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Jonathan Besser and the Zestniks - Gimel


Wed 15 Jun 2016, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Albion Hotel, 119 Hobson St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • CJC Members: $10.00
  • Students: $10.00
  • General Admission : $15.00
  • CJC Members / Students : $10.00
  • CJC Student Members : $5.00
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Related Artists:

Asher Truppman-Lattie - Clarinet
Iselta Allison - Viola.
Finn Scholes - Vibes and Trumpet.
Eamon Edmundson - Double Bass.
Yair Katz - Drums.
Jonathan Besser - Piano.
with special guest vocalist - Carolina Moon.

Wildly romantic, zestful Jewish music.

In this Concert, the Zestniks will be performing Besser's complete Gimel 1 Suite.

Gimel Music is wildly romantic, energetically sad, zestful and tuneful music. Gimel music features 'methods of counterpoint', that Besser learned at the 'Mannes College of Music' in 1970's New York City. Now these old ideas mix it up with improvisation.

All the suites in Besser's 'Gimel series' have one thing in common Three. 'Gimel' is the third letter in ancient Hebrew Alphabet. It's Besser's intentions to approach composing all the Gimel music Suites thinking conceptually, using the number three as the guiding 'musical form' (bringing three to the fore). Such as Three Bar phrases, three Chords (with three inversions) repeating, in 3/4 timings etc. Besser says that he's liberating his Gimel music from music's more common 'square' 4 bar Phrases, in 4/4 timing.

Besser's 6 piece band the Zestniks have been performing together for well over a year. The Gimel 1 suite has already been toured nationally in 2012 and was performed in the Sydney at the Shir Madness Jewish Music festival.

These days the Zestniks personnel are always updating themselves - keeping the music fresh and vibrant. Vocalist Carolina Moon takes us into a different orbit.

Every Wednesday CJC presents a featured member artist or international guest. We are currently located in the basement bar at The Albion Hotel, 119 Hobson St until further notice - please check the website for changes.

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