Meet Yuval Drabkin is one of the top-called saxophonists in the Israeli jazz scene, and has also performed in large pop music productions many times. Yuval obtained his BFA in jazz performance on a full merit scholarship from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he also completed his studies. In the past, he attended the Rimon Conservatory of Music in Ramat Hasharon and the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.
Clearer Night by Yuval Drabkin With a lineup joining the lyrical yet always collaborative pianist Ido Haimovich alongside subtle drummer Yali Shimoni and bass by Gonn Shani.
Trio also performed live on 24th August, 2022. Here’s a video of the trio playing: https://www.facebook.com/1438912241/videos/1511491002680625
In addition to his work as a performer, Yuval also teaches privately and in school programmes. At Tel Aviv’s prestigious Ironi Aleph High School for Performing Arts, he teaches ensembles. Additionally, Yuval has collaborated on a number of CDs with well-known Israeli musicians including Eden Giat, David Sirkis, Nadav Berkovits, Asaf Harris, and others.
As Israel’s Yuval Drabkin unleashes the comforting embrace of Felice, smooth jazz with an organic, live presence pours down with equal parts emotion and accuracy.
Felice, which includes the added skills of three jazz musicians on the piano, upright bass, and drums, skillfully transitions from quiet, meditative beginnings to more than eight minutes of rising tempo and complexity. The lead saxophone and the supporting layers take the listener on a trip, displaying many shifting sceneries and stages as we stroll through the smoky backstreets of a more innocent time.
Particularly in the middle, there is a certain amount of energizing rapidity while yet flawlessly implementing the musicians’ uncompromising togetherness. The impact on the body and mind is then much more apparent when we gradually return to tranquility.
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