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COMMON BOND ~ RHYTHM OF LIFE
PRIVATE EDITION ~ ISRAEL ~ Jazz-World Fusion
Recorded: 2006 Released: 2006

By Adam Baruch – publisher and owner of  "Jazzis"

22.10.07

1st album by Israeli ensemble common bond founded and led by guitarist and composer Kobi Shefi. Although founded at the end of nineteen ninety nine, the nine-piece band took a long time to mature and develop. They recorded a demo album a few years back, but this is their formal debut release, and as it turns out it was worth waiting for. In many respects this is one of the finest albums ever recorded in this country and it encapsulates the capabilities of the phenomenal new generation of Israeli musicians. Kobi, who wrote most of the music and the spectacular arrangements on this album, is a seasoned player with solid Jazz background - he was a member of  Harold Rubin Parapr's group, drummer Roni Zadik who is another veteran musician, keeps the music incredibly tight, regardless of the complex rhythmic patterns. All the other players are slightly younger (late 20s / early 30s) with extensive musical education and performing experience. The band creates an incredible big sound, with intricate brass arrangements and jazzy solos, but the music combines (as the band’s name suggests) the best of Jazz, Fusion, Funk and World Music elements into an amalgam of rare beauty and spectacular effect. Think blood sweat & tears, tower of power, Santana with a dash of Middle Eastern and Balkan melancholy, and an excellent singer, Absolutely stunning!

 

Since the album was released, Common Bond performed extensively in many countries with enormous success and they are surely destined to go far.  If you wish to explore the wonderful world of new Israeli music – this is the album to start with.

You are in for a treat of your (musical) life.

Common-bond World music -jazz, blues and rock with cymbalsEthnic combined with the voices and singing of Marina BluminCommon-Bond was founded in 1998 by the band's leader, guitarist, composer and arranger - Kobi Shafi. The ensemble performs original music, which is a fusion between a wide variety of musical styles and cultural influences - jazz, Middle Eastern and African. There are 8 musicians in the band, all of them from the leading musicians in Israel, who come from diverse musical styles - classical music, jazz and rock music and play a wide and extraordinary variety of musical instruments: saxophones, oboe and bagpipes in combination with ethnic instruments such as zorana, doduk, didge Rido and various percussion instruments. Drummer Roni Tsadik, percussionist Yarom Ita, and singer Marina Blumin, 18, recently joined the group.Her special, diverse and accurate voice has already given her countless titles, scholarships and awards. In the press it was written "a wonderful singer". Marina brings to the composition new sounds that add to the fascinating playing of the band members. Festival directors from around the world who visited Israel in 2003 crowned the ensemble as the most outstanding ensemble, among the ensembles they heard in Israel. Since the establishment of Common Bond, they have performed on many stages in Israel and abroad - Prague, Lita, Estonia and Finland, participated in important festivals such as the Israel Festival and Kaunas International Jazz Festival, opening the festival on the main stage. Common Bond were filmed and recorded for television and radio stations around the world.​Kobi Shafi - 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 Vigal Poni. 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.​Marina Maximilian Blumin - singing Born in Ukraine in 1987, immigrated to Israel when she was 3 years old. She started a musical career already when she was 6 years old. Then she performed at the jubilee events for the State of Israel. When she was 10 years old, she participated in the children's operetta "The Storm", and performed at the Abu Ghosh Classical Music Festival. Since 1996, she has been a regular guest on various radio and television programs in Israel, and appears voluntarily in nursing homes and kindergartens. In 2000 she performed at the Tower of David in Jerusalem with the English singer Charlotte Chiritz accompanied by the Ra'anana Orchestra and conducted by Julian Smith from England. The show was broadcast on the night of the millennium throughout Europe and the United States. Since 2002, she has performed at various jazz festivals in Israel such as the Jazz and Blues Festival at the Cinematheque, a jazz series at the Tel Aviv Museum, Pastyjazz at the Givatayim Theater and more. Marina acted and sang in the play "Schemterling" which won first place at the festival for other theater in Acre. The reviews praised and praised her singing and she was awarded the title of a wonderful singer. Today she sings and acts in the musical "The Producers". Marina is a graduate of a conservatory in music studies, a graduate of Urban High School A for Arts majoring in jazz and classical, and studied classical voice development with Dafna Cohen Licht. She won a scholarship from the America Israel Cultural Foundation in the field of jazz singing, the Hanna and David Lewis scholarship of excellence for vocal music studies and won first prize in the Jazz Signs competition for an original arrangement of an Israeli song.Marina, 18 years old, is undoubtedly a gifted singer, with rare vocal qualities, the type of singers that are rarely heard.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 SabaYerom Ita - percussion instrument Born in 1976 in Israel. From a very young age he began drumming lessons, at the conservatory in Arad and later in Rehovot, including with the well-known teacher Assaf Borla.After he was discharged from the army, Yarom fell in love with the percussion instrument and specialized in playing these instruments in West Africa, in Nepal, and in France where he also accompanied his playing and recorded material for African dance.Yarom passed on his knowledge to others - he taught percussion for 6 years in Gedera and the Gezer Regional Council, and now conducts unique workshops for playing the percussion instrument. Yarom played and plays in various ensembles - played with Ohad Hitman, with Chen Cymbalista and also plays in basket ensembles.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.Alon Farber - saxophone, baritone alto and soprano Born in Israel in 1974. Plays saxophone since the age of 11. Studied saxophone with the leading teachers in Israel - Morton Kam, Stu HaKahchen and Steve Hornstein, and with George Garzon, Greg Hopkins and Hal Crook in the United States. Alon is a graduate of the Rehovot Conservatory, and served in the IDF Orchestra. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, majoring in jazz composition. In 1988, he won two awards - the Wayne Shorter Award from the Berklee Composition Major and the Sadao Votanov Award from the brass department at Berklee. Alon won 5 scholarships from the "America Israel Cultural Foundation" in the field of classical saxophone studies. He played and plays in many ensembles including "Your Orchestra Avi Leibovitz", "The Celebration" (in which he is a composer and arranger), "The Jazz Orchestra of Holon" and more. Appeared in many festivals including "Jazz Blues and Videotape", "Israel Festival" with Daniel Zamir, "Eilat Festival" and "Jazz Festival in Shoni Fort". He appeared with "Common Bond" in festivals in Israel and in to, among them at the "Jazzkar" festival in Estonia, and at the Roskoswing festival in Lapland. The debut CD of "Celebration" was released in September 2005 by the Fresh Sound company in Barcelona.Alon has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Tel Aviv University and a master's degree in music therapyYoram Lachish – oboe, English horn, alto bagpipe 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.

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