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Tevet Sela

Tevet Sela is saxophonist, flutist and composer based in Montreal. Over the last years, Tevet has been leading his quartet, which exclusively performs his music.

In his repertoire, Tevet weaves together elements of soulful Jazz-funk with African and Middle Eastern music. Born and raised in Israel, Tevet’s style of music is influenced by the rich blend of cultures found in Israeli society, ranging from Jewish to North African music, and from Middle Eastern to Western music. This singular mix of influences characterizes Tevet’s instantly recognizable and individual style.

Tevet, who is also a bassist, has an extraordinary sense of rhythm manifested by his ability to transform the saxophone into a rhythm instrument and to combine his tight rhythmic lines as an integral part of the rhythm section. This rhythmic approach, along with Tevet’s song oriented compositions, makes for a complete and satisfying experience.

Tevet started playing classical piano at the age of 7. When he was 12 he began playing the saxophone and his interest in Jazz started to grow. At the age of 16 he started to compose his own music and began his professional musical career. Tevet soon became a much sought after session player, playing at the house bands of the most popular Israeli television shows as well as contributing solos for soundtracks and artists releases, both in Israel and abroad.

Tevet, who is also a graduate of the prestigious Thelma Yelin School of Arts, has toured in France and the Netherlands as it’s big band featured soloist. In addition, Tevet holds a Diploma in music education, and has over the years won several scholarships of the America-Israel cultural fund.

In the year 2000 Tevet established his own band and started to record and perform his original compositions. In the spring of 2003 Tevet’s debut album ‘Tevet Sela’ was released and followed by a European tour. Tevet’s live concerts generate interest and enthusiasm and his music is frequently played by radio stations around the world including the BBC Radio, and leading Jazz stations in the USA. The debut album was nominated for the ‘jazz album of the year’ and the ‘jazz composition of the year’ awards at the JPF Music Awards 2006.

Tevet released his second album entitled ‘Coming True’ in 2007. The album was recorded in a quartet setting and continues the adventurous spirit of Tevet’s debut album but with a more jazz-funk flavor to it. It displays Tevet’s evolving writing, arranging and producing abilities. Again this album had gained a lot of exposure and Tevet’s quartet toured and performed in supporting of this album.

In 2010 Tevet has brought to life yet another refreshing musical project in his third release ‘Jazz flute’. Although Tevet has done a lot of studio work as a flutist for other artists, this is the first time he releases a complete album dedicated to this instrument. While sharing his talent as an accomplished flutist and accompanied by a strong rhythm section behind him, Tevet, again, creates an album that consists of his own material exclusively.

“An intriguing concert for all who love innovative and exciting jazz … Tevet Sela Quartet presents an intelligent and skillful mix of classical harmonies with a Kleizmer influence and North-African rhythms… ” – Time Out Magazine

“Tevet Sela follows a sense of ‘let it go’, when this magical moment happens, his saxophone will shrill, snarl and weep every note to collide into a turning mass of sounds. Tevet Sela injects a high skill onto this release with creativity, spontaneity and passion, offering a very original music which is certainly worth the time.” – Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, JazzReview.com