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 –

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

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