Toronto Downtown Jazz and the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation are pleased to present this year's Israeli Jazz Showcase, as part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture. To open, lush soundscapes and subtle percussion grooves lay the ground for Aviva Chernick's crystalline and soaring vocals in a reimagining of traditional Balkan Ladino repertoire along with original Hebrew melodies. Then Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues - demonstrating why the Itamar Borochov Quartet's latest album Boomerang has been receiving worldwide critical acclaim.
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Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city. After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero, and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed debut recording Outset (2014) was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his forthcoming album Boomerang was chosen as "revelation of the month" on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.
Aviva Chernick is an award-winning singer singing in Hebrew, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and English. She has had the pleasure of making music with many wonderful musicians including Frank London, Yair Dalal, Jackie Richardson, Ken Whiteley, Levon Ichkhanian, Maryem Tollar, Lori Cullen, and Flory Jagoda. Aviva was one of the founding members and lead singer of the Canadian World Music group Jaffa Road with whom she toured across Canada and to the United States and Brazil (2002-2016). She was the first Canadian to be awarded a Virginia Folk Life apprenticeship to continue her studies with "American National Treasure" and Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda. She celebrates this Balkan Judeo– Spanish folk tradition with a contemporary reimagining of the music in her newest collaborative project, a trio with musical partners Joel Schwartz and Justin Gray. Aviva’s collaborative recordings have garnered nominations and awards including Juno nominations for Jaffa Road’s albums Sun Place (2010) and Where The Light Gets In (2013), a Canadian Folk Music Award for Where The Light Gets In (2013), a Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination for When I Arrived You Were Already There (2012) as well as for Under the Canopy (2008). Aviva and her co-writers from Jaffa Road won the John Lennon International Songwriting Grand Prize for their rendition of “Lo Yisa Goy”, a prayer for peace.