Face to Face is my second solo album. This album centers around the act and influence of a meeting with another, a confluence which changes you. Every single interaction you experience with someone else adds color to your inner world – A different perspective of reality, another vantage point from which to view the world around and within. This album emerged from my many interactions with others in my life. The ones that truly changed me to my core. Like my meeting with Yael my dear partner, my first meetings with the compositions of David Bowie and Mordechai Zeira that moved me so, and most notably for this album, my meeting and merging with the members of the quartet. Through our touring and traveling together, we’ve learned how to know one another on deeply personal and professional levels as friends and musicians. Through our bond the sound of our quartet emerged.
A major source of inspiration for this album, is the teacher who had the greatest influence on me as a composer and improviser, the Hungarian-Israeli composer Professor Andre Hijdu, may he rest in peace. My interactions with him changed me forever. During the years I studied with him, I learned to use improvisation as a composition tool, it is through this improvisation we find new directions and new ideas for our creations. Moreover, in recent years I have also used composing as a tool for improvisation, I’m trying to challenge my improvised (speech) abilities by writing music that will be a truly challenging ground for improvisation. However, more than anything else, he taught me to never be afraid of change. on the contrary, he taught me how to embrace and welcome change. This album is dedicated to him.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” (David Bowie)