Accordionist, pianist and composer Uri Sharlin is a bonafide innovator who synthesizes melodies from around the Mediterranean Sea with world rhythms, forming a music that breathes joyfulness and melancholy with expressive clarity. Upon arriving in New York City, Uri started studying with jazz legends Jackie Byard and Arthuro O’Farrrell, while at the same time getting exposed to music from all over Latin America. He has traveled numerous times to Brazil to soak in the country’s rich musical culture and language. In 2003, Sharlin started his own group, the Cardamon Quartet, where he blends influences from the Mediterranean with those of the Americas, including avant-garde jazz, classical, rumba, and Brazilian samba. The group plays Sharlin’s compositions along with rearranged traditional folk songs from his native region.
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