Uri started playing guitar when he was 13 and went on to study Classical Guitar with Haim Asulin and Composition with Inam Leif at the Jerusalem Academy of music. Uri had won twice the cultural American-Israeli fund award for playing classical guitar.
After graduating the Academy Uri decided to go for jazz. He traveled to N.Y.C to study with John Abercrombie and to play with local bands. After playing with an N.Y.U leading group, Uri decided to travel back home to Israel, where, he believed, was the right place to write his music.
Uri Bracha’s music is a unique blend which expresses the multiple cultures in Israel and in the Middle East with Brazilian and jazz music. His music influenced by traditional jazz such as Miles Davis and well-known guitar players such as Pat Metheny and Paco de Lucia.
Uri has been performing all over Israel with his original tunes and arrangements. He performed in 3 International guitar festivals held in Tel-Aviv in 1995, 1996 & 1998.
Uri has performed, as a soloist, his original music and arrangements, with orchestras and big bands in Israel, bringing local and international influences in a unique sound to the stage.
Releasing his second album “Origins” granted him the participation in the 2002 Jazz Red Sea Festival.
In February 2007 Uri and his group performed with new original tunes in the International Jazz Festival held in Tel-Aviv.
In early 2010 Bracha and Italian pianist Tony Pancella were headlined the 2010 Tel Aviv Jazz Festival with a special production. The two Jazz musicians performed selected items from their new album, which includes their own originals, interpretations of standard pieces, compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sasha Argov, and songs specially selected for the Festival.
Bracha and Pancella met in 2009 to record a duet. The album, they jointly recorded, was launched shortly afterwards on the Italian market, under the title ‘Different like Two Drops of Water’.
Uri’s energetic running program “voices instruments and boss nova” includes original tunes, famous Brazilian composer’s tunes and songs.
Uri’s repertoire as solo guitar player includes: classical Spanish guitar tunes, Brazilian tunes, Israeli and jazz tunes. Uri, also, integrates different singers in events and concerts.