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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: October 27, 1967

Amir Perelman (42) has been playing string instruments since he was 15. He grew up in Israel and partly in the U.S. and lived for ten years in the Netherlands and France where, as an active musician, he performed at various jazz clubs and festivals throughout Europe. He taught music at the Rotterdam Conservatory and composed scores for the theatre, as well as for commercial television. During his formative years, Perelman was exposed to many different musical influences such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Indian, Armenian and Mediterranean music, all of which are reflected in his work. By fusing rhythms and scales from both east and west, he has created his own personal sound and style...
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A cross-cultural bridge linking Hassidic and Kabalistic melodies generated by the many varied Diasporas of Israel and a highly innovative ethno-jazz fusion, arranged for this unique acoustic ensemble: the New Song of Jerusalem is the distilled expression of Amir Perelman's contemporary repertoire.

CNET Editors Review:

Skilled guitarist Amir Perelman meshes the many musical styles he's picked up while plucking his way around the globe. Whether dabbling in traditional Indian music or playing contemporary Western material, the Israeli composer seems to always teeter his tunes on the edge of complexity. He's gone as far as to modify his guitar to sound like a sitar, strumming dazzling melodies in the process.

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