About the band:
The veteran Hagiga Sextet was founded by Alon Farber and Dani Benedikt at 2001. Both are Berklee College of Music alumni. Alon was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister Award for Jazz composers (2016) and the Wayne Shorter Award for composers (1998).
The Hagiga released three CD's so far. The first two were released in the prestigious label Fresh Sound Records (Barcelona, Spain). Both CD's got enthusiastic reviews from important sites like JazzTimes.com, JazzReview.com and AllAboutJazz.com
In 2016 the group recorded its third CD "New Directions" that will be released on summer 2019 under the German label QFTF. The CD features the Brazilian percussionist Joca Perpignan. Hagiga received funding from ACUM for this CD
The music of Hagiga crosses genres- the group can go from swing to Moroccan music to Indian music to funk and classical music
Hagiga participated in many festivals, among them OCT-LOFT festival (China) 2018, Red Sea Jazz festival (2017, 2007), Copenhagen Jazz festival (2017), Jerusalem International Jazz festival (2016, 2006), International showcase (2009, 2013), Tel Aviv International Jazz festival (2013), Paris Jazz festival (2010) and many more
In her shows and records Hagiga collaborated with important artists like Omri Mor, Eli Degibri, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen (trp), Ofer Ganor, Omer Klein, Amit Friedman and more.
"Hagiga" has developed its own sound along the years, sound that comes from the unique personality of each member of the group. The members of the sextet use these original compositions as a launch pad from which they take off to create a new and exciting atmosphere, spiced with the savory fragrances and flavors of the Mediterranean.
The music of "Hagiga" is influenced by such artists as Jazz Messengers, Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman