Influenced by such musicians as Anouar Brahem and Egberto Gismonti among others, Adama creates exciting and original material, rich with Middle Eastern and Flamenco sounds. Adama – which takes its name from the Hebrew for ‘Earth’ – pushes the boundaries of classical, contemporary jazz and world music composition and improvisation to produce a vibrant new sound with unusual melodies and complex rhythms.
Formed in 2003 by internationally acclaimed composer Itamar Erez, Adama comprises oboe and English horn player Tony Nickels, bassist Laurence Mollerup, and Stevan Cihelka on tabla. These are seasoned musicians with broad musical interests and experience drawn from their unique blend of European, Middle Eastern and North American roots. Adama’s music is a fusion, and a mirror of their multicultural origins and influences.
Originally from Israel, Erez is a pianist and guitarist, recipient of the ’1997 Israeli Prime Minister Creation Prize for Composers’ and an Associate Composer at the Candian Music Centre.
Desert Song (2005)