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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble

Led by fiery saxophonist and award-winning composer Gilad Atzmon, The Orient House Ensemble was founded in London in 2000 and is renowned as one of the world’s most brilliant and inspirational jazz groups. Drawing on the music of Coltrane and Bird as well as the beautiful music of the Middle East to create something new and wonderful the Ensemble has been touring constantly all over Europe and the UK and recorded six albums to date, have won many awards and received constant worldwide critical acclaim. The musical history of the OHE is a story of a relentless attempt to cross the divide, blending East and West and forming a new improvisational language out of Jazz and ethic music.


For Atzmon, artistic freedom is the true meaning of cultural resistance. He insists that   that this is the exact quality that transformed Black American music from beauty into spirit.  For Atzmon the true meaning of being a musician is a constant attempt to keep reminding yourself why you decided to play music in the first place.  

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Though the Ensemble blends many musical ideas and styles it is always within the Jazz idiom: the energy, the subliminal communication, the poetic pain and ecstatic laughter. The Orient House Ensemble is there to keep Jazz as a spirit of resistance:  a struggle against musical stagnation and oppression of any kind.


"A formidable improvisational array...a local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height..."-John Fordham, The Guardian


“Atzmon is an astonishing musician.”

John Lewis, Metro, September 07


"An avid Charlie Parker disciple..." Evening Standard March 2009


"Atzmon is surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz..." The Times


"Atzmon is a loose cannon: a larger than life figure with an almost overpowering musical personality... it's as perfect a jazz marriage as you could wish for" Phil Johnson, Independent on Sunday



“Atzmon sends his soprano sax and clarinet soaring over complex rhythms from all points of the globe with a poetry that never forfeits control.”- Nina Caplan, Metro


"His flow of ideas and coherent marshalling of them makes for solos that are as exhilarating as they are impassioned" The Herald Sunday Tribune