as Avital explains in our conversation, he and his fellow musicians found it difficult to choose just one genre name for these original compositions.  It’s more that they are an amalgamation of styles from different cultures, the result of their individual and collective experiences, and beautiful collaboration.  Something the world certainly needs right now.

Avital Meets Avital
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