Jarasum International Jazz Festival

Asaf Sirkis of Asaf Sirkis Trio (Israel)
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Country and Region South KoreaGyeonggi-do
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Festival Contact Information

Jarasum Jazz Center
2F 432 Eumnae-ri Gapyeong-eup
Gamyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Phone: +82 031 581 2813~4
Fax: +82 031 581 2815
Email: jarasumjazzfest@hanmail.net

Festival Dates October 3 - 6, 2013
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Artist feature 2013:
  • Asaf Sirkis (Israel), featuring Mike Outram and Steve Lodder
    Festival performance — October 4, 2013
    • Asaf Sirkis — The drummer, composer was born in 1969 in Petah-Tikva, Israel. Asaf later moved to the town of Rehovot, where he spent his teens and early twenties. This was an influential move for Asaf, as it was here amongst the diverse cultural influences he found in Rehovot that Asaf began to show an interest in music and rhythm. In Rehovot he lived amongst people from North Africa, east and central Europe, and the Middle East. Living in Shaarayim, the Yemenite neighbourhood in Rehovot, Asaf was particularly drawn to Yemenite culture, music, and rhythms. At the age of 12 Asaf began drum lessons, while also having a strong interest in playing electric bass. The music that influenced Asaf at the time still influences his writing and playing till this day; The Beatles, Police, Yes, Genesis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Allan Holdsworth, and Weather Report to name a few. Asaf started his professional career as a musician playing with many different young Jazz-Rock, Kleizmer, world music, and Free Jazz bands. During that time he co-operated with Israel’s local Jazz/world luminaries such as Harold Rubin, Albert Beger, Yair Dlal and Eyal Sela. In October 1998 Asaf left Israel and eventually settled in London in April 1999. He soon become part of the UK Jazz and world music scene, and started working with Adel Salameh, a Palestinian aud player/composer with whom he recorded the album ‘Nuzha’ which featured Asaf’s Middle Eastern frame drum playing. Soon after arriving in the UK Asaf re-formed the Inner Noise band with Steve Lodder (Church Organ) and Mike Outram (Guitar). In 2003 Asaf recorded the Inner Noise’ first album (‘Inner Noise’, Konnex KCD 5113). ‘Inner Noise’ is widely considered a groundbreaking album and the music has been described as a new gender - ‘Gothic Jazz’. The CD was chosen as one of the best albums of 2005 at the CHUOFM89 radio jazz station in Canada. Asaf is currently touring extensively with his Trio and with his ‘Inner Noise’ band, and is gaining in reputation as a composer and band leader.
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Lineup 2013:
  • Jo Young Doek Trio
  • Asaf Sirkis Trio
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Erik Truffaz Quartet
  • Abdullah Ibrahim “Senso”
  • Nuevo Tango Ensemble
  • Miroslav Vitous featuring Jangeun JB Bae, Jean Oh, Wonsool Lee and Dongjin Shin
  • Steve Gadd Band featuring Walt Fowler, Laryy Goldings, Jimmiy Johnson and Michael Landau
  • Lars Danielsson Trio “Liberetto” featuring Iiro Rantala and Wolfgang Haffner
  • Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Walenius Duo
  • Anna Maria Jopek


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