Newport Jazz Festival

It is my great pleasure to finally play at this legendary Jazz festival with the Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble this Saturday July 3oth. Edmar is a phenomenal Colombian harpist and composer who has put together a truly international band of amazing musicians which include Marshall Gilkes (trombone, USA), Gergoire Maret (harmonica, Switzerland), Yosvany Terry (saxophones, Cuba), Rodrigo Villalon (drums, Colombia), David Silliman (percussion, USA), Pablo Vergara (keyboards, Chile) and Andrea Tierra (vocals, Colombia). Hope to see you at Newport Jazz Festival , but if you can’t make it and still want to hear the music, the band recorded an album live at the Jazz Standard, which you can find HERE.



Cornelia Street Cafe with TELAVANA

On sunday May 29th TELAVANA makes its first appearance at a much loved Greenwich Village institution – Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY). Comprised of equal parts Cubans and Israelis, TELAVANA combines Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a lively mix of rhythms and textures bridging the musical spheres of the middle east and the Caribbean. the band will feature Kali Rodriguez, trumpet;  Edgar Pantoja-Aleman, piano;  Or Bareket, bass;  Yusnier Sanchez, percussion & Dan Aran, drums 





Lincoln Center with Maite Hontele

Maite Hontele is an amazing trumpeter and bandleader with a warm tone and lots of feeling.  She’s originally from Holland but in the past few years has been living and creating in Medellín, Colombia . Tomorrow, May 10th Maite will join Los Hacheros and myself for a free concert at Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30pm


Hong Kong

I recently got back in town from a week in Hong Kong with fantastic singer Bianca Wu and an ace band that featured Art Hirahara, Nick Hempton, Juancho Herrera, Jonathan Powell, Dan Aran, Evan Gregor and Paulo Stagnaro. We played three sold-out shows at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and it was an incredible experience. I really loved the energy of the city and the people there and I can’t wait to get back. Heaps of thanks to Bianca, Patrick Chu- the executive producer, and everyone who played and participated. here are a few pics from the trip:











New Album – Amos Hoffman’s ‘Back to the City’

Last Wednesday I was delighted to join my friend, mentor and incredible guitarist Amos Hoffman for his CD release party at Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village. The album was recorded last winter and features Omer Avital, Vince Ector, Duane Eubanks & Asaf Yuria playing mostly Amos’ original Jazz tunes, alongside some beautiful standards. I joined them in the studio as a guest on one song (Little Pigs). Check the album out HERE



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