About Colorful Blue
Rami & Shlomy Alster – Colorful Blue
After years of playing together it seems that a unique sound is emerging, especially because of our strong connection to wind instruments and the variety of music we are influenced by. Our style moves from the familiar to the more complex and experimental pieces, while still maintaining our uniqueness in the more 'familiar' pieces.
Since 1995 we have founded many combos, some of them standard (saxophone, trombone, bass, drums, piano or guitar), some more unusual such as four saxes, trombone and drums or a horn sextet and drums.
In these bands we play original music or unique arrangements to standards – Blues, Be Bop, Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, Funky,
Ballads, Modal, a combination of Jewish and Arab music with Jazz, and experimental pieces which are less defined stylistically.
Our music is both instrumental and vocal.
Our Latin Jazz album "A New Beginning" is currently sold on cd baby: link . The album consists of pieces influenced by different Latin styles: Brazilian (Bossa Nova, Samba, Capoeira) Afro-Cuban (Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha) and more abstract modern Latin Jazz. Each piece has a different story, its own sound, and yet, there is also, an overall sound to the whole album, a distinct fingerprint to the whole project.
A very versatile album, pieces from it you can listen to on our website or on soundcloud.
Recently we have finished our second album named as our group "Colorful Blue". If one can label music, we would label it a Hard Bop album. It has traditional elements as well as more modern or innovative pieces. It is mostly original but does have a few standards with arrangements giving them a different flavor.
We are currently finishing our funky/fusion album "Rebelution", again an entirely new world very different from previous albums.
On our albums and performances we collaborate with Israel's finest musicians.
See mix #1 - YouTube
See mix #2 - YouTube
For more info on our albums: link
For more music you can listen to us on: link
Please visit our site: link
Rami Alster : ++972-52-2340200, Email: ruff65@link
Shlomy Alster : Telephone: ++972-77-2103863 ; Cellular: ++972-52-8084095
Saxophone player, conductor, composer, arranger and teacher.
A graduate of Rimon school of Jazz and contemporary music in Jazz performance, arranging, symphonic orchestrating and conducting.
link. in arts from Zefat academic college.
I've played with many big and small bands such as the Haifa symphony and Big Band and the Holon Big Band.
Since 1990 I've been teaching saxophone, musical theory and ear training. I've been conducting, arranging and composing for Jazz ensembles, concert bands, symphony orchestras and composing songs (based on lyrics). In 2011 one of my compositions "Scenes from Kena'an" reached the finals in a composing competition (with Jewish orientation) and was performed by IDF concert band. My symphonic piece "Creation of the 4 Elements" reached the semifinal in the acclaimed Ravel competition representing Israel in that category. In recent years I've been studying Jewish and Arab music and integrating it in my music.
Trombone player, conductor, composer, arranger and teacher.
I studied with top players from the Israeli Philharmonic orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony before and during three years in the Tel Aviv music academy (classical music), and one year in the jazz department at WPSU in New-Jersey directed by the known bass player Rufus Reid and saxophone player David Demsey. At WPSU I studied trombone with two of the leading jazz trombone players today: Conrad Herwig and Ed Neumeister, and participated in ensembles directed by drummer John Reily (Village Vanguard big-band) and pianist Harold Mabern.
I've played with many big and small bands such as Haifa, Hed and Holon Big Bands. Today most of my performances are with my band co led with my brother. Since 1999 I've been teaching trombone, musical theory and ear training. I've been arranging and composing for Jazz ensembles, concert bands and songs (based on lyrics that some of them I write).
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