Albare; Jazz Guitarist & Composer

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This is a one of a kind jazz concert not to be missed. Get your tickets early as it will sell out!

Byron Community Centre, Sunday 5th August

Jazz guitarist & composer ALBARE – aka Albert Dadon – is well known in Australia’s jazz scene as a former artistic director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival and chairman of the Australian Jazz Awards. But he is first and foremost a jazz musician of the highest calibre.

Originally born in Morocco, Albert Dadon’s (Albare) influences are varied & global in the true meaning of the word. He grew up in Israel and France & thanks to these international origins, is fluent in French, English, Hebrew and Spanish. At the age of 27, he migrated to Australia where he first became known musically, at the forefront of the then burgeoning Acid Jazz scene. He has performed since, internationally with his band, under the name Albare (the phonetic spelling of his given name.)

Always immersed in the arts, from 2003 to 2005 Dadon was Chairman of the Melbourne Jazz Festival. In 2005 he brought to Melbourne the Umbria Jazz Festival. In 2003 Dadon also founded the Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards. In 2008 Dadon received an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the arts, particularly through the Melbourne Jazz Festival as well as philanthropic support for cultural and charitable organisations. www.albare.info

Albare is bringing his latest project to Australia, including performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, with an international collaboration of the kind rarely heard locally. He will then tour Europe, performing at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the continent, promoting his latest album which he recorded with a dazzling line-up of renowned international musicians.

Albare will be joined by:

Hendrik Meurkens from Germany – A virtuoso on the harmonica, Hendrik Meurkens has earnt worldwide acclaim for the transcendent beauty of his music. His own compositions are steadily infusing the Samba Jazz language, influenced by his own unique background, his early interest in classical and traditional European music, and his experience and expertise as a jazz musician.

Ignacio Berroa from Cuba – Drummer to Dizzy Gillespie for the last 13 years of the jazz legends life, whom Gillespie himself described as “the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz”

Phil Turcio – Acclaimed pianist and arguably one of Australia’s most accomplished musicians.

Evri Evripidou – on the six string bass. Also Albare’s musical collaborator, bassist and composer.

Byron Community Centre, Sunday 5th August, Tickets $45 / $39 conc Visit; www.byroncentre.com.au