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Played on Episode #127

Guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman is an Israeli born musician that has been fusing the rhythms and melodic colors of the Middle East with Modern Jazz his entire musical career. Hoffman has recorded 5 solo albums, The Dreamer (1999), Na’ama (2006), Evolution (2008) Carving (2010) and Back to the City (2015). He has also contributed on dozens more for artists in Israel and worldwide including: Avishai Cohen, Kiko Berenguer (Spain), and Jan Mlynarski (Poland). In 2013 Amos was awarded one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes – The Landau Prize for Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the field of Jazz.


Noam Lemish is an Israeli-American jazz pianist and composer currently based out of Toronto, Canada. Lemish has several recordings to his credit, including: The Turning (2016), The Magic Clavier Book I (2015), Nightfall (2013), The People’s King (2010) and Yes And (2008). His compositions include chamber, choral, piano, numerous jazz works and “The People’s King”: a commissioned multi-cultural suite in celebration the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday composed while teaching music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in 2010. Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian musician, composer, harpist, accordionist, and pianist who writes, records, and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes.

THE AMOS HOFFMAN & NOAM LEMISH QUARTET. Guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman and pianist and composer Noam Lemish have teamed up to bring an interesting collection of jazz colored Jewish folk melodies that combine elements of swing with the melodic colors of Middle Eastern musical influences.

Amos Hoffman: guitar and oud

Noam Lemish: piano

Justin Gray: bass

Derek Gray: drums and percussion

with guest Pedram Khavazamini: tombak (6 – 8) and Jacob Gorzhaltsan: clarinet (6)

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Played on Episode 127
Modern Jazz Today

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