Growing up in Tel Aviv, Itamar Erez had a central vantage point from where he could observe the common threads between Eastern and Western music. Today, he’s a gifted composer and classical performer who continues to trace these threads with the Adama Ensemble, a collection of some of Vancouver’s most talented and adventurous musicians. They’ve just released a new CD that takes listeners to a world where improvisation and global influence swirl like shifting sands. Desert Song is a little like an audio mirage. The desert provides the canvas and the mind’s eye supplies the image. Almost any influence may swim into focus, from classical and jazz to Flamenco and Middle Eastern. In Hebrew, Adama means ‘Earth’, and this gifted group of artists leaves no stone unturned in their exploration of the world’s music.
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