Ariel Bart - In Between
Mayu Shviro - Cello
Moshe Elmakias - Piano
David Michaeli - Double bass
Amir Bar Akiva - Drums
Ariel Bart - Harmonica
Her debut album, “In Between”, was released in May 2021 on “Ropeadope Records”.
In the album, Ariel presents a unique approach to the harmonica and her composed melodies which are inspired by the European jazz tradition and the middle-eastern world.
When listening to the CD for the first time - without knowing any further information like cover text or photos - I thought I heard an instrument from the group of air-driven instruments like accordion or bandoneon. The sounds were so powerful, intense and differentiated that they could not have come from the small harmonica. I even had associations with the bandoneon of Astor Piazolla: sounds, playing style, the dramatic in the themes, the emotional effect. Some time ago I had the opportunity to interview Astor Piazolla. When asked about a possible influence of jazz on his music, the creator of Tango Nuevo replied, "No, not musically, but from the aesthetics of the way of playing very much". Applied to Ariel Bart, it could read, "Musically it's not the music of Astor Piazolla, but aesthetically it certainly is."