Monday, June 09, 2003

Tonite at the Israel Festival, Daniel Zamir played an outstanding concert with his NYC group Satlah and a 5-piece saxophone section. Zamir, a fresh-faced 24 yr. old, has swapped the Bat-Ayin look that he had on his latest CD for Habad hasidic garb.

John Zorn cancelled his appearance at the last minute, and his composition Cobra was perfomed last night without him. It's not obvious to me that it would have made much difference had Zorn himself done the prompting. His replacement was a skinny guy in black jeans and black tshirt who jumped around very energetically. The music didn't do much for me, but the crowd (who looked like they all came from Tel Aviv) were mostly appreciative.

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