Village Vanguard Sept. 7th

This Sunday September 7th I’m going to play at the world famous Village Vanguard for the first time (!) with Roberto Rodriguez & Octeto Masada playing the music of John Zorn. This unique band will be playing Roberto’s Kleizmer/Cuban flavored arrangements to music from Zorn’s Book Of Angels.
Village Vanguard – 178 7th ave. South New York, NY 8.30pm

Gato Gordo Dance Party at Cubana Social

Cubana Social is a beautiful venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn dedicated to excellent Cuban food, drinks and music. It is my pleasure to announce that Gato Gordo – my band featuring some of NYC’s top talent –  will be performing at Cubana Social this Month as part of  FIRST SATURDAYS – A Celebration of Afro-Cuban Roots, Music & Dance Every First Saturday of the Month . This show coming up – September 6th – will feature the vocal and tres stylings of Yuniel “El Poeta” Jimenez, the incomparable Jainardo Batista on congas and vocals, Manuel Alejandro Caro manning the timbales, and surprise special guests.

Cubana Social –  70 N. 6th st. Brooklyn, NY



Telavana at Philadelphia Museum of Art July 18

I’m very excited about tomorrow’s show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, since I’ve been writing some new compositions and arrangements and this band really breaths life into them.

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 features Dan Aran – drums, Paulo Stagnaro – percussion, Edgar Pantoja – piano, Dennis Hernandez – trumpet and Tamir Shmerling – bass. You can see a news item from the Philadelphia City Paper HERE


Ital Kriss Flyer 7-8-14

Los Hacheros Live Radio Broadcast

Tomorrow (saturday 7/21) from 7-7.30pm Los Hacheros will be playing a free show which will be broadcast LIVE on the radio! WFMU 91.1fm as part of Making Music New York
At MERIDIAN 23 (161 W. 23rd Street, Chelsea) come and join us and the other fabulous bands which will be sharing the stage tomorrow, or tune in to the radio online or terrestrial …1

New Video – Duo with Tamir Shmerling

Here’s a video of our recent tribute to Nurit Hirsh at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem.

This is a duet rendition of Balada Lashoter (Ballad for the Policeman), the theme song from the classic Israeli movie “Hashoter Azoulay”

Tribute to Nurit Hirsh – Live Video Stream of Today’s Show

I’m really excited about today’s show at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem- a jazzy tribute to Nurit Hirsh who is perhaps the most prominent composer and  songwriter in Israeli history. Since the 60′s Nurit Hirsh has penned more than 1,600 songs, many of which became classic standards with multiple cover versions and were featured in films, radio, TV and theater. In the past few months I dedicated myself to writing new arrangements of some of my favorite Nurit Hirsh compositions, and the result is to be performed tonight in Jerusalem featuring Yonatan Voltzok – trombone, Nitai Hershkovits – piano, Tamir Shmerling -bass, Daniel Dor – drums and Raz Shmueli – special guest vocalist.

The concert will be video-broadcast live here:


Itai Kriss and Dan Aran Quartet – New Video

Here is a new video of the Quartet featuring Eden Ladin on piano and Or Bareket on bass

Gato Gordo at Fat Cat

Tonight we continue our monthly tradition of bringing Son, Salsa and Timba to Fat Cat in the west village. The band features some of the most exciting and prolific players on the latin music scene. Come dance with us!

FAT CAT (75 Christopher street, New York, NY)

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Dan Aran & Itai Kriss: “Sketch for Toki”

In the past few months, incredible drummer Dan Aran and myself have been working on a new quartet project featuring our original compositions.

We have a few quartet videos on the way and some shows coming up too, but here’s a little preview of just the two of us. This is a tune I wrote called “Sketch for Toki”


New Video with Elio Villafranca

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of performing with the great pianist and composer Elio Villafranca on a show titled “On Any Given Night In Havana” at DROM in NYC. The original compositions  recapture some of the beauty and excitement of the Jazz scene in the cuban capital in the late 50′s. I hope you enjoy this video from the show featuring Marvin Diz – Timbal, Chembo Corniel – Congas, Yunior Terry – Bass, Elio Villafranca – Piano and Compositions, and myself on the metal tube. This is Elio’s interpetation of “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov