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ABOUT THE BAND

Hagiga in Hebrew means “celebration” and in our music we celebrate the cultural divergence of our Israeli heritage. Hagiga is inspired by the variety of musical flavors and colors of the “Israeli soundtrack”. Our compositions cross musical genres and are influenced by Swing, Moroccan, Funk and Brazilian backgrounds. It is this unique "celebration” of original Israeli jazz that is Hagiga  .

Alon Farber Hagiga was founded in 2001 by Alon Farber and Dani Benedikt, and have since then released three albums: "Exposure" and "Optimistic View" were released by Fresh Sound Records (Barcelona). Nathan Halaway from jazzreviews.com named Hagiga "one of the finer groups that the Fresh Sound label has produced". "New Directions", released by QFTF (Berlin), prompted internationally acclaimed saxophonist Eli Degibri to note: "Taking their time, the band captivates the listener through a deliberate, fascinating and wondrous journey."

In September 2021 Hagiga's new album "Reflecting on Freedom" will be released on one of the leading jazz labels in the world, "Origin Record"

Hagiga has performed at local and international jazz festivals, and venues, including the Paris Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Jerusalem International Jazz Festival, OCT-LOFT Festival (Shenzen, China), Tel Aviv International Jazz festivalF The B-flat (Berlin), and Israeli International showcases. Over the years Hagiga has collaborated with amazingly talented and important artists such as Omri Mor, Eli Degibri, Anat Cohen, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Ofer Ganor, Omer Klein, Amit Friedman, Amos Hoffman and many others.

Alon Farber, the band leader, studied Jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston, and is a recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister's Award for Jazz Composers (2016) and the Wayne Shorter Award for Composers (1998). He is one of the founders of the "Israeli Jazz Orchestra" in which he plays lead saxophone, and also serves as associate arranger and composer

"No other way to put it: The Alon Farber Hagiga Sextet is a fantastic find!"

(Jay Deshponde, allaboutjazz.com)

 
Group Members

Alon Farber

Alto & Soprano Saxophone

Yehonatan Cohen

Tenor Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet

Oded Meir

Trombone

Katia Tubul

Piano

Assaf Hakimi

Upright Bass & Electric Bass

Roy Oliel

Drums

 
Article Quotes

Nathan Halaway

"This is one of the finer groups that the Fresh Sound label has produced…Let it be known that Farber and his musicians have incredible empathy and their own voice. They are NOT copycats, nor sound like anyone else…This record is for anyone who is wanting to hear a new voice emerging in the jazz scene"

Jazzreview.com

Mark F. Turner

"This Tel Aviv-based group influences include Wayne Shorter and Dave Douglas while attempting to display their own style with brassy horns, a meaty rhythm section, and subtle hints of their Middle Eastern heritage."

Allaboutjazz.com

Jay Deshpande

"No other way to put it: The Alon Farber Hagiga Sextet is a fantastic find… Hagiga has developed a tasteful interplay while melding disparate musical traditions from around the world"

Allaboutjazz.com

David Franklin

"Filled with delightful surprises, Alon Farber's Exposure offers fresh takes on a variety of idioms"

JazzTimes.com

 Eli Degibri

"New Directions is a well-crafted CD led by Saxophonist Alon Farber and drummer Dani Benedikt whose writing is original and smart, balanced and most importantly, thoughtfully aware of each one of the individual band members. Taking their time, the band captivates the listener through a deliberate, interesting and wondrous journey"

Linear notes to the CD