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Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Vortex | reviews, news & interviews

Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Vortex

Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Vortex

Charismatic Israeli saxophonist combines political jokes and fine orientalist jazz

The force of Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon’s world view – his anti-Zionism, but also what Robert Wyatt, a self-confessed “Gilad groupie”, calls the “intrinsically non-racialist philosophy that's implicit in jazz” – comes through loud and clear in his stage banter. Not many jazzers namecheck the Chilcot Inquiry or dedicate tunes to “the biggest arseholes on the planet”: ie a good handful of (named) British and Israeli politicians.

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I am a great admirer of Gilad Atzmon and his contributions to the world about hypocrisy of so-called Israel entity that pretends to be a state exclusively for the Jews! Atzmon exposes this agenda very forthrightly via his writings and his music. A pleasure to be at his concert physically and spiritually sharing this experience and getting energy to combat Israel's empty dream by ethnically cleansing Palestinians. They have occupied their land for decades now and must give up!

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