“Shabazi” Video + Single out now!

Last summer I had the great pleasure of collaborating with two incredible artists – belly dancer Elena Nayiri and filmmaker Maxwell Enrique Bahamón. Working together we conceptualized and produced this video to “Shabazi” – one of my compositions from the upcoming TELAVANA album. Apart from being a great belly dancer, Elena is also proficient in various Cuban dance styles, which is evident in the duet scene with  our special guest singer-dancer Chino Ponz. I feel very fortunate to have found someone who, like me, is fascinated with both middle-eastern and Caribbean modes of expression and is also a really fun person to work with. I met the filmmaker, Maxwell, during the video shoot for “Timbalaye” by Los Hacheros and I really love his cinematographic style, imagination and attitude. This is my first attempt at a music video and there are so many people I need to thank for participating – Belly dancers Susana Nieto and Pamela Rose, Benny Oyama for hosting us on his rooftop, all of our lovely extras who came to dance on the rooftop for the party scene, Malaya De Jesus for the sumptuous buffet, the band members and many more…

Here are the links to the single track on spotify and itunes





and here’s the video. Enjoy!

P.S. stay tuned, there are some live music + belly dance performances coming up!

New Year, New Shows

Happy 2018!


Israel Tour Announced

It’s holiday time! And that means it’s time for me to head to the middle east to visit family and friends, and to play some fun concerts in the land of milk and hummus. There are a lot of firsts on this visit-  it will be my first time to play at the Jerusalem Jazz Festival, first time to perform duo with Eden Ladin in Israel (we already performed in the US and Mexico together) and the first time to play the music of Telavana in Tel Aviv at a brand new Jazz series at the Pasaz! Click on the images below for show details.  hope to see you there…

Itai Kriss & Eden Ladin Duo at Levontin 7


Non Standards with Keren Ann at the Jerusalem Jazz Festival


Itai Kriss & Telavana at the Pasaz

Dance video from Rockwood

Here’s a video from TELAVANA’s debut show at Rockwood Music Hall on Sunday Oct. 22nd featuring four amazing dancers – Elena Nayiri (who also choreographed the piece), Salit Cohen-Cheng, Pamela Rose and Susana Nieto. We had a great time and can’t wait to collaborate again –  stay tuned for the next performance…


Telavana At Smalls Tonight

This Is the first time we play at Smalls – my favorite jazz club in the world – so it’s reason to celebrate! The band tonight features Jonathan Powell on trumpet, Cesar Orozco on piano, Tamir Shmerling on bass, Dan Aran on drums and Manuel Alejandro Carro on percussion.



Telavana at Subrosa Tonight

Subrosa – our beloved Latin-Jazz club in the meatpacking district is closing and eventually moving to a new undisclosed location. But we’re playing the very last concert there tonight with a special edition of TELAVANA featuring Jonathan Powell, Tamir Shmerling, Dan Aran, Cesar Orozco and special guest – master conguero Samuel Torres. Come down and help Subrosa go out with a bang


Telavana at the Django + album recording

Exciting times coming up for Telavana – the band I put together representing my desire to bring the musical realms of the middle east and the caribbean a little closer – we’re getting ready to go into the studio next week and record an album! it’s going to be the first time we step into the studio together and the first time the music is documented properly. But before we do that we’re going to play all of our tunes live at the Django  in TriBeCa this Saturday night. The lineup will include Edgar Pantoja/piano, Dennis Hernandez/trumpet, Manuel Alejandro Carro/percussion, Or Bareket/bass and Dan Aran/drums. See you there!


TELAVANA photos from Exit Zero Jazz Festival

We had a great time performing for two consecutive days at Cape May, New Jersey’s Exit Zero Festival and we were lucky to have phenomenal photographer Richard Conde to document it. The band featured Or Bareket  – bass, Marcos Lopez – percussion, Kali Rodriguez – trumpet, Dan Aran – drums & Cesar Orozco – piano

Here are some of the results
















Mexico Tour Announced – Duo with Eden Ladin

I’m really excited to embark on my first visit to this monumental and fascinating country, especially since I’m going to be playing music written by myself and by one of my favorite pianists and composers – Mr. Eden Ladin. This is the first time we attempt a tour as a duet and we’re going to play at diverse venues across Mexico.

Thursday oct. 20th 8.30pm at Centro Cultural Olimpo
(Merida, Yucatan)

Saturday oct. 22nd 11.30pm at Festival Cervantino : Carpa Allende- Trasnoche

Monday oct. 24th 1pm at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
(Mexico City)

Tuesday oct. 25th 8pm at the Tijuana Cultural Center
(Tijuana, Baja California)


Red Sea Jazz Festival

In a few days I’ll be heading to the lovely sea side town of Eilat to celebrate  an historic moment (for me, anyway…) the first time I bring a New York band to perform in Israel . The Red Sea Jazz Festival is by far the biggest and funnest Jazz event in the Middle East and I’m really excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play there with the HAVANA SPECIAL featuring the maestros

Yuniel Jimenez – tres / Edgar Pantoja – piano / Rafi Malkiel – trombone / Gabriel ‘chinchilita’ machado – congas / Nestor Villar – timbales / Jorge Bringas – bass

We’re playing on Monday August 29th at RED NOTE stage at 10pm