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Hamami, The Western East

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Yossi Hamami
The Western East

for bass (or alto) flute and harp 

Yosef (Yossi) Hamami creates bridges and break down fences between different genres of music: Eastern and Western, popular and classical. His music points towards a new pluralistic musical reality.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1972, Yossi Hamami began his musical career as a bassist in rock and fusion groups. In 1992, he was one of the founders of the famous Israeli "Monica Sex" rock band, whose albums received several platinum awards. In 2000 he founded another rock band, "TimeZone."
At age 26, Yossi began studying composition with composer Richard Farber. Since then he has written a number of chamber works that have been performed often in public concerts and broadcast over the radio. Freakollo, his concerto for piccolo was premiered in 2010 by Lior Eitan and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and since the piano reduction was published in 2012 it has been performed in the Far East, Europe and the USA as well.

In 2012 Yossi formed "Contrast Casting" with flutist Lior Eitan and cellist Micha Haran. This unusual group performs songs written, sung and arranged for the group by Yossi Hamami. 

Flutist Lior Eitan: 

I met Yossi Hamami for the first time in 2000 at a concert that combined a rock band with a classical ensemble. In a chance conversation between us, I told me him that I own a bass flute. As a bass guitar player, he showed a lot of interest in the rare instrument. A number of meetings between us in which I demonstrated the bass flute inspired him to write The Western East for bass flute and harp, which was premiered in May 2002 at Kibbutz Negba by myself and harpist Yulia Rubinsky. In its three movements, the work combines elements from the worlds of classical music, jazz, and Eastern music. When we considered publishing the work in 2012, we decided to add a version for alto flute. 

Hear The Western East performed by Lior Eitan and Yulia Rubinsky


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