David Broza is one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the world today. His 40+ year career encompasses Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Folk and World music. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, English and Arabic, he brings together audiences of all cultures, bridging barriers of language through his music. At this SOPAC performance, he is joined by Cuban “Trio Havana” with Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro and Yuniel Jiminez as well as special guest and flute virtuoso Itai Kriss. Together they bring a unique interpretation to the full spectrum of Broza’s rich repertoire of hits.
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Israeli superstar Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion and rhythms, to a signature Rock and Roll sound, David Broza’s charismatic and energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world.
Raised in Israel, Spain and England Broza has been giving his charismatic and energetic performances worldwide since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye Tov” first hit the airwaves, promoting a message of peace. Broza is also known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, especially a resolution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict through dialogue, culture, music and mutual respect. Now, with a string of multi-platinum albums—in Hebrew, English and Spanish—he continues to hone his message. Broza was awarded a Spanish medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance. A passionate peace advocate, he has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Broza garnered widespread acclaim for his 2013 album East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg and recorded it entirely in the Palestinian Sabreen Studio in East Jerusalem. The work, featuring a band of both Israeli and Palestinian musicians, resulted in a beautiful, intimate documentary of the same name. Vanity Fair called the documentary “extraordinary” and added “if no one else is going to try and heal the world, he will.” East Jerusalem West Jerusalem is currently streaming on Netflix. Broza’s 2016 album, The Set List, captures his best-loved songs culled from studio recordings and live performances over the years. His latest release, Taba’at ZaHav (The Golden Ring), is a collection of 13 new songs about love and separation co-written with lyricist/poet Tzruya Lahav and sung entirely in Hebrew. A powerful entertainer and industry innovator, Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message, energetic performances and musical allure.
Born in 1977 in Havana, Cuba, Jorge Bringas began his music studies at the age of 11 in “La Paulita Concepcion.” He moved on to study with master Cuban bassist, Carlos del Puerto and began playing and touring with Omara Portuondo of Buena Vista Social Club fame. In the late ’90s he settled in Miami, where he became Albita Rodriguez’s bassist and musical director. He recorded on the Grammy Award-winning album, Albita Llegó and then in Miami, he had the great opportunity to perform and tour with the late great Celia Cruz. He also performed with Nachito Herrera and was one of the founding members of the Timba band Tiempo Libre.
Grammy Award nominee Manuel Alejandro Carro, a.k.a. “MannyA,” is a New York based Cuban artist of many talents: a singer, songwriter and a master percussionist who is at home in many musical genres. From his Ballads to Latin songs, music aficionados are uniting around his exceptional lyrics and tunes. In his debut album Ser Grande Por Dentro, MannyA explores a series of reflections, or “inspiraciones,” on universal themes of love, artistic passion and the search for higher meaning. His debut created an awakening in the Latin Pop world and firmly established him as a powerful presence. The world eagerly awaits the release of his upcoming EP.
Yuniel Jimenez ,”El Guajiro” (The Country Boy), is a singer-songwriter and a master tres player who came from Santa Clara, Cuba to New York City. He brought with him not only his tres-guitar, but also a piece of the country side of Cuba to the Big Apple.
Dubbed as “one of the most exciting new flutist-composers” on the scene, Itai Kriss seamlessly commands a variety of musical genres with an eclectic style infused with Jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds. Having spent the past 15 years working at the forefront of New York City’s Jazz scene while performing, recording and touring with some of the world’s top Afrocuban, Latin and Salsa artists, flute virtuoso Itai Kriss now fuses the sounds of his native Israel with those of his adopted homelands in the Americas with his band TELAVANA