Bio

 

 

Uri Bracha

   Guitar Player , Composer , Arranger ,Big Band Conductor 

Uri Bracha is a multicolored crossover musician. His music is a unique blend which expresses the multiple cultures in Israel and create a musical melting pot that contain Brazilian, Flamenco with eastern and western elements with jazz improvisation.

 

Education:

1986 – 1991:  Classical Guitar with Haim Asulin and Composition with Yinam Leef at the Jerusalem Academy of music.

1988 – 1992:   International artist classes in Spain & Italy of classical guitar with guitarists: Wolfgang Lendl, Alirio Diaz, Narciso Yepes & Rogiero chiessa.

1993:  N.Y.C – U.S.A studying jazz with John Abercrombie.

2012 –studies for M.A with professor Betty Olivero &Professor Gideon levinson

at the Composition Department in Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Scholarships

1986:  Cultural American-Israeli fund award for playing classical guitar.

1986:  Scholarship from the Libya’s foundation.

1988:  Scholarship from the Jerusalem Academy of music.

1989:  Cultural American-Israeli fund award for playing classical guitar.

Educator & Professional Experience

2002~ : Head of guitar department, Senior teacher of classical & jazz guitar, Ono music academic college

1997 – 2018 :  Senior teacher of classical & jazz guitar, Head of percussion, vocal & guitar department, Givataim Conservatory.

2010 ~ : Conductor of Givataim Conservatory’s Big Band

Other Teaching Experience

2005 – 2006: Master classes in guitar in Kibbutz Kabri for guitarists from the North of Israel.

2008:  Master classes in guitar: Youth village – Meir Shfeya.

2009: Master classes in guitar: Metro-West School for the arts – Raanana.

2010: Levinsky College; Guest artist to lecture about methods of guitar playing.

Musical events

1995, 1996 & 1998: performed in 3 International guitar festivals held in Tel-Aviv.

2002:  Participation in the Jazz Red Sea Festival after releasing his second album “Origins“.

2005, 2006, and 2007: Performed with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra in special programs: From Improvisations to Ornamentation, Jazz Brazlian project and other projects.  The projects Included Bracha’s arrangements for orchestra, voice and guitar.

2006, 2007 and 2010: Abu-Gush Festivals with 3 different programs that include Opera singer and guitar, Viola and guitar and orchestra with guitar.

2007: Uri & his band performed Uri’s original tunes in the international Jazz Festival held in Tel-Aviv.

2008: Playing guitar with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra,  Original tunes and arrangements for Bach music by Uri Bracha.

2010: Bracha and Italian pianist Tony Pancella headlined the 2010 Tel Aviv Jazz Festival with a special production.

2011: Playing with Haifa Big Band, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea music.

2011: Uri Bracha Trio playing Jazz Israeli Bossanova and working on a new Album.

Playing at Bet Avihai.

2012: Concerto for viola string orchestra & Guitar Played by Haifa Symphony Orchestra, written by Uri Bracha. The Concerto has been Chosen for a Tour coast to coast in USA in jan 2014.

2013: playing with Mausha Adnet (famous brazillian singer) with Kibutsim orchestra.

Uri Bracha trio Playing at Bet Avihai with Israeli Bossa nova project.

2017: perfoming  in January  with Original  Guitar concerto with Ramat Gan string orchestra

2017: wining a scholarship from culture minister for making an original Album Called: Dance Of life

2018 July, perform in Elma Center of Arts with Uri Bracha Quintet

2018 Invited with his group to perform in Dublin Irland.

2019 feb’ Played in Eilat International jazz festival – uri bracha quintet

2019 Oct’ perform with quartet at the movie Festival in Haifa

2020 feb’ perform as a conductor & musical director with Givataim

youth Big Band, at the BigBand Coference, of Israel.

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Albums

1995: 1st Album “Every think you asked for” with best local jazz players in Israel.

2002: 2nd album “Origins” granted him the participation in the 2002 Jazz Red Sea Festival.

2009: 3rd Album, Dou with Tony Pancella “Different like two drops of water” and participated in the International Jazz Festival – Tel-Aviv, feb2010.

2016-17: 4th Album, “Dance of Life” with Uri Bracha quintet Supported by the award of Israeli culture departement .

Other Projects:

2005: Classical guitar arrangement book of  known Israeli songs.

2010: Classical guitar arrangement book for children songs.