KOBY ISRAELITE - Blues from Elsewhere

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Vinyl - Release Date: 15/March/2013  - Format LP Whit Download Code For Digital Files - Kleezmer/Avant-Garde Jazz - Israel

1. Johnny Has No Cash No More 1:48

2. Why Don't You Take my Brain and Sell It to the Night? (feat. Annique) 2:16

3. Blues From Elsewhere (suite part 1) 3:50

4. Accordion Is the New Guitar (suite part 2) 2:42

5. The Dreams Thief (suite part 3) 3:35

6 .Crayfish Hora (suite part 4) 3:02

7. Subterranean Homesick Blues (feat. Annique) 3:07

8. Rural Ghost 2:18


9. East of Nashville 3:08

10. Bulgarian Boogie 4:10

11. My Way the Right Way 4:08

12. Lemi Evke (feat. Mor Karbasi) 4:51

13. Peckham Rai 3:20

14 Just Cliches 2:39

Bonus Digital Download

Two Colonels 4:16

Kashmir 5:22

With four releases on legendary John Zorn's alt-Jewish label Tzadik, the words that trip easily off the tongue about Koby Israelite are 'maverick', 'genius', 'prolific', 'avant-garde', 'impossible to categorise'. And yet this Israeli-born South Londoner - whose musical journey took him from classical piano to Jazz then speed metal drumming, and, on being reluctantly dragged to concerts by Romanian Gypsies Taraf de Haidouks, to a Road-to-Damascus experience of the accordion as an instrument of desire - is at heart a man after a good tune. And it doesn't matter whether that tune is inspired by Black Sabbath, Beethoven, Bluegrass or Bucharest Gypsies.More often than not the tune will be hauntingly beautiful, expressed on plaintive Armenian duduk and wistful accordion, or sorrow-tinged, connecting Koby's love of Balkan music and the Blues. Essentially simple melodies are subtly complex, using Balkan rhythms and ornamentation, multi-layering and prodigious musicianship, but he never mistakes technique as a substitute for emotion, a musical truth learned from idols like Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Frequent moments of playfulness are more Sad Clown and self-depreciating Larry David than music hall, speaking to the close-to-absurd human condition, yet with a smile.The inclusion of vocals by the mellifluous Mor Karbasi, and edgy Annique points to this search for a good tune. The instrumentals are often just as much 'songs' as the vocal tracks, of song length with a clear lead and structure.The sabra is the prickly pear emblem that native-born Israelis use to describe themselves - notoriously prickly on the outside but tastily sweet inside. Koby's music is like this. Enter past the angular collision of styles and influences - it's not an album that tries to please all of the people all of the time - and you find yourself in a world that coheres around a unique musical vision that is daringly powerful, and strangely sweet.


Koby Israelite is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys smashing genres together and grinding them into the dust! Citing artists such as Taraf de Haidouks, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin and Mr Bungle, and genres including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Classical and Jazz as major influences, defining Koby's music is challenging.The fact of the matter is that Israelite has absorbed such an astounding array of styles, fusing them together into a language all of his own, that his sound is genre-proof.Growing up in the Middle East to a Jewish Balkan family, Koby Israelite learnt classical piano aged six, and at fifteen, began playing the drums in Rock and Metal bands. At the age of twenty-two he moved to London where he started to compose, record and produce music. His musical style then radically changed after a chance encounter with Romanian Gypsy stars Taraf de Haidouks. Israelite heard the band live and subsequently decided to return to his Romanian roots with the help of Marius Manole (Taraf's legendary accordionist). The two shared Koby's house for two weeks, and Manole helped him master this instrument whilst divulging the secrets of the Gypsy enigma.Koby became a successful accordionist within the UK ethnic scene. His career turned a corner after the renowned composer, producer and label owner John Zorn commissioned Koby to write music for the cult 'Radical Jewish' series. He went on to release four albums for Tzadik and finally produced one of John Zorn`s own albums, a work in which he played almost every instrument. The online music magazine All Music stated that Israelite displayed a tremendous flair for composition, instrumental acumen, humour, and an ability to shift genres without batting an eye... the results are stellar... the most exhilarating set of recordings Tzadik has offered.Koby's music has been used in numerous TV programs and movies including Madonna's debut directorial feature film Filth and Wisdom. His compositions have also been covered by other leading names, such as Fanfare Ciocarlia and Shantel, to name but a few.The Koby Israelite Band is an outstanding five-piece ensemble that has earned him both a snowballing international fan base and a prestigious headline slot at Sines Festival of World Music. In a similar vein, the band also performed at London's famous Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.


Koby Israelite - Accordion, Drums, Percussion, Guitars, Electric Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Clarinet, Soprano & Sopranino sax, Piano, Keyboards, Flute, Vocals

Special guests:
Yaron Stavi - Electric and Acoustic Bass except title 7, 10, 16
Annique - Vocals on title 2 & 7
Mor Karbasi -Vocals on title 12
Tigran Aleksanyan - Duduk, Clarinet on title 12 & 16
Ofir Gal -Electric Guitar on title 12
John Telfer - Tenor Sax on title 15
Bamba - Vocals on title 15

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