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Omer Klein

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Omer Klein was born in Israel May 15th, 1982 and grew up in the town of Netanya. He began to study music at age 7. He excelled and was accepted to Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, a national arts academy that fostered a number of the talents that make up the Israeli-American jazz movement, including mentor and bandmate Omer Avital. Klein achieved recognition officially as an �Outstanding Musician� by the Israeli Ministry of Culture. He later received a scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory in Boston and moved to the United States. Since 2006, he has been living and working in New York, and working with artists such as Joel Frahm, Clarence Penn, Ben Street, Meshell Ndgeocello, Jason Lindner, Avishai Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Joe Martin, Jaleel Shaw, and of course, Omer Avital.

I had already heard Omer Klein in the newest edition of Omer Avital�s ensemble. Ever since I met Omer Avital 12 years ago, I�ve been intrigued by the new music arising out of the Israel-New York jazz connection. In the mid-nineties, the now-legendary Omer Avital Sextet made a big impact on the New York scene, synthesizing elements of Middle Eastern and African Music with American Jazz, and coming out with a music of wide dramatic sweep that was the definitive statement of a new jazz sound. Now fully the maestro, Avital has been mentor to a generation of young musicians.

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