ABOOUT 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). They are "Exposure" (FSNT 228, 2005) and "Optimistic View" (FSNT 307, 2009).  In 2019 Hagiga's third CD was released under the German label QFTF. The CD features the Brazilian percussionist Joca Perpignan. Hagiga received funding from ACUM for this CD. All of the CD's got enthusiastic reviews from important sites like JazzTimes.com, JazzReview.com and AllAboutJazz.com

"Hagiga" means "celebration" in Hebrew, and accordingly the Hagiga's performance is a feast to the ear. The show is based on spontaneous interaction between the players and produces a mesmerizing and profound experience for the listeners. 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 and venues, among them The B-flat (Berlin, Germany) 2019, 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, 2018), 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.

The music of "Hagiga" is influenced by such artists as Jazz Messengers, Booker Little, Dave Douglas and more

 

BAND MEMBERS

ALON FARBER

Alto & Soprano Saxophone

YEHONATAN COHEN

Tenor Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet

ODED MEIR

Trombone

EDEN GIAT

Piano

ASSAF HAKIMI

Upright Bass & Electric Bass

ROY OLIEL

Drums

Jazzreview.com

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"

Allaboutjazz.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 Hagiga Sextet is a fantastic find… Hagiga has developed a tasteful interplay while melding disparate musical traditions from around the world "

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

JazzTimes.com

David Franklin

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

Group Members

Alon Farber

Alto & Soprano Saxophone

Yehonatan Cohen

Tenor Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet

Oded Meir

Trombone

Eden Giat

Piano

Assaf Hakimi

Upright Bass & Electric Bass

Roy Oliel

Drums

Alon Farber

Alto & Soprano Saxophone

Yehonatan Cohen

Tenor Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet

Oded Meir

Trombone

Eden Giat

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 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