Itamar is an Israeli born trumpeter and composer now based in Brooklyn, NY. Itamar has played major jazz festivals all over the world and is regularly featured at the top jazz venues in NYC including Jazz Standard, Smalls and Smoke. Itamar’s sound is transporting and unique. His inspirations are rich and varied: Edith Piaf, Weather Report, Prince, Coltrane and others.
Originally from the cosmopolitan port city of Jaffa, Israel, Itamar brings the influence of Sephardic sacred music to jazz. He first heard this music in his local synagogue and quickly broadened his range of musical influences to include the ‘maqams’ of the greater Middle East and North Africa. The ‘maqam’ is the mode of Arabic music, which brings Itamar’s music to the modal jazz of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others. His immersion in the NYC jazz scene in the 2000’s convinced him: “I must be true. If Coltrane was inspired by the fact that his father was a preacher, I had to do the same thing. Lee Morgan brought the gospel, and I bring the music from the Jewish and Arabic tradition.”
Itamar’s music embodies passion, soulfulness and fire! “What is immediately surprising is that Itamar invites us into a universe, into an imposing and magnificent atmosphere…a state in which he aspirates us to make us travel in the very first seconds!”