By Jack Barnes
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Itamar: I’ve recently found the life and career of Quincy Jones inspiring. Also of trumpeter Dave Douglass, Bjork, and tabla master Zakir Hussain.
Getmybuzzup: What can fans expect on your latest album “Boomerang”?
Itamar: An album that you can close your eyes and listen to from start to finish, and be transported to another world.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote the album?
Itamar: Oh yes. We’ve been touring.
Getmybuzzup: What was it like working with legendary artists such as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero?
Itamar: It’s such a privilege really, and this opportunities are becoming very rare, since the old generation is leaving us. There’s a transfer that can only happen in person, and on the band stand really. This music is passed by apprenticeship, it’s that kind of tradition, and that link to the past is crucial, in all aspects of life, not just music.
Getmybuzzup: What Jazz artist inspired you to become a musician?
Itamar: Well, my father inspired me to become a musician, even though he is not a “jazz” musician. I grew up with his music, and it was magical. People touch instruments and a beautiful sound comes that effects how you feel! It was obvious to me that I want to do have that magic in my life.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Itamar: The next one I’m going to compose.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Itamar: I would say Wynton Marsalis. His level of success and influence is unmatched.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
Itamar: Definitely Curtis Fuller, I grew up listening to him on my favorite records by the Jazz Messengers, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson etc. Also working with Omer Avital had that effect, I was a fan of his music growing up in Israel, before playing with him.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Itamar: I feel these are problematic times for music. While a lot of good music is being produced, the industry as a whole is suffering. There is very little appreciation for quality in music. It’s being given away for free online, and people wont pay more than $10 a month to have the entire music cannon of all times at their finger tips. The sound quality is terrible. The music industry is still at the dark ages of Fast-Food, Reality-TV stage of the year 2000. TV is having a renaissance period of appreciation for quality with Netflix, Amazon, HBO originals etc. In the food world, there’s a growing appreciation for health food, organic food, artisanal food, etc. In the music world we’re still on a “Yea give me the cheapest” mentality. But our renaissance will come.
Getmybuzzup: When your not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Itamar: I read a lot.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any musician dead or alive who would it be?
Itamar: John Coltrane and Gil Evans.
Getmybuzzup: What artist’s music are you currently a fan of?
Itamar: Tom Harrell.
Getmybuzzup: When performing and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
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