Amikam Kimelman

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    Saxophonist, arranger and producer. Graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University,  and  Berklee College of Music. Co-leader of the legendary jazz group ‘Overdraft’ and leader of The ‘Hard Jazz Knights’ and ‘The Human Factory’ jazz quintets. Amikam performed in festivals throughout the world, such as Grahamstown (SA), Pretoria (SA), Almati (Kazakhstan), Baku (Azerbaijan), EU Jazz Express (Budapest) and Essen (W. Germany) as well as numerous performances in Israel. Played with Joanne Brackeen, Lew Soloff, Jeff Berlin, Franck Amsallem, Jean Loup Longnon, Sheila Jordan, Mike del Ferro, Inaki Sandoval,  Billy Cobham, Ari Hoenig and Lou Marini, arranged and composed for The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Israel Simfonietta – Beer Sheva, for top Israeli jazz, pop and rock stars such as Rami Kleinstein, Shalom Hanoch, Nurit Galron, Marina Maximilian Blumin, Alon Olearchik, Yehoram Gaon, and Gidi Gov, for prime time television shows and for major musical events in Israel.  Amikam served as the general and academic director of the Rimon School of Music between the years 1990 and 2014. At present he is the head of the external studies programs of Rimon, directs the music program at Nofei Habesor high school at the Negev, musical director and conductor of The Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and artistic director of the Israeli record label Jazz 972

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