Hagiga in Hebrew means “celebration” and in our music we celebrate the cultural divergence of our Israeli heritage. Hagiga is inspired by the variety of musical flavors and colors of the “Israeli soundtrack”. Our compositions cross musical genres influenced by swing, maroccan, funk and Brazilian backgrounds. It is this unique "celebration” of original Israeli jazz that is Hagiga.
Hagiga was founded in 2001 by Alon Farber and Dani Benedikt, and have since released three albums: "Exposure" and "Optimistic View" were released by Fresh Sound Records label.
Hagiga has been performing at both local and international jazz festivals and venues including The B-flat, OCT-LOFT festival, Red Sea Jazz festival, Copenhagen Jazz festival, Jerusalem International Jazz festival, International showcase, Tel Aviv International Jazz festival and Paris Jazz festival. Over the years Hagiga has collaborated with amazingly talented and important artists such as Omri Mor, Eli Degibri, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen (trp), Ofer Ganor, Omer Klein, Amit Friedman.
Alon Farber, band leader, studied Jazz composition in Berklee College of music, Boston, and was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister Award for Jazz composers (2016) and the Wayne Shorter Award for composers (1998). He is one of the founders of the "Israeli Jazz Orchestra" were he takes both roles of the lead saxophone and an associate arranger and composer.
Alon Farber: Alto & Soprano Saxophone
Yehonatan Cohen: Tenor Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet
Oded Meir: Trombone
Eden Giat: Piano
Assaf Hakimi: Upright Bass & Electric Bass
Roy Oliel: Drums