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Yogi Shetrit trio: Virtuosi performance!

Ravi V Chhabra-fnbworld By Ravi V. Chhabra



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It was a ‘breathless relief’ to have reached in time to the famous Nehru Park despite massive car parking woes. Shetrit trio from Israel was performing as we made our way to the second row in front. (Yogev Shetrit - drums, Stav Goldberg - piano, Meni Welt - bass).

The 7th Delhi International Jazz Festival, a three-day (23rd – 25th Sept. 2017) Jazz jamboree organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) as always had on board fine bands from Spain, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Israel and India. {News for Soul} exclusive interview with Yogev Shetrit - born in 1978, he is a professional Israeli drummer/percussionist, performer and composer and has been teaching music for last 18 years. Shetrit established his band in 2015, with the aim of playing his own compositions. The band has performed in jazz clubs in Israel and Europe. 

Shetrit is a founding member of Coolooloosh (2003-2014), a critically acclaimed funk and hip-hop band which received international exposure by extensively touring the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. The band released three albums and performed at many festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival. Shetrit has recorded and performed with renowned artists including Chuchito Valdez, Avi Adrian, Elon Turgeman, Eli Benacot, Dori Ben-Zeev, Mika Karni and others. In addition, Shetrit freelances at various projects on a regular basis.


Yogev Shetrit-fnbworld


fnbworld: How did you get initiated into Jazz? 

Shetrit: I started to play the drums when I was 11. I played mostly rock around 16.  I started to play fusion with friends that made me listen to Dave Weckl and Steve Gadd and bands like Uzeb, Tribeltake, Alain Caron, Mike Stern and a lot more. Around 19 years, I started listening to jazz giants like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey and many more. 

fnbworld: When did you form this trio and where all have you performed till now? 

Shetrit: In February 2016, I recorded my first studio album as a bandleader and composer. The album, entitled "New Path" was launched in September 2016 and since then the trio has been performing across Israel. In February, we played at ‘Shaon Horef’ Festival in Jerusalem. In March 2017, we performed at the International Jazz Festival in Guatemala, two concerts and four master classes. The trio was selected to represent Israel at the Kazakhstan Expo from 16-21 July 2017 for three concerts. India tour now September 23-30, 2017: Delhi Jazz Festival, a concert in Guwahati, concert and workshop in Aizawl at the first Jazz Festival in Aizawl Mizoram, a concert in Shillong.

fnbworld: Your musical training and mentorship?

Shetrit: I earned my BA in Musicology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2000-2004) and studied at the Drummers Collective in NYC (2005) and received a full scholarship for studies at the Rimon School of Jazz and contemporary music (2006-2007).

fnbworld: What about the 'New Path'?

Shetrit: The album “New Path” contains 11 instrumental pieces composed, arranged and produced by me on drums and percussion. It fuses traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary jazz, Jewish and Mediterranean music. The funk and drums and bass influences are also evident on some of the tracks. 

fnbworld: What has been the jazz scene traditionally and in contemporary times in Israel, as jazz is perceived to be not growing much? 

Shetrit: The jazz scene in Israel is big and at its peak and there are a lot of artists that are very successful abroad. 

fnbworld: I am particularly fond of Avishai and Yossi Fine. Who are your mentors? 

Shetrit: Musicians like Avishai Cohen - the bass player and Omer Avital, Avishai Cohen - the trumpet player and more. Those three are my models/mentors.

fnbworld: Which drummers have impressed/struck you most (both rock and jazz)? 

Shetrit: Since age 16, I have been inspired by Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta and many more. Now I listen to almost every drummer but mostly to Brian Blade, Eric Harland, Mark Guiliana, Karim Ziad, Jeff Ballard, Antonio Sánchez, Dafnis Prieto, Horacio Hernandez, and the list is so long. In Jazz I love Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Max Roach Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes and others. In rock the invincible John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro - Metallica, Mashina (Israeli band) and others.

fnbworld: Who is your favorite  jazz bassist? 

Shetrit: The wonderful bassists for me are Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Dave Holland and, of course, Charles Mingus.

fnbworld: One of my favorite bassists from Israel is Avishai Cohen and I enjoy his performance on Youtube. Do you intend to jam with him? 

Shetrit: Oh yes, Avishai Cohen is amazing and he inspires me for my compositions. And I certainly want to jam with him. Hope one day soon I will play with him.

fnbworld: Your views on Indian classical fusion music? 

Shetrit: Indian music is amazing and so vast. Such rich music with endless things to study, is overwhelming. 

fnbworld: One of the most versatile cross-genres musicians/composers has been Frank Zappa. What are your views about his contribution to music? 

Shetrit: Zappa is amazing and a very good musician but I have to say that I am not a fan of his music.

fnbworld: Israel is a great friend of India what memories are you taking of India and our people? 

Shetrit: You are right...there are lots of memories and inspiration in your ancient civilization. I really like the Indian people and Indian audience and I was very excited to play my music with my trio. I would love to come back soon to the amazing India!

fnbworld: Have you had a chance to listen to Indian folk and classical music? 

Shetrit: Sure, Zakir Hussain and many more. I also really like the Bollywood productions.


Special thanks to ICCR  for facilitating this interview.


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