Jazz Standard With Edmar Castaneda’s World Ensemble

Tonight and tomorrow Edmar Castaneda’s World Ensemble take to the stage to celebrate the release of “EDMAR CASTANEDA WORLD ENSEMBLE: LIVE AT THE JAZZ STANDARD” which was recorded last year and is released today (!) This is an incredible band –  a collaboration with amazing musicians from all over the world, Brazil, Tukey, Israel, USA, Colombia, Chile playing original music written by Edmar.
Featuring: Gregoire Maret Harmonica – Andrea Tierra Vocal- Marshall Gilkes Trombone -Itai Kriss Flute – Shlomi Cohen Soprano Sax – Pablo Vergara Piano -Rodrigo Villalon Drums – David Silliman Percussion -Tamer Pinarbasi Kanun -Sergio krakowski – Pandeiro. At the Jazz Standard, sets at 7:30 and 9:30pm



DownBeat 63rd Annual Critics Poll Rising Star

I feel honored to have been cited again in DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE’s annual critics poll as a Rising Star in the flute category. It feels great to be in good company. Many thanks to all the supporters out there!


DownBeat | Digital Edition | August 2015

Back From Assam

I recently got back from India and boy, was it a trip to remember! Master tabla player Kaushik Konwar graciously invited Israeli guitarist Yosi Levy and myself to come to his home state of Assam in the far northeast of the country for a trio concert. Apart from the wonderful performance at the library auditorium in Jorhat featuring the middle-eastern / Indian / jazz fusion music of Yosi Levy, we got to see some of the breathtaking countryside of Assam –  full of rice fields, tea gardens and tropical forests. We held a press conference for local journalists, visited an orphanage- where the kids sang for us and we played for them, as well as ancient Ahom dynasty temples and buzzing street markets. All in all it was an incredibly enriching experience and I can’t wait till next time. Here are some photos from the trip (videos coming soon) –
















Assam – India

I’m very excited to announce my first trip to India! I’ll be joining Israeli guitarist Yosi Levi and Indian tabla master Kaushik Konwar for a show and a masterclass in Assam, India. Here are the details:

April 25th – Showcase concert at SANGEET MALANCHA BASANT MELODY FESTIVAL at District Library Auditorium,Jorhat ,ASSAM at 6:45 pm

April 26th –  Oasis Workshop at Sangeet Malancha Hall ,Dibrugarh 3 pm to 7 pm.


I’ll post music and pics from the trip when I get back to NYC

Itai In Israel

Right now I’m wrapping up a surprise visit to my homeland of Israel, where I got to play with some old and new friends and managed to eat way too much… Here are a couple of pics from a show at Tel Aviv’s ABRAXAS club with funky Middle Eastern /Central Asian space cowboys Alla One





New Record with Los Hacheros

It felt good to return to The Creamery Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn last week to finally record the follow up to the much celebrated PILON (2013). The other Hacheros and I spent much of the winter rehearsing and composing new material and now the new songs are finally immortalized on tape. The studio had undergone serious renovations since we recorded last, so we were recording in style but the tape machine was still the old beloved Tascam 338. The band got an upgrade too, in the form of guest percussionist Roberto Quintero who lent us his hands of steel and incredible energy. You can hear some of the new repertoire at our Sunday night residency at VERLAINE (110 Rivington St, New York, NY) and the new album will be available in LP and digital form this summer. A GOZAAARRRR!!!







Swinging Penguins

The nasty cold wave that has been chilling the denizens of New York City doesn’t seem like it’s letting up any time soon, but that doesn’t seem to deter the music community in the least. In homage to the jazzwomen and jazzmen who keep this town going and the audiences who brave the freeze I’m happy to announce a special show at Bar Next Door this tuesday featuring two of my favorite musicians – drummer Charles Ruggiero and bassist Petros Klampanis. Come check us out, sets at 8:30 &10:30pm. We promise it’s warm inside…

bar next door march

Tuesday March 3rd. Sets @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm

Bar Next Door – 129 Macdougal St. New York, NY

$12 cover

Valentine’s Week at Subrosa with Albita

Starting February 12th I’ll have the pleasure of joining Grammy and Emmy winning Cuban singer Albita and her marvelous band for valentine’s week at one of NYC’s newest clubs dedicated to Latin music – Subrosa. It’s a beautiful venue managed by Blue Note Entertainment Group in the ever fashionable Meat Packing District. We’ll be playing two sets a night – 7pm & 9pm on February 12-15. Here’s the link to buy tickets.

Subrosa – 63 Gansevoort St. New York, NY 10014


Trio Show at Bar Next Door Tonight Dec. 5th

Tonight I’m fortunate to be working with two of my favorite instrumentalists in New York City – bassist Petros Klampanis and drummer Charles Ruggiero, at the cozy and intimate setting of Bar Next Door in Greenwich Village. The program includes some of my original compositions written over the years and trio renditions of my favorite jazz standards.


New Video – TELAVANA

Itai Kriss & TELAVANA at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sept. 29th 2014

*Video by Makoto Mastuo
*Telavana Website – http://telavana.tumblr.com/

Itai Kriss – compositions & flute
Dennis Hernandez – trumpet & flugelhorn
Edgar Pantoja – piano
Tamir Shmerling – bass
Dan Aran – drums
Paulo Stagnaro – percussion

Special thanks to Deborah Baer Moses