YAAKOV HOTER, GUITAR- specializes in gypsy swing guitar is also a composer, lyricist, arranger, writer, and teacher. His band, Swing De Gitanes has been in the forefront of the gypsy swing genre in Israelwiththree albums and hundreds of performances, participation in major international music festivals,and collaborations withleading international gypsy and jazz luminaries, including Martin Taylor, Lulo Reinhardt, Evan Christopher and more. He is a teacher of gypsy swing guitar worldwide via his online school at www.gypsyandjazz.com.
GILAD HAREL, CLARINET- is an avid chamber music player, new music promoter and an active klezmer/world/pop music performer and soloist in Israel and worldwide. He has appeared with the Geneva Camerata, the Torino Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Sinfonieta, and plays regularly with Ute Lemper. He created “l’Histoire Du Klezmer” for ensemble and electronics, performed in Taiwan, and played at the Krakow Festival for Jewish Culture with the Sexteto Roberto Rodriguez. He collaborates frequently with renowned artists such as pianist and conductor David Greilsammer, mandolinist Avi Avital, clarinetist Chen Halevi and with composers such as Elliott Carter, Salvatore Sciarrino, John Zorn, Tristan Murail, Philippe Leroux, and many more.
GILAD EPHRAT, DOUBLE BASS- Studied under Michael Klinghoffer (Academy of Music, Jerusalem) and Teddy Kling (IPO). He founded the Gilad Ephrat Ensemble and has appeared with leading Israeli artists such as Noa, Idan Raichel, Nurit Galron, Shlomo Gronich, Riki Gal, Arcadia Duchin, and many more. Recently he performed with Ara Dinkjian ("night Ark") in Israel, and recorded double bass for Yasmin Levy's new record. He was among the founders of the band "Makondo" and has performed with leading Israeli musicians Yair Dalal, Eyal Sela, Zohar Fresco, Mark and Peretz Eliyahu and the Israeli Ethnic Ensemble, throughout the country and around the world.
DANIEL HOFFMAN, VIOLIN- is one of the foremost experts of the Yiddish, or klezmer violin style and first heard klezmer music played by his father. He co-founded Davka and The Klez-X in San Francisco, Trio Carpion in Israel, and performs Turkish music with Harel Shachal and the Ottomans. As a composer he has written silent film scores, concert pieces, and many theatrical scores, including the musical David in Shadow and Light. Daniel moved to Israel in 2005, where he has performed extensively at the National Theater, Habima, and with Ehud Banai, Shai Tsabari, Shuli Rand, Berry Sakharov, and many more. Daniel tours internationally with Ute Lemper and is currently producing a documentary film series which explores the Italianate violin's unique role in classical and traditional music worldwide called Violin Around the World.