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Review by Adam Baruch – Jazzis magazine ​

COMMON BOND ~ ANCIENT SONG OF NATUREPRIVATE EDITION ~ ISRAEL ~ Jazz-Rock-World FusionRecorded: 2013 Released: 2013 This is the second album by the Israeli Jazz-World Fusion ensemble Common Bond, formed and led by guitarist / composer Kobi Shefi. The current lineup of the band includes also the female vocalist Naama Levy, keyboardist Ilan Pustopetski, oboe player Yoram Lachish who plays also many other instruments, bassist Nimrod Lachish, drummer Roni Zadik and percussionist Chen Meir. Among themselves the band members play a plethora of instruments, many of which are original ethnic instruments from many parts of the world. The album includes twelve original compositions, eight of which were composed by Shefi, two by Zadik, one by Nimrod Lachish and one is the group´s arrangement of a Beatles song. The music is excellent from start to finish, with a diverse spectrum of genres and influences, mixing ethnic motifs from Africa and the Middle East with Jazzy improvisations, Pop melodies and percussive pulsations and Funky rhythms. The entire amalgam of so many colorful elements makes a perfect musical sense and creates a truly enjoyable musical experience. All the musicians have plenty of opportunities to play solo spots, although the relaxed atmosphere and spiritual approach seem to be the driving force here rather than competing for attention.Common Bond is, in many respects, the epitome of contemporary Israeli music, doing what Israeli do best, mixing the countless sources of tradition, inspiration and influence form the entire world. Cross genre, cross style and cross culture, this music is simply music, which can touch any listener anywhere on this planet. The performances are all excellent, both the sensitive vocals and the energetic instrumental passages, which flow easily and elegantly in spite of their sophistication and intelligent craftsmanship. The ensemble exists since the late 1990s and certainly deserves a much wider recognition than it managed to achieve so far, so this new album will hopefully bring their music to a much wider audience. At least I hope so, at they truly deserve it!

Common Bond is an ensemble of five instrumentalists and a vocalist featuring original new style music- a combination of ethnic- rock - blues- world Music, written and arranged especially for this ensemble by its founder, Kobi Shefi. The members of the ensemble come from a wide range of musical backgrounds: from Classical music through Rock & Jazz to Ethnic music. Each player contributes his own style and experience. Common Bond feutures a rich, warm and unique sound. Common Bond’s “Ethnic-World-Jazz Music” is inspired by motives from the Balkan, the Middle-East and Afro-Latin areas, while using special musical instruments. Common Bond’s show is hot, energetic and versatile. It can be described as a journey through an intricate web of musical styles, uniting on stage to form a warm and homogenous picture of a pure love for music.​

Kobi Shefi -

guitar, composition and arrangement Born in 1960 in Israel. He studied guitar with Gil Dor, and finished music studies at the "Remon Jazz and Contemporary Music" school. Since he finished his studies, Kobi has been fully engaged in music - he founded and played in several bands such as "Nofat", "Parfar", "Trialog", "Sixties in Talk" and "Neshum HaTafoz". Kobi appeared at the leading festivals in Israel such as the Red Sea Festival, the Film and Videotape Jazz Festival at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv, the Israel Festival, the Klezmer Festival in Safed and the Haifa Festival and played in the Tel Aviv Museum's jazz series with Paul Bley. Abroad he performed with Common Bond - at the "Kaunos" festival in Lithuania, at the "Jazzkar" festival in Estonia, and at the "Roska Swing" festival in Lapland. Kobi recorded three records as a player and composer, together with Harold Rubin, Leszek Zadlo and Igal Foni. He wrote music for plays and even performed at the suitcase festival in Bulgaria.In 1998 he initiated and founded Common Bond. Since then he has been leading the group as a writer, arranger and player. Kobi directs a music major at a high school and writes music for various TV channels.

Naama Levy –

singer and teacher of voice development Born in 1986 in Israel. In high school, she majored in music at Yagur, took the classical recital matriculation exam and received a score of 100. In her youth, she studied voice development with Mary Claire Ceylon, Ricky Gal, Galit Kahana, Tsedi Sarfati and in recent years has been studying with Rachel Hochman. She did her military service as a singer in the Air Force Band, after her release from the IDF she studied drumming and collaborated with the singer Harel Skat for about 3 years and Shiri Maimon for about 2 years, she was one of the founders of the group "Rock-Dim" and was one of the founders of the vocal ensemble "voca people" with whom she performed throughout The World for about 3 years, appears regularly at events at the President's House and volunteers at fundraising events in Israel and around the world for various organizations such as "Yad Labanim" and others. Naama teaches voice development among her better known students Esther Reda and Marina Maximilian Blumin.

Roni Zadik -

drums and percussion Born in 1961 in Israel. He served in the army in the air force orchestra, and after his release he went to study in the United States where he won a scholarship to study music at Berklee College of Music. Roni stayed in the United States for 5 years, where he played and recorded in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami with artists such as the Mendos brothers, Abraham Loviel, Brandon Fields, Kit Jones, Scio Bunz, Lilo Fedida and more. In 1992 he returned to Israel and played with Shalom Hanoch, Ricky Gal, Nurit Galron, Miki Gabrielov, Mati Caspi, and also played for two years on tour abroad with Ofra Haza and later with Mayra Asher at festivals in Europe. Roni played and plays at various festivals including the Monterey Festival in Switzerland, the Trans Brain Festival, the Red Sea Festival in Eilat and more, as well as playing in various plays and productions. In 2000 he founded a school for drumming and chapter studies in Kfar Saba.

Ilan Postofetsky -

keyboards and computer Born in Israel in 1981. He started learning to play the piano since he was 6 years old, when he started learning classical music. From the age of 15 he also specialized in Gaz. He studied with leading teachers such as Shlomo Lederman, Leonid Petchka, Laszlo Gardoni and Danilo Perez.In the army he served in the air force orchestra as a player, arranger and musical director. At the end of the army, Ilan used the scholarships he won - a scholarship to study at the Berklee School of Music, Boston, United States and a scholarship from the Sharet Foundation.Ilan wrote and produced music for Israeli television programs, for commercials, and also produced various musical programs for the culture department of the Air Force. Played with Common Bond at festivalsand in three festivals abroad, the Kaunos Festival in Lithuania, the Jazkar Festival in Estonia and the Ruska Swing Festival in Lapland. He stayed in Boston for a year where he expanded his studies in the field of music for films, and there he also played and recorded with local musicians such as Natalia Harris, Amir Rubenstein and Yoni Amber. He recently returned to Israel and immediately integrated into the local industry. He serves as a player, writer, arranger and producer for Dean Dean Aviv, Liat Ofer, Momi Levy, Jordana ArziDehri and more.

Nimrod Lachish -

bass guitar Born in Israel in 1977. Studied bass guitar with Kobi Shafi, Yorai Oron, Lincoln Gionz, Gregory Jones, and Steve Marks. Nimrod played and plays in rock, jazz and fusion ensembles such as Menis', Nesham Hatafaz, Juvenil, the Symptom and also played and recorded with David Yosef in New York. Played with Common Bond at various festivals in Israel and abroad at the Kaunos Festival in Lithuania, the Jazzcar Festival in Estonia, and the Ruska Swing Festival in Lapland. Plays with the Gaia band in Israel and abroad.

Jonathan Zvi Dror -

flute, tenor saxophone, dudok and didgeridoo Jonathan was born in Israel in 1971. He studied flute with Benjamin Schwarzwald and Ra'an Elon, graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, twice won a scholarship from the Sharet Foundation. He studied saxophone with Steve Hornstein and Stu Cohen, and didok and Arabic music at the Center for Music and Dance from the East in Jerusalem. Jonathan specialized in playing in several stylesFrom classical music through jazz, funk and hip hop. Yonatan played in a number of ensembles as part of "Remon - a school for jazz and contemporary music", he played at the leading festivals in Israel - the Red Sea Jazz Festival, the Klezmer Festival in Safed, the Film and Videotape Jazz Festival at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, and the Israel Festival. Abroad he has played at leading festivals in the United States and together with Common Bond at the Kaunas Festival in Lithuania, the Jazzkar Festival in Estonia and the Roska Swing Festival in Lapland.

Yoram Lachish –

oboe, English horn, shofar Born in Israel, Yoram began learning to play the oboe at the age of 13, a student of Oded Pintos and Eliyahu Turner. He played in the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, served as an "outstanding musician" in the Education Corps, played in the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, with which he also performed as a soloist. Member of the 'Nova Music' group. Performed worldwide at the 'Mitte Europa' festival in Germany, the 'Verbier' festival in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, China and Hong Kong.In recent years, Yoram began to use the oboe in musical styles that are not typical for the instrument such as jazz, rock and modern improvised music. Yoram is one of the founders of the band 'Common Bond' which performs a stylistic combination of jazz-rock and ethnic music. Yoram is a member of the Tel-Aviv Art Ensemble, an instrumental ensemble that performs improvised avant-garde music. In 2004 Yoram was chosen to represent Israel as part of the European Jazz Orchestra with which he performed throughout Europe and in Brazil.

Chen Meir –

percussionist and teacher Born in 1980 in Israel. He studied with Roni Tsadik, David Rich, then continued his studies in Africa with Sabola Bangura, Sammy Keita and in Cuba with Freddy Martinez and Barbo Valdez. Played and collaborated in Israel with Yehoram Gaon, Miri Mesika, Shlomi Shabat, collaborated with groups abroad Kabko, Volkata, Herman Olivera, Manu Gallo, Willy Torres, Panky Vazquez, Maria de Broz and more.... Chen teaches percussion and drums At the municipal conservatory in Herzliya.

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