Saxophonist Alon Farber is one of Israel’s leading jazz musicians and co-founder of the Israeli based band Hagiga. Named after the Hebrew word for “celebration”, Hagiga has produced three albums and performed at most of Israels top Jazz Festivals including the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Tel-Aviv international Jazz festival and the Jerusalem international Jazz festival. Outside of Israel Hagiga has performed at a number of top European festivals such as the Paris Jazz Festival and not without controversy at the Copenhagen Jazz festival. In 2018 that band toured China performing a number of concerts including the OCT-LOFT festival in Shenzhen.
The initial idea for Hagiga was hatched around 20 years ago, when Farber and drummer Dani Benedikt were students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After returning to Israel, the two came together to form the band along with Hagai Amir, guitarist Uzi Finerman and bassist Tal Ronen and with the addition of Avishai Cohen on Trumpet released their first album Exposure. Farber mentioned that a great deal of the initial music in the bands repertoire was actually written while he was still resident in the United States.
Let it be known that Farber and his musicians have incredible empathy and their own voice. They are NOT copycats, nor sound like anyone else. – Jazzreview.com
No other way to put it: the Hagiga Sextet is a fantastic find. Hagiga has developed a tasteful interplay while melding disparate musical traditions from around the world. – AllAboutJazz
Filled with delightful surprises, Alon Farber’s Exposure offers fresh takes on a variety of idioms – Jazztimes