Harel Shachal (IL; composer, clarinet)

Composer and clarinetist Harel Shachal is a leading voice in today’s growing, international jazz/Middle Eastern music scene. His devotion to the maqam as well as his knowledge of jazz form the basis of his unique approach.

In 2002 Shachal became a faculty member at the ‘New School’ for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NY) With his nonet ‘Anistar,’ that fused of Middle Eastern music and jazz, he performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Tichman Hall and ‘The Knitting Factory’ among many others, and he continues to perform at major festivals throughout the world.

As an Israeli musician Shachal has performed and recorded with many of the country’s leading musicians and he is a successful composer for film and theater. Shachal currently lives in Israel and is a faculty member at the ‘Israeli Music Conservatory’ (Tel-Aviv) and at the ‘Maqamat’ Academy for Middle Eastern music (Tsfat). These days Shachal is working on a new album with his group The Ottomans and with The Harel Shachal Trio.



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