If you love Jazz, be in Saarwellingen this summer. I may as well admit that for me, this workshop is the best week in the year.Read More
Wednesday, June 21 at 19:30 @ The Albion Beatnik
34 Walton Street, OX2 6AA Oxford, Oxfordshire
Being In Time: A Post-Political Manifesto' is Gilad Atzmon's latest pithy book - its title a nod to Heidegger, the John Coltrane of the philosophy world. It broadens the arguments of his previous 'The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics' (which has sold internationally by the bucket load).
From June 13 to June 17 we will play every night at the A-Trane, Berlin. On Thursday 15th at 6,30 pm I will launch Being in Time at the club (a discussion + Q&A) followed by a concert. If you live in Berlin and want to understand the post-political condition: Tump, sanders, Corbyn, La Pen and dystopia in general, come to meet me on Thursday.. Please let your Berlin friends know about our residency and the book launchRead More
Join us on Monday 5-June
6.30 – 9pm, Maramia Cafe, 48 Golborne Road, London W10 5P
Skyscrapers publications & Fanfare Records
Musicians: Yaron Stavi, Jenny Bliss, Gilad & Tali Atzmon, Sarp Maden, Derin Bayhan and othersRead More
Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Plymouth, London, Oxford, Berlin, Amsterdam and more...
Following a very successful book tour in the USA we are now booking literature events in Britain and a few European cities. The coming tour is organised in collaboration with The UK Column.Read More
Gilad Atzmon will be speaking at the Hungarian Cultural Alliance on May 8th at 7:00 PM
1827 S. Hope Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Gilad will talk about his forthcoming book Being in Time - A Post Political Manifesto.
The Talk will be followed by a Q&A and a musical performance by Fritz Heede and Gilad Atzmon.Read More
The Post Political Condition
Trump, Brexit, the Middle East… What Next?
5 pm an extended panel discussion, then a jazz concert from 9 pm
5pm Sunday, 30 April
Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003
On 30 April human rights lawyer Stanley Cohen, history professor Norton Mezvinsky, whistleblower Michael Lesher and author Gilad Atzmon will gather in Theatre 80, Manhattan to elaborate on the collapse of Identity politics, the crisis within new Left thinking and the future of liberal and progressive thought.Read More
On Thu, March 30 at 7pm I will join forces with David Scott. We will give a talk on Identity & Truth @Kabana Function Hall (64 Seaward Street, G41 1HJ). I will be talking on the Post Political condition, that which connects Trump, Brexit, SNP and Isis. I will delve into the collapse of ID politics and the 'new Left'...Read More
in the coming days Cesky Krumlov, Prague & Kostelec nad Černými Lesy ...
3.2 Satchmo jazz club, Hradec Králové,
4.2. Songfest, Cesky Krumlov
5.2. Teatalks, A Maze In Tchaiovna, Praha
6.2. Club Barák, Kostelec nad Černými Lesy,
7.2. Stop Time club Praha.
Saturday, 14th Jan 2017
Show 9pmRead More
On Sunday 11th December I will be at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. A very special gig, We will be playing Orient House Ensemble music for the first time in the USA.
I will give a post-election talk on Wednesday 14th 7pm on Identity, Diversity And Soil - The Collapse Of The Liberal Utopia.Read More
Workshop from 09–13 August 2016, concerts from 08–14 August 2016
Jazz, improvisation and education combined with a music festival. An intense week of tuition, concerts and jam sessions for all levels, led by some of the world’s best teachers and performers.
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain's most celebrated saxophonists, join forces for a special performance at Hideaway. Expect an evening of humour and superb music by a hand-chosen band of jazz stars!Read More
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain’s most celebrated virtuoso reeds players, join forces to produce an unforgettable jazz night of superb music spiced up with great humour.Read More
Blib-Blob may have summed it up. The blistering bebop-ish theme twisted and leapt through the rhythm changes sequence, tenor (Gilad Atzmon) and alto (Alan Barnes) locked together. The groove though, was a self-consciously heavy handed, funky shuffle injecting a subversive flavour into the passionate blowing, a riotously serious delivery that pervaded the whole evening. This was Atzmon and Barnes with Atzmon’s regular, equal to and up for anything rhythm section of Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass and Chris Higinbottom on drums.Read More
By Tony Benjamin, January 25, 2016
Hen & Chicken, Sunday 24 January
It had been, apparently, a marriage of convenience brought about by jazz festival organisers putting the two saxophonists on the same stage but now they had decided to take it on the road for themselves. It seemed a likely enough explanation for the otherwise unlikely pairing of Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes, two of the country’s top jazz players and band leaders. It was not, as had been advertised, Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble plus (though promoter Ian Storrer doggedly refused to accept this to the last) but what Gilad dubbed The Lowest Common Denominator Band (“this is all that’s left of British jazz” he shrugged, wryly). The rhythm section of Frank Harrison (piano), Yari Stavon (bass) and Chris Higginbotham (drums) would, however, be familiar to fans of that other project and the prospect of the influence this new collaboration would have on their sound was in the air before they started.
Happily it proved delightful, not least for the way in which Alan Barnes took the metaphorical centre stage, both musically and as the main ‘voice’ of the band: a surprise, given Atzmon’s well-earned reputations for grandstanding soloing and polemical humour in equal measure. This may have disappointed some for whom the showmanship is the (ex-)Israeli player’s appeal but it freed him up to play to the top of his game in the company of a player whom he clearly respected. The agenda was set out nicely by the first number, Barnes’ Fat Catwith the composer playing baritone sax against Atzmon’s alto. A perfect full-tilt unison bop opening elaborated into a grand solo blast-off that contrasted Barnes’ roots in the British sound of Tubby Hayes and Bobby Wellins with Atzmon’s more American allegiance to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane (though the spirit of the latter would run through both players at times). In Atzmonesque style the number subsided into a sleazy cabaret jazz playout that ended with smiles all round.
The smiles - which were shared by the near capacity audience - stayed there for the rest of the evening as the two multi-instrumentalists swapped between bass clarinet, soprano, alto and tenor saxes (Atzmon) and clarinet, alto and baritone saxes (Barnes). At one point Atzmon even played two saxes - alto and tenor - at the same time, Roland Kirk style and all this variety added texture and context to a well-chosen sequence of all-too rarely identified tunes. Barnes’ tribute to his collaborator Giladiator unleashed Atzmon’s blustering confrontationalism in torrential Coltrane-style outbursts yet was soon tamed into an exchange of elaborations between the front men. The more modernist Phonus Balonus, by contrast had all the insouciance of a cool Charlie Mingus tune. Some of the best moments came in ballads like the elegant Old Folks (dedicated to the grey haired among the audience) which evolved into a fine free improvisation. At some point the soloists exchanged their alto saxes for clarinet and bass clarinet allowing a lyrical, unaccompanied double-solo ending that was one of several free-flowing exchanges that deserved to be developed into more of the material.
That number highlighted the delicate contribution of pianist Frank Harrison: balancing between Yaron Stavi’s ever-muscular bass and all that horn-blowing firepower he somehow always managed to shape the music while remaining never knowingly overplayed (though he was also always quick to seize any opportunity for a smart solo). Drummer Chris Higginbotham similarly reined himself in for much of the time, delivering crisp definition with occasional flutters of randomness. Happily everybody got to let their hair down for Spring in New York with its hip-hop grooviness and blistering bebop solos making an excellent closer for a set that had showcased two formidable musical personalities on a mutual quest to bring the best out of each other.
Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble is giving away their track Gaza Mon Amour in return for donations to PTC(UK) Palestine Trauma Centre UK via I Give You Give!
PTC(UK) Palestine Trauma Centre UK
Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) supports Gaza’s mental health and community workers. It has direct links with Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza City. By supporting us you will help - Deliver Therapeutic Approaches to Children and Families in Palestine - Provide Resilience to Traumatised People - Give Specialist Psychological Training & SupervisionRead More
Despite Alan and Gilad’s very different backgrounds and approaches, their love of bop and post-bop as well as their mutual respect both professionally and personally makes the collaboration natural – it’s early days but I am sure more co-penned numbers will emerge and a CD will ensue.Read More